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Is Riu Palace Tikida close to Agadir centre

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Is Riu Palace Tikida close to Agadir centre

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I am looking to stay at the Riu Palace Tikida Agadir, and was wondering how far was it from the centre. Also if you had to get taxis how much were they and were they easy to get? Any other information on Agadir would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Is Riu Palace Tikida close to Agadir centre

There is a vast amount of info in the following: tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g293731-s1/…20Do

The hotel is located in the central area known as Secteur Touristique, where all popular hotels are located. From here you can walk to most places but taxis are fairly inexpensive provided you avoid the tricks the drivers use such as not turning on the meter, saying the meter does not work, leaving the previous fare on so you pay twice etc etc.

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2. Re: Is Riu Palace Tikida close to Agadir centre

James,

You got a good contribution from John. Especially on taxis.

The following has alway been my advice to first timers according to my personal experience of the place. I hope it would be of some help.

MONEY

The local currency Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency. It means that it can be only exchanged within the Moroccan territory. Exchange rates against international currency are fixed by the Government which means that you get the same amount of dirham to your own currency wherever you go change your currency.

As you will be arriving from UK, the £ sterling is good enough to exchange into dirhams. There are bureaus of exchanges at airport and town centre. Local banks, post office and Western Union shops are also handy for money exchange. Always keep receipt in case you want to change any leftover dirham back to sterling upon departure at airport.

Current rate : £1 would roughly get you around 13 dirhams.

Change money little by little as you go along so you don’t up end up with many left-over dirhams.

The notes come in 200, 100, 50 & 20 Dirhams. Coins are 10, 5, 2, 1 & ½ Dirhams.

However Dirhams are mentioned when dealing with touristique places or luxury higher purchases. The vast majority of ordinary Moroccan people talk Rials (there are 20 Rials to 1 Dirham). Rials are used for purchases in small local shops, souks and paying for shared taxis.

AIRPORT TO TOWN CENTRE

If you haven’t get a pre-arranged transfer, then there is a taxi rank at the exit of the airport. Fixed transfer cost 200 Dirhams. Upon exiting the airport you will be swamped with porters offering help with the lugguage to the taxi. If you accept the offer, then a tip of 5 to 10Ddirhams should be more than enough.

Journey time from airport to town centre is 40 minutes.

TOURISTIQUE ZONE

This is place is immediately recognisable by the concentration of huge modern hotels, the sea front promenade and some fancy restaurants along Boulevard 20 Aout and Boulevard Mohammed V.

The beach is within very short walking distance within this zone. Some hotels are actually on the sea front

The long sea front promenade boasts a huge selection of cafes, bars and restaurants serving all kind of food and drinks. It gets very crowded in the evening when some of the seafront restaurants play live music. On Sundays all the families seems to be out and about up & down the promenade and on the beach. Most of the seafront restaurants & cafes are full with the local and their children.

Average 3 course in this area 70 Dirhams.

Along Boulevard 20 Aout there more fancy places to eat and drink. Most notably are the Jazz, Fouquet and of course the English Central pub.

There two new sushi restaurants under construction right now. One is opposite Shem’s casino in Blvrd 20 Aout and the other Mika Sushi opposite Agadir Beach hotel.

The touristique zone also boasts casinos (Shems and Royal Atlantic) and nightclubs (Actors, Dream, Factory.. just few to name).

Casinos and nightclubs are mainly frequented by young locals. Some are of a dodgy and sleazy character. The girls in there are mainly working girls!!!

BOULEVARD HASSAN II / TOUR BABEL

This strip is very popular with people who want to see and be seen. It has arguably better cafes than the touristique area, and the prices are reasonably affordable to some extent. Most famous is Scampi. Along this street and the immediate surrounding area there also are some of best value and descent hotels like Kamal and Petit Suede.

The square of Tour Babel (off Blvrd Hassan2) also boasts some lovely affordable places to eat. One of cheapest there is Queens if you like Mechoui (Grilled meat on skewers) 35 Dhs. The only noticeable place to serve alcohol there is La Truite AKA Irish Pub (Nobody knows why it is called Irish pub. There is nothing Irish about the place). A bottle of Flag Pils (1/2 PINT) is 20 Dirhams.

THE KASBAH

This is the place for bird eye view of down town Agadir. It is also the place where to find some ruin from the earthquake of the fifties. But getting there is only by small taxi and some scrupulous taxi drivers would charge a fortune to get you there and back.

TALBORJT DISCTRICT

This is place tourists use as an alternative base to the main touristique zone for marginally huge budget difference. And it is only 20 minutes walk to the beach (8 Dhs taxi ride).

Talborjt is heaving with so many things that you are guaranteed to find something of interest. There are shops galore, supermarkets like La Vie French & Carrefour to rival the famous Marjane. Restaurants inTalborjt serve authentic Moroccan food. The best are ones that occupy that white and mosaic square Mille et Une nuit, Etiolle d’Agadir and arguably the best of them Ibtissam. You are looking at around 30 Dhs for a proper delicious tasty Moroccan meal. You pay more than a double for the same at the beachfront. Yacout is another restaurant which within walking distant, that deserves a mention.

There are other even cheaper places to eat if you don’t mind sitting around a group of Moroccans and with none of restaurant waiter code dress of white shirt & bow tie bring you the menu.

SOUK AL HAD

Chaotic & exotic, fascinating & mesmerising, unromantic but aromatic. There are so many definitions you could use to describe the place. But it must be on your agenda when you are in Agadir. You will find anything in there from a humble potato to a huge plasma TV.

The souk opens for business Tuesday to Sunday (Closes on Mondays). Alternatively you can try Inezzegane souk (Bus no 23 or shared taxi).

THE FISHING PORT

Like Souk Al Had, it is noisy and chaotic but the food served there is worth every sacrifice you have made to get there. It is the cheapest place to eat for the freshest fish you could ever get anywhere.

One of the best is Layounne, but also try to go for the ones inside like Sana Youness. You need to negotiate the cost of your order before sitting down. But it is still dead cheap to eat there if you love fish.

BATWAAR DISTRICT

This a bustling place full of Moroccan daily life. Some tourists may find it extremely uncomfortable to walk around here, especially at night time. However it is the place for connecting with major places further afield from Agadir. This is where you will find the grand taxis stand and main bus stops

Food outlet around here is even cheaper than Talborjt, but rougher.

BUSES

ALSA buses looked a bid old and tired. They are regular and have illuminated destinations well display at the front top of the bus. There are no signs of graffiti in bus shelters, the fares are very good if you are planning to go areas outside the centre of Agadir. They tend to be crowded at early morning and late evening.

32 still goes from Mohammed V to Taghazoot and Ourir and 23 to Inezzegane. Fares are 6, 4 & 2 Dirhams respectively.

RED SMALL TAXIS

These are for hire only within Agadir town. There are not licensed to go outside town. The fare is normally display on the meter. If you don’t see the meter is on ask the driver to put it on.

WHITE GRAND TAXIS

These are for hire for long distance to other major cities and towns. There are also the main means of transfer to & from airport - central Agadir. Fares 200 dirjams

These taxis can be shared with other passenger all paying their share of the fare. If you are to hire all to yourself then you will pay the whole fare. This fare can be negotiable.

RAMADAN

This the time when tourists should be at their most respectful behaviour toward the locals. No blatant indulgence in front of local public. Dress code should be observed, especially females. Modesty and respect should be the order of the day from dawn to sunset.

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

THE GOOD SIGNS

•The vast majority of the Moroccan people are very friendly, welcoming, hospitable and generous. The cuisine, the culture, the tradition and the land are just few of the many things Agadir and Morocco has to offer.

•All year around good weather.

•Some of goods you can buy here are of the best quality and best value for money in the world. The local currency exchange rate is fixed by the Government and not subject to the fluctuation of the International Market.

•The safety and the well being of the visitors are of a paramount importance to the Authority and the tourism industry. Crime against tourist is extremely rare, if not unheard of.

THE BAD SIGNS

•For the first timers to Agadir (or Morocco in general) be prepared for a major culture shock. The way of life is not like home. No more evident of this than when shopping. Haggling is a must. Some may find it fun and even bag a bargain, others may find very intimidating and end up being ripped off, in which case if you start getting uncomfortable just say a polite but firm “NO” AND walk away from.

•Some taxi drivers deliberately switch off their meter, thus would try to overcharge you.

•Hotels, restaurants & bars staff are constantly looking out for tips. They tend to favourably treat the tippers than the non tippers.

•The price of brand beers and spirits are seriously expensive in bars and restaurants

THE UGLY SIGNS

•Shoe polishers, individual cigarette sellers, Street & beach merchants and beggars are a unfortunate sight. But none of them would be offended if you ignore them.

•In some parts Inezzegane and Batwaar watch you valuable. Pick pocketing is very rife in some parts.

•Single female travellers would inevitably attract the attention of local young casanovas. Just ignore and they will leave you alone.

•Bars and nightclubs tend to be frequented by sleazy characters (male and female) touting for sexual services. Again ignore them if you are not interested.

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3. Re: Is Riu Palace Tikida close to Agadir centre

Hi

Thank you so much for all this information. I was very touched you have taken the time to reply in detail. It is all booked now so looking forward to it. I have also bought a guide book because I have also book a few nights in Marrakech.

Thanks again.

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Helpful report.

Thank you

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Well all the same I found the information useful and thanks again for posting it. I am sure lots of other people will find it useful to.

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