12 Facts About Agadir


Agadir is a major city in Morocco, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, just north of the point where the Souss River flows into the ocean, and 509 kilometres south of Casablanca.

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Agadir is the capital of the Agadir Ida-U-Tanan Prefecture and of the Souss-Massa economic region.

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Oldest known map that includes an indication of Agadir is from 1325: at the approximate location of the modern city, it names a place it calls Porto Mesegina, after a Berber tribe name that had been recorded as early as the 12th century, the Mesguina .

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In 1789, a European traveler gave a brief description of Agadir: "It is a ghost town, there are no more than a few houses and these are crumbling into ruins".

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Around 1930, Agadir was an important stop for the French airmail service Aeropostale and was frequented by Saint-Exupery and Mermoz.

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Several years later from 1950 to 1956 Agadir organised the Grand Prix of Agadir and, from 1954 to 1956, the Moroccan Grand Prix.

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Agadir became a large city of over half a million by 2004, with a large port with four basins: the commercial port with a draft of 17 metres, triangle fishing, fishing port, and a pleasure boat port with marina.

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Agadir is served by Al Massira Airport, 23 kilometres from the city.

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The old people of Agadir remember the "Moorish cafe" of the Casbah and its panoramic view.

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Agadir has a semi-arid climate with warm summers and mild winters.

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City of Agadir has a university: the University Ibn Zohr which includes a Faculty of Science, Faculty of medicine and pharmacy, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the multi-disciplined Faculty of Ouarzazate.

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City of Agadir has a football club known as Hassania Agadir and the city has built the new Adrar Stadium, which the team plays its home matches at.

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