Agadir Kasbah Ruins (Agadir Oufella)
There’s no charge to visit the Agadir Kasbah Ruins (Agadir Oufella), which is one of the most popular attractions in and around Agadir, for travelers and locals alike. Most all Agadir city tours include a stop at its mighty earthen walls, alongside other city signatures such as Souk El Had d’Agadir, Marina d’Agadir, and the Seafront Promenade. Besides the views, there are a range of stalls and food and drink vendors. As the ruins are out of town, it’s worth booking private transport or a tour.
Things to know before you go
- The Agadir Kasbah Ruins (Agadir Oufella) are one of Agadir’s signature sights and a must for history buffs and photographers.
- The walk up the hill can be crazy hot in summer. Bring sun protection and water, or arrange a tour that includes a ride to the top.
- Keep a close eye on children: There are steep, unguarded drops in places.
- Solo female travelers may feel more comfortable with a guide or a group, especially after dark.
- Determined travelers can access the ruins in a wheelchair, but no adaptations have been made.
How to get there
Agadir Kasbah sits to the north of Agadir, about a 5-mile (8-kilometer) drive from Souk El Had d’Agadir. Most travelers will find it easiest to reach the site on a tour or with a private driver, rather than by self-driving.
When to get there
Agadir Kasbah is open seven days a week throughout the year. Early evening is the perfect time to visit, so you can enjoy city and ocean views in daylight, at sunset, and by night.
The Agadir Earthquake
For all its modern appearance, Agadir has a history dating back to at least the 15th century, when Portuguese merchants founded it as a base to trade in gold and slaves. But in February 1960, Morocco’s deadliest ever earthquake struck the city, reducing much of it to rubble and killing at least 12,000 people. The Kasbah was one of many sites to be rebuilt.