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Excursions & Activities
See more of Agadir and the surrounding areas on a day trip or excursion. We have
selected Menara Tours as our local independent partner in Morocco, and they are able to
offer a wide range of tours that represent both quality and value for money.
Full Day Atlantic Cruise
See Agadir from a different view on our fantastic Atlantic Cruise. If you
fancy a day, topping up your tan and relaxing at sea, join our full day
cruise along the Atlantic shore line. Price includes lunch with soft drinks.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs:
Optional Extras:
Days: Thursday & Saturday
Full Day Essaouira
See the picturesque city of Essaouira on our full day excursion.
Our tour takes us along the coast from Agadir, to the picturesque walled 17th century
Portuguese fishing village of Essaouira. Here you can see the ramparts sheltering the
town from the pounding waves of the Atlantic. Our tour will also take us down a labyrinth
of narrow streets where local craftsmen sell traditional thuya wood ornaments, linen
clothing and jewellery.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Lunch and Dinner plus drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Friday
Full Day Anti Atlas & Tafroute
Enjoy a scenic journey into the Anti-Atlas Mountains where you will
discover the hidden Morocco still untouched by the 20th century.
Our tour takes us into Tafroute, a typical Berber town, where you can marvel at the
houses on the rocks, before enjoying lunch whilst absorbing the spectacular panoramic
mountain views. Our tour continues to the ancient ‘foreign legion’ town of Tiznit which is
famous for its silver, here you are sure to spot the infamous ‘goats in trees’! Meals are
included in the price of excursion.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Friday
Full Day 4×4 Discovery
Explore Morocco in style on our 4×4 discovery tour.
Our tour allows us to venture off road, where we travel through traditional
Berber villages and take in the sights of everyday Moroccan country life.
Next we visit the Massa Bird Reserve and take a stroll along this famous
wild beach, which was allegedly the setting of the legend of Jonah and the
Whale. Meals are included in the price of the excursion.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Thursday
Full Day Marrakech
Marrakech, a city awash with history, culture and a bustling atmosphere –
a must for visitors to Morocco.
Our tour starts with a visit to the old Medina of Marrakech and a trip to the
colourful souks. Here you can admire a fantastic variety of hand-crafted
Moroccan goods ranging from babouche slippers, woodworks, brassworks,
ironworks, bronzeworks, jewellery, kaftans, carpets, spices and pottery.
We continue onto the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, where you can soak
up the bustling atmosphere created by snake charmers, singers, story
tellers and many other types of performers. Our tour also includes a trip
to the most historical parts of Marrakech visiting a variety of monuments
and ancient sites.
Our tour includes services of a guide, lunch and dinner with traditional entertainment.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Wednesday
2 Day Marrakech & Essaouira
This fascinating 2 day tour takes you on a journey of contrasts from the
bustling, vibrant city of Marrakech to the picturesque fishing port of
Our tour starts with a visit to the old Medina of Marrakech and a trip to
the colourful souks. Here you can admire a fantastic variety of handcrafted
Moroccan goods ranging from babouche slippers, woodworks,
brassworks, ironworks, bronzeworks, jewellery, kaftans, carpets, spices
and pottery.
We continue onto the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, where you can soak
up the bustling atmosphere created by snake charmers, singers, story
tellers and many other types of performers. Our tour also includes a trip
to the most historical parts of Marrakech visiting a variety of monuments
and ancient sites. We overnight in a 3 star hotel located in central
Marrakech before visiting the coastal town of Essaouira. This typical
Portuguese harbour, with fine examples of both Moorish and Portuguese
art, was the setting of the film Othello.
There are 2 evening options for the tour:
Explorer: This option allows you to explore Marrakech at your leisure.
Royale: This option includes a traditional Moroccan feast at a 17th
century palace hidden in the depths of the Medina.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on
Extra Costs: Evening meals
Optional Extras:
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on
Extra Costs:
Optional Extras:
Days: Wednesday
Full Day Taroudant & Tiout
Just a short journey from Agadir will bring you to the walled Berber
market town of Taroudant.
Our tour starts in the souks of Taroudant where you can practice your
haggling skills and snap up a bargain. We continue onto the surrounding
agricultural landscapes, providing oranges, olives and an abundance of
roses for the export market.
We continue our tour with a visit to Tiout, a huge natural oasis covering more than 1,000
hectares with more than 20,000 palm trees. Here you can explore the oasis the way the
locals do, by donkey! By evening we dine in the renovated Giaoui Kasbah giving you
fabulous views of the luxuriant palmery, with the High Atlas peaks on the horizon. Meals
are included in the price of the excursion.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Tuesday
Full Day Cruise & Fish
See Agadir in style from a luxury cruise. Enjoy a fun and relaxing day out
whilst sailing along the Atlantic coastline. Enjoy soaking up the sun or try
your hand at a spot of fishing – the more you catch, the more you eat!
Price includes lunch with soft drinks.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Tuesday
Full Day Immouzer
Enjoy spectacular scenery on this full day tour to the beautiful city of
Immouzer. Our tour begins with a beautiful scenic drive through the
gorges of ‘Paradise Valley’ before we reach the town of Immouzer. Once
we reach Immouzer we stop for a spot of lunch and enjoy fantastic
panoramic view of the mountainous scenery which inspired Jimmy Hendrix
to write the song ‘Paradise Valley’.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs: Drinks
Optional Extras:
Days: Tuesday
Half Day Camel Caravan
Experience Agadir’s estuary dunes and forest in style. We’ll make this
unique journey using one of the most traditional forms of transport – a
Our tour begins with a venture through the bird reserve on the banks of
the River Souss, catching a glimpse at some of Morocco’s finest wildlife.
Our tour also passes the royal palace where the King of Morocco often
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs:
Optional Extras:
Days: Daily except Sunday
Evening Berber Soiree
Enjoy an evening of typical Berber food and entertainment on this
atmospheric excursion. Our evening will be held in the ancient Kasbah of
Tassila at Massa, once the home of the local Visier.
Enjoy a real treat for your tastebuds, as you’re served a traditional Moroccan feast,
served with local red wine, included in the price. Whilst dining we will be entertained by
the rhythmic sounds of ethnic Berber music.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs:
Optional Extras:
Days: Thursday
Half Day Agadir City Tour
Uncover the town of Agadir on our afternoon excursion.
Our tour begins with a trip to the hilltop ruins of the old Kasbah that was destroyed in the
earthquake of 1960. Highlights include seeing the largest sardine fishing fleet in the
world, located in the port of Agadir where traders haggle for fresh fish in the daily
auctions, and marvel at the traditional craftsmanship used to build wooden fishing boats
for hundreds of years. Our tour ends with a trip to the colourful walled souk that houses
Agadir’s bustling local market.
All prices are approximate adult prices. Child prices on request.
Extra Costs:
Optional Extras:
Days: Monday
Important Information About Tours and Excursions
Things to do in Agadir
Agadir is a locality in the Moroccan Atlantic Coast of North Africa that limits with
Essaouira and Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Tiznit. The city is found in between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas Mountains, enjoying the best of Morocco on one side and
the other.
There are numerous things to do in Agadir, Morocco to enjoy your holidays to the
maximum. We will give you a few ideas of things to do and see while visiting this
marvelous country in north Africa.
Excursions to waterfalls like Immouzer, visiting the desert or the coast, enjoy the beauty
of the Ocean, or the dunes in the Desert, the National Park of Sous-Massa, visiting the
Agadir souk markets or shopping that the Tiznit market, visiting Tan Tan or Sidi Ifni
etc…there are tons of activities that you can do while visiting Agadir in Morocco.
You can also enjoy laying out in the warm sun or enjoy your time at the beach, or just
resting and relaxing at one of the many lovely accommodations.
Massage & Spa Agadir Maroc..
A massage with Argan oil and essential oils, fragrance will make you discover subtle
moments of relaxation, relaxation and unforgettable fun for 02 hours, a well being
provided in a typical Berber. Every day from 8:45 am. to 1:00 pm. and 2:45 pm….
Sightseeing tour of Agadir ..Half Day Agadir City Tour
Visit the city of Agadir, one of the most popular attractions in Morocco. Stroll around the
bustling port where local fishermen sell their catch. Learn about its history with a visit to
the Museum of Arts and Popular Tradition with its displays of…
Camel riding or Horse riding in..Walk by Camel or Horse riding
A camel ride or horse riding along the beach are popular activities in Agadir and provides
a lasting memory, especially for kids.Daily tours in the Eucalyptus forest and the beach in
Excursion Tiout oasis & Taroudant..Tiout and Taroudant: culture and
sightseeing tour with Lunch
Short day excursion from Agadir, explore traditional way of life in Morocco in the beautiful
walled town of Taroudant to visit the souk and medina then the serene Tiout oasis, a
huge natural oasis covering more than 1000 hectares with more than 20000…
Moroccan dinner & Fantasia show..Evening Agadir: Berber dinner & live
Take a low cushioned seat in a caidal tent and dine on subtly spiced traditional Moroccan
cuisine. While sipping mint tea, you’ll be entertained by Moroccan folk story tellers and
afterwards experience the excitement of a traditional tribal horse…
A traditional evening Agadir:..Berber dinner show
An unforgettable evening Berber in “Valley of Legends” offers a glimpse and a taste of
Berber life. This is a unique opportunity to taste the pure traditions of Berber and enjoy
with your fingers delicious traditional food, all accompanied by music…
Day visit of Marrakech from Agadir..Excursion Marrakech
This fascinating day tour takes you on a journey of contrasts from the bustling, vibrant
city of Marrakech. Your day will include a drive to the Atlas Mountains, a wander in the
souks, and visits to the Ben Youssef Koranic School, the Koutoubia…
Excursion Tafraout & Tiznit..The splendor of the Anti-Atlas, the Golden
Triangle, a breathtaking wonder
Tafraout a typical Berber town of western Anti-Atlas, located 180 km south of Agadir, in
the heart of the Valley of Ameln, framed by a circle of pink granite mountains famous for
its colors. Around February and March, the region reveals all its…
Small desert Massa 4WD from Agadir..Full day 4WD little desert Massa
Journey by 4WD from Agadir to discover Orange groves, banana plantations, palm treefringed
oasis, and sand dunes of the ‘small Sahara’ of the rich and varied landscapes of
the Souss Massa region. Interact with the local Berber population,…
Excursion Imouzzer, the road honey..Paradise Valley Tour
Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Paradise Valley in Morocco on this nature tour. From
the towering mountains to the picturesque waterfalls, this tour to the Paradise valley will
give you a chance to experience untouched nature, in all its beauty….
Excursion Taroudant “Little..Half day visiting Taroudant
Step back in time when you visit the enchanting red-walled city of Taroudant on the edge
of the Sahara. Fall in love with this gem of a town, perfectly preserved within its
magnificent ochre ramparts. Revel in the rich light and color and be…
Quad & Buggy Agadir..Half day tour Quad & Buggy from Agadir
Ride on Quad or buggy which you will come into direct contact with the Berber culture
and the forest of argan, a journey of 38 km to discover the techniques and the pleasure
to control and steer your machines on tracks….
Excursion Marrakech & Essaouira 2..Trip Marrakech & Essaouira from
Excursion 2 days to Marrakech and Essaouira. Your tour will include a drive to the Atlas
Mountains, a wander in the souks, and visits to the Ben Youssef Koranic School, the
Koutoubia Minaret Gardens, and the vibrant Djemaa El Fnaa square. Next day…
Excursion Imouzzer..Half day mountain tour & Berber villages
Head off into the Atlas mountains to visit one of Morocco’s most enchanting villages.Way
through the foothills past rocky hillsides and lush banana groves. Stop at the delightful
Paradise Valley where Jimmy Hendrix and friends hung out in the…
Excursion Essaouira..Mogador: Portuguese fortress town of the wind and
Within the brilliant whiteness of its lime-washed walls, you will experience the former
Portugese trading port of Essaouira, one of the most enchanting places in Morocco. The
huge market displays handicrafts and collectables, along with spices and…
Excursion out sea of Agadir..Day Sea fishing from Agadir
Enjoy a fun and relaxing day by boat along the Atlantic coast. Have good time soaking
up the sun or or try your hand at a spot of fishing, the more you get, the more you eat!…
Surfing Agadir..Surf from Agadir
If you want to learn to surf or improve your style in Agadir, searching for faun, you are at
the right place.Enjoy half day surf or day surfing in one of the best spots. Agadir is one of
the most beautiful beaches in the world and closer to Europe,…
Jet ski Agadir..Sea sport: Jet ski tour Agadir
Agadir is one of the most beautiful beachs in the world and closer to Europe, the city
covers almost 20 km, most hotels are on the beach, it enjoys a temperate climate and
ideal reigning all during the year. If you searching for fun, you are at the…
Bike ride Agadir..Visit Agadir in bike ride
The best way to discover the ecological city of Agadir and its region is the bike, so It’s 4
You Tours offers a bike ride along the Corniche d’Agadir which extends about six miles,
the Kasbah Agadir Oufella….
VTT Biking Tagadirt..Day bike ride to hot water source
Day tour bike VTT to discover the area of Agadir.No need to make long approaches to
ride in wild places: at the very start of Agadir, mountain biking fans can indulge their
passion, discovering sites and beautiful scenery around the city of Agadir….
Mountain biking in Imouzzer..Day bike ride Imouzzer from Agadir
Mountain biking in Imouzzer and the valley of Paradise is the perfect location to enjoy
your adventure cycle trip. The friendly people, freshly cooked food, and the tranquil
mountain atmosphere combined with our unique routes provide the perfect…
1 All prices are approximate and subject to change without notice.
2 Single room and peak season supplements may apply where overnight
accommodation is included.
3 The operation and itineraries of tours or activities are subject to cancellation or
4 Tours operate according to a minimum amount of participants. Tours can be booked as
private excursions, with supplement payable.
5 Some tours may not be suitable for the elderly or infirm – please discuss suitability with
your in resort representative and/or the representative of our local partner .
6 Longwood act as agent for the activity operator/supplier. Please note that the contract
for these excursions, tours and activities is between yourself and the local suppliers who
offer them. Local suppliers are independent of Longwood Holidays.
Excursions From Agadir City
Tafroaut and Tiznit : 600 dhs / person (1 day excursions from 9:00 to 17:30)
Step 1 : Kasbah Tizergane
Step 2 : Tafraoute
Step 3 : Colored Rocks
Step 4 : Tiznit
guide and drive , confortable 4*4 and transfer from the hotel all are included
lunch and boisons are not included .
Agadir City Tour :
1 Day starting from 9:00 unitill the finish of the program
Price : 500 Dh / Person Adults and 450 dhs / Chid
number of clients : from 2 guests to 30 guests
The Program :
-transfer from Hotel
-explore the agadir Oufella , amazing views from the top roof terrace
-visiting agadir kasbah
-visiting the birds garden
visiting the agadir berbers Shop
-visitng the argan oil Cooperative
-explore the Promenade (Cornish Sea Side) walking for 30 min into Marina
-visiting the big berber Local Souk Al Had ( the bigest berber local market in the south of
-visiting the Mosque of Talbourgte
-visiting AgadirChurch (optionally)
-visiting the Jewish Church ( optionally )
-visiting agadir city port
-visiting the argan cooporation to explore the full argan oil informations ( construction ,
how we made it , how it work , use for what …etc) .
what not included is : Lunch and Boisons
Taroudant city full day descover : (600 dhs / person)
start from 9:00 finish at 17:30
-visiting the small marrakech city (Taroudant city)
-full visit to the city (walking around) (walls, kasbah..etc)
-visiting the berber Souk
-visiting the Argan oil Cooperatie
-30 min tour in the Moroccan Carriage Horse .
-visiting the oasis of Tiout (small atlas mountains) (14 km from taroudant)
-Donkeys Tour in the palmeries (nature place in the mountains)
-guide and driver are included
-Tea is included in Taoudant .
lunch and donkeys ride and boisons are not included . (food is cheap in taroudant )
Camels Tour : start in the morning or the afternoon (client choose the time)
2 hours of Camels Ride : 220 dhs / person
Time : in the morning or the afternoon
camels ride near of the beach and the royal palace .
imouzzer Excursion : start at 9:00 morning . 500 dhs / person
Head off into the Atlas mountains to visit one of Morocco’s most enchanting villages.
Way through the foothills past rocky hillsides and lush banana groves. Stop at the
delightful Paradise Valley where Jimmy Hendrix and friends hung out in the 1960s.
Meeting a friendly Berber people who live in Immouzer and visit the famous cascades
and natural swimming pools cradled in the limestone rock.
transfer and confortable 4*4 + guide and driver are included
not included : lunch and boisons
MassaDesert and Tiznit Excursion : 500 dhs / person
excurssions in massa tiznit driver and guide (english speaker is included) is starting the
way from agadir to tifnit then go in in sand way by 4*4 then viste the bigest parc of birds
in morocco and massa area then a break for coffe or the then tiznit and after we visite
the litlle sahara and have the meal for food and visite the bigest barage in the way then
back to agadir
transfer and confortable 4*4 + guide and driver are included
not included : lunch and boisons
Marrakech Excursion : price 90 euro / person (from 4 person and more cost 75
start at 7:00 am
1 er step : Marrakech
2 ème step: mosquée Koutoubia
3 ème step: palais el bahia
4 ème step: musée si Said
5 ème step: Tombeaux saidiènes
6 ème step: jardins Majorelle
include : trasnfer from the hotel , guide and driver , confortable 4 by 4 , tea in Marrakech
not included : lunch and boisons
Agadir Argan Oil
southern adventures
Agadir, Agadir 82000, United Kingdom
agadir argan
Argan oil is used in tagines, couscous, salads, grilled tomatoes, grilled peppers
andenhance the meal.
Type oleic – linoleic, Argan oil contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil.
It hasa clear rule on it because of its high linoleic acid. This acid is essential because
it sayscan not be synthesized by the body and must be provided by food.
Its content of oleic acid makes this oil particularly interesting in the regulation of
cholesterol. Ongoing studies suggest that 2 tablespoons a day of Argan oil for a
monthcould significantly reduce blood cholesterol levels.Argan oil is rich in tocopherols
(620 mg / kg for Argan oil against 320 mg / kg for olive oil) having a vitamin E. This
vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that quenches free radicals andneutralizes destructive
Medicinal properties:
Antioxidant (phenolic compounds).
Anti-carcinogenic (schottenol).
Reduces hyper tension.
Reduces bad cholesterol.
Reduces joint pain and rheumatism.
Stimulates the brain capacity.
Aids digestion by increasing the concentration of pepsin in the digestive juice.
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Fishing Night Trip
FISHING NIGHT around agadir in ambiance and barbecio dinner
pick up from hotel with our tour guide
take way to village or aghroud in bus or car or 4*4 as our client desire
we will get you an apartement to spend night in in front of sea which is sea look to
put our lugage
we manae for our clients who ant do surfing in sea to get them a board and
teacher if they need lessons
we will start fising at about midlle night with our supervisor on fishing agent who
got materieles and expert in this in group and try fish and enjoy skyp and calm
after finishing we have a dinner in balconi as barbecio and enjoy skyp and calm
with ambiance of music and animation would be made from our agent who are in
same time expert animator
spend the night in apartement in the morning have organised breakfast in one of
our restaurent there and takeway back home after spend very nice meoments
price is 50 euro per each one including living and dinner but not include surfing
lessons and and breakfast at other morning
Moroccan cuisine is considered one of the most important cuisines in the world. One of
the reasons for its importance is its remarkable diversity of influences. In Moroccan
dishes, one can trace the country’s long history of colonizers and immigrants who have
left their mark in more than one way. The cuisine of the first inhabitants, the Berbers, still
exists today in the staple dishes like tagine and couscous. The Arab invasion brought
new spices, nuts and dried fruits, and the sweet and sour combinations that we see in
dishes like tagine with dates and lamb. The Moors introduced olives, olive juice and
citrus while the Jewish-Moors left behind their sophisticated preserving techniques that
we see in the frequent use of preserved lemons, pickles, etc. The Ottoman Empire
introduced barbeque (kebabs) to Moroccan cuisine. The French colony, although shortlived
compared to reign of some of these other empires, left behind a culture of cafes,
pastries, and even wine. Over time, cooks in the kitchens of the four royal cities (Fez,
Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat) have developed and perfected the dishes that blend
each of these distinct tastes. Every Moroccan dish has its place in society and varies
with the market, the season, and the region.
The Moroccan Spice Cabinet – Moroccan food is
marked by the medley of spices found in its dishes.
Dried ginger, cumin, salt,black pepper and tumeric is
a mixture found in almost every tagine and couscous.
Cumin is used in almost every Moroccan dish and is
considered so important that it is served on the table
along with salt and pepper. Cinnamon can be found
in tagines, bisteeya, and fruit salads. Paprika and
Sahara chiles are used to spice up some tomato-based dishes, vegetable tagine, and
charmoula. The South of Morocco is a source of pure saffron pistils that are used in food,
tea and as an herbal medicine. Ras l’hanoot means “the head of the shop”. This spice is
a mix of 20-40 different spices concocted by the shop owner. Cardamom is used in
cream desserts, like muhallabiya. Sesame seeds are found on pastries and are very
important during Ramadan to make special Ramadan desserts like sllou, a sweet and
heavy paste made with sesame seeds. Cloves are sometimes used when making broth.
Herbs – Maadnous and qsbour (parsley and cilantro) are always bought together in the
Moroccan souks. They are the most commonly used herbs in Moroccan cuisine and
essential to almost every dish. Liqama, or mint is the second most important herb since it
is used to make Moroccan mint tea. Shiba, or absinthe is illegal in some countries
because of its stimulative drug properties. However, in Morocco it is a popular
repacement for mint in tea during the winter when mint is out of season. Louisa
(verbena) and marjolane are also used in tea and are valued for their healing qualities.
Anise is used on pastries and bread. You can find thyme used in desserts, like roasted
figs and apricots.
Oils – Olive oil is the best oil to cook Moroccan food with. Morocco has a rich land for
olives, although most of the best olive oil is exported and becoming too expensive for the
average Moroccan. Therefore, in many households nowadays, you see Moroccans
cooking with vegetable oil.Argan oil is a strong, nutty flavored oil that is grown in the
South of Morocco, between Essaouria and Agadir. It is not a traditional ingredient in
Fassi kitchens, but it is used in the South as a dressing for salads, in desserts, and as a
dermatological product. Because of these dermatological properties, this oil has also
become a hot commodity in some of the luxury European cosmetic stores as a wrinklereducing
Scented Waters – Rosewater and orange flower water are important ingredients in
desserts, like cream pastilla, muhallabiya and fruit salads. They are also used in some
drinks, like fruit juices.
Dried Fruits and Nuts – Dates are a Moroccan national
speciality. They are best grown in the South, from the
area of Goulmima to Zagora and the Draa Valley. They
are essential during the month of Ramadan, when they
accompany harira as the breaker of the fast. They are
also widely used in tagines. See Lahcen’s recipe for
lamb tagine with prunes and dates. Figs, dried apricots
and prunes are some other dried fruits which are served
in tagines. Almonds and walnuts are the most commonly
used nuts in Morocco. Both are used in pastilla.
Almonds are used in tagines alongside dried apricots.
Preserves Morocco is known for its olives and other exciting preserves. Olives are not
just a tasty before-dinner snack. When you go to the olive vendor, you will find three
different colors of olives: red, green and black. The red and green ones are used in many
tagine recipes. The black ones can be stuffed with cheese in briouates. Preserved
lemons are another key ingredient in many tagine recipes and some salads.Harissa is a
Moroccan hot-sauce which is used to spice up kababs, couscous, marinades and some
For breakfast, many Moroccans eat bread with olive oil, tea, and different kinds of
Moroccan crepes. Lunch is the big meal in Moroccan households. Members of the
family come home from work and school and they all sit around a low table in the salon.
Traditionally, a female member of the family comes before the meal with a kettle of
water, soap, an aluminum basin and a dishtowel which she hangs over her forearm. She
comes around to every person at the table, pours a little water on their hands to wash
with soap and then rinse. With everyone gathered around one big plate, the meal starts
when the head of the family says “bismillah” (in the name of God). Using their right hand
and a piece bread to scoop up the food, the feast begins! At lunch in most houses, you
will find a selection of salads and a tagine or couscous all put out on the table at the
same time. Then the host will clear the table, bring out a fruit plate and serve tea. Since
lunch is so big, dinneris usually low-key. People sometimes eat leftovers from lunch or
they might prepare a soup. The exception to this is big occassions, like weddings, which
are always held at night and feature an enormousfeast. The meal starts with a pastilla.
Next, comes the tagine (either chicken or meat). After that, the couscous is served. Then
comes a fruit plate. Finally, when you think that you don’t have an inch of room left in
your stomach, the host serves mint tea with almond-filled pastries.
Bread, or khubz is sacred in Morocco. If a piece of bread from the dinner table falls on
the ground, you are to pick it up and kiss it. It is also forbidden to throw away bread, so
families keep their leftover bread aside to give to the poor, or to the livestock. Since very
few Moroccan households have an oven, almost every neighborhood has a community
oven where people take their bread dough to be baked. In the countryside, every family
has its own traditional oven made of mud. At the table, instead of a fork and knife,
Moroccans use a small piece of bread, their thumb and first two fingers to pick up food.
You may discover that it becomes more useful than a fork at times, since you can use it
to soak up the tasty sauce of the tagine while also picking pieces of meat and
vegetables. Since bread plays such an important role in eating, it is always distributed
evenly at meals so that no one will have to ask for a piece.
Harira is the most important soup in Morocco as it serves as the breaker of the fast
during the whole month of Ramadan. During this month, at the break of the fast, harira is
accompanied by dates, warm milk, juices, bread and traditional Moroccan pancakes. At
the moment of the call to prayer, Moroccans all over the country utter “bismillah” (in the
name of God), bite into a date and sip a spoonful of harira – their first taste of food after a
long day of fasting. Harira is a tomato-based soup with chick peas, meat, lentils and
small noodles.
Moroccan salads can be divided into two types: cooked salads and raw salads. Raw
Moroccan salad is made of finely diced tomatoes, cucumber, onions, green pepper and
cilantro. It is topped with a regular oil and vinegar sauce. Cooked salads, such as
zaalouk, bakoula and choukchoukaare made of different combinations of vegetables and
spices all cooked together in a pan.
Tagine, also spelled tajine, is an historically Berber dish. It is a
stew made of meats and vegetables and traditionally cooked in a
conical clay pot to allow the steam to rise, condense and drip back
down to the stew. Tagines are traditionally prepared on top of a
portable claymajmar (much cheaper than a stove!) under which
people put hot coals. Practically anything can be turned into a
tajine: meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and some even make it with
meat and fruits. Some typical tagine dishes include lamb with
dates, lamb with raisins or prunes and almonds, chicken with olives
and preserved lemon, chicken with dried apricots, and meatballs
(or ketfa) with tomatoes and eggs. Of course, there exist more varieties than this. Every
part of the country has its regional tagine dish and different ways of preparing it. Because
this meal takes a long time to prepare, the woman of the house starts preparing the
lunch tagine as soon as breakfast is over. See Lahcen’s page of recipes for a tagine
Couscous, known in Morocco as seksu, is a traditional Berber dish as well. It is a dish
made of fine semolina and topped with meat and vegetables. Couscous is typically made
with seven vegetables. To make couscous in the traditional way takes a lot of time and
effort. Women separate and mix the grains of semolina by using the palm of their hands
and salt water, a process that takes one hour for the semolina alone. Women in some
parts of the country still prepare their couscous this way, but most families buy it in
packages. Friday is the day of prayer, so it is a Moroccan tradition all over the country to
celebrate this day with a couscous meal. Following the custom of eating food with their
hands, Moroccans normally eat couscous by rolling it into little balls and popping it into
their mouths. The popping motion is important, because if performed inaccurately, the
ball will crumble before it makes it to your mouth.
Pastilla, As is apparent in its Spanish-sounding name, pastilla (bisteeya) is an
Andalusian dish brought to Morocco by the Moors when they were chased out of
Southern Spain in the 15th century. It has since become a trademark Moroccan dish that
many Moroccans proudly claim was “perfected” in Fez. It takes a long time and a lot of
work to prepare, so the only time that you will see this dish in Moroccan households is for
a wedding or some other special occasion. It is large pastry-like dish with a chicken or
pigeon stuffing wrapped in a very thin, crispy pastry crust, and sprinkled with cinnamon
and some sugar. This gives the dish a unique combination between a sweet and savory
The most common style of barbequing (”meshwi”) in Arab
countries is kabab-style. Every city in Morocco has two kinds
of restaurants: the usual sit-down kind and the hole-in-thewall
grill shops. Customers at the grill shops can go either
buy their meat there or at the butcher just a few doors down. Both places will chop the
meat into cubes, stick it on a skewer and put it over the fire. Although these restaurants
are unimpressive in appearance, you are guaranteed a tasty and inexpensive meal.
Barbequing is also a very important part of ceremonies in Berber villages. It is the main
course at weddings or in ceremonies honoring an important guest. In villages where
every family has a herd of sheep and goats, it is an honor if a family slaughters one from
his herd. Berber-style meshwi can be cooked either over a pit or in an oven under the
ground, depending on the region. Ceremonies usually take place at night and while the
meat is cooking, the celebration commences. People gather around the pit and play
drums, sing, dance and talk.
After a big meal, Moroccans usually eat fruit for dessert. This does not mean that sweets
don’t exist, however. Moroccans have quite a sweet tooth and they don’t hesitate to
snack on heavy cream-filled pastries between meals. Pastries also play an important role
in Moroccan society because they are an essential complement to mint tea when
welcoming guests into your home. Many Moroccan pastries, such as cornes de gazelle
and briouates have an almond paste filling. Some pastries only appear in stores during
big religious holidays like Ramadan and the ‘Aid. One of the most popular Ramadan
desserts is shibekkya, which is fried in oil and then coated in honey, which makes a
sweet and gooey accompaniment to harira.
Moroccan Mint Tea, or what Moroccans will jokingly call
“Moroccan whiskey”, is the national icon for hospitality. The
ingredients are simple, since the tea used is a standard
Chinese gunpowder tea. However, the preparation and
service are fine-tuned and essential when welcoming a guest.
Just like many Asian countries, Morocco has a tea ceremony
of its own. People drink tea informally all day in between
meals. But any time a visitor enters a house, the first thing that
he or she must be offered is tea. When members of two
different tribes meet to discuss issues of the region or politics, a tea ceremony is required
before getting into politics. Mint tea is traditionally served in small glasses, although
some tea shops will serve it to you in tall glasses with the mint inside. When it is served,
the person pouring the tea holds the teapot high above the glasses so as to create a little
foam in each person’s glass. See Lahcen’s recipe for a Moroccan mint tea recipe.
Moroccans tend to like their tea extremely sweet, but you may choose to use less sugar
in yours.
Some Moroccans joke that unemployment is so high that you find more men in cafes
than in the work field. Cafes are mostly for men only, but in bigger cities, you can find
some exceptions to this rule. Black coffee orqahwa kahla is taken Turkish-style in
Morocco. But people also take their coffee with milk in varying proportions. Qahwa
meherris (trans: broken coffee) is coffee with a dab of milk. The opposite is helib
meherris(trans: broken milk): milk with a dab of coffee. In between these two are qahwa
nus-nus: half coffee, half milk; and of course, café au lait(qahwa helib) .
Although Islam forbids drinking alcohol, you will still see many Moroccans (almost
exclusively men) in bars and buying alcohol in the grocery stores. The French introduced
wine making to the country and there is still a significant industry. The most prominent
winery in Morocco is the Celiers de Meknes, which produces a range in qualities, some
of them quite tasty. The cheapest wine costs around 30 DH. You can get a nice bottle of
red for 50 DH and above. Recommended are Guerrouane, Domain Sahari Reserves,
Beauvallon and Medaillon (arguably the best label in Morocco).
Cooking Class Agadir
If you want to know how to make a real tajine, magical salads or couscous and bread the
Moroccan way, join us in our course and enter a wonderful world of spices. We manage
everything for you, including transport (from Marrakesh center).
Complete cooking program including transport (from Marrakesh center).
Easy to learn cooking class with an experienced teacher
Fabulous location outside of the city
We offer a complete immersion in Moroccan cookery. The price includes transport (from
Agadir center), instruction on how to cook a complete traditional meal, a spice workshop,
drinks and of course enjoying the wonderful food you cooked!
You will learn to make a complete meal with us, meaning bread, salads, tajine or
couscous, and pancakes.
After picking you up at about 9:30am at your location in Agadir , we’ll drive you to our
lovely Cooking House, a few Minutes away from the city center where you will be trained
by our lovely moroccan cook. We’ll take you back to Agadir at about 4pm.
The main meal in our cooking program changes according to the day of the week.
Please inquire for further details.
Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you need a little modification or if you have a special
request (muslim, végétarian, allergies…..). We will be happy to adapt our offer as closely
as possible to your wishes.
You will, of course, prepare your own meal and enjoy