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Rabat to Dakhla via Agadir

Rabat is the capital city of Morocco, North Africa.  Rabat offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Kasbah of the Udayas
  • Chellah
  • Hassan Tower
  • Mausoleum of Mohammed V
  • Dar al-Makhzen
  • Ancient Medina
Hassan Tower and Mausoleum

Hassan Tower and Mausoleum

I stayed near the Media and walked to, Hassan Tower and Mausoleum, Kasbah of the Udayahs and the downtown Rabat area.  It’s possible to visit all these places on foot in a day.  Rabat is one of the better cities to visit in Morocco because there are not so many people heckling and pushing to sell you things like in other Moroccan cities such as Marrakesh or Fes.  The places to visit in Rabat are pretty similar to those of other more touristy cities but without the hassle.  There are lots of hotels to choose from, varying from ridiculously cheap, to better quality hotels.

Rabat waterfront

Rabat waterfront

I have to make a note to photographers that a visit to Kasbah of the Udayahs will guarantee you brilliant photos!

The main reason I came to Rabat was to apply for my visa for Mauritania.  However, I could not apply as the embassy was closed both days I was here so I now have to risk going to the border to get the visa on arrival.  It’s a long way to come back if I can’t get issued the visa on arrival!

CTM bus from Rabat to Agadir - 255 DirhamsCTM bus from Rabat to Agadir – 255 Dirhams

To get to Agadir by land you must take a bus from the CTM bus station in Rabat.  I bought my ticket online, the only problem with buying online is that you must buy it 3 days in advance.  You can buy a ticket from the ticket office in Rabat closer to your travel date though.  I took the 9.45pm bus which arrived in Agadir bus station at 6am the following morning.  CTM provide a modern bus service similar to that of Europe.

Agadir beach and promenadeAgadir beach and promenade

Agadir is the party city of Morocco.  Agadir offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Seafront promenade and beach
  • Agadir marina
  • Kasbah
  • Oufella ruins (and view of the city)
  • Souk El Had d’Agadir
  • Medina
  • The last McDonalds’ until South Africa
  • Resorts, restaurants, bars, nightclubs

I stayed in Agadir for the day which gave me plenty of time to walk along the promenade to Agadir marina.  I wish I had stayed overnight in one of the many great value resorts and hotels.  If I had stayed overnight I would have enjoyed the great nightlife, Agadir is the nightlife capital of Morocco and probably all of North Africa.

The walk up to the Oufella ruins is quite strenuous, especially if it is hot.  I’d recommend taking a taxi, which are very cheap.  The view of the city from the top is amazing, sunset is the best time to go.  I got a chance to visit the Souk, known as the Sunday market.  I treat myself to some traditional Moroccan clothing, so I’m now ready to pass through the Sahara!

CTM overnight bus from Agadir to Dakhla - 395 DirhamCTM overnight bus from Agadir to Dakhla – 395 Dirham

The bus from Agadir to Dakhla takes 20 hours.  The bus is OK, but for 20 hours there’s not a great deal of space.  The bus does stop quite often as the passengers have a need to pray and to clean their feet!  This means there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and visit the bathroom.  The toilets in this part of the world are squat toilets so be prepared!

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