Through A Lens: Agadir Oufella
After sharing the first set of photos of my Moroccan holiday last Friday, this next set is from a trip to Agadir Oufella, overlooking the surrounding area, and the city's souk.
With views across the whole city, the Oufella, or Kasbah, marks the start of the Atlas Mountains, as well as the region's historic past. The fortification, 240m above sea level, was built in 1541 to keep foreign invaders at bay. Sadly, it was destroyed during the 1960 earthquake – only a few walls and rubble remain.
Agadir's port is a sight in itself. Split into two – the fishing port to the left, the larger docks to the right – visitors of the Kasbah can watch fishing, cruise and container ships moving in and out of the harbour. From here, citrus fruit, bananas, tomatoes and roses are exported to Europe. But it's not just fruit leaving the port – Agadir is a fish city, its freshly caught sardines are a delicacy.
A quick drive down from the Kasbah and back to the city brought us to Agadir's Souk El Had. Formerly a Sunday market, it is now open for business throughout the week (except Monday). The huge complex has eleven gates, through which visitors a world of its own. Fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, as well as mobile phones and fake watches and handbags can be purchased here. Colourful canvas covers draped across ceilings give the souk a beautiful twilight-feeling.
That's it from Agadir – next week I share my photos from my one-day trip to Marrakech, the red city.