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Riu Tikada Beach Hotel

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Riu Tikada Beach Hotel

We are two mature female friends who have booked a room each in late April at the RIU Tikada Beach Hotel and are concerned that reviews have said there is a noisy night club here that is also frequented by ' women of the night' ! Have booked with Thomson and would welcome any advice on how to avoid this potential (?)threat to an otherwise lovely looking holiday where we are well aware of cultural expectations .

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Request a quiet room with Thomson and again when you arrive at the hotel.

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Thank you so much as 'quiet ' is so right and was simply missed by me in worrying about too much else! Aussi, quelle est la voie la plus rapide pour arriver a Marrakesh ? Trying out my French before I go and is it better to try seeing something special near Agadir which you could recommend as closer and memorable to take back to my family and friends in Wales ?

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Hi

We have just got back from Agadir albeit we stayed at the Dunnas. There is a night club at the Tikada Beach which we saw posters for but didn't frequent due to being of a similar age and from North Wales so like it quiet lol.

Agadir is a purpose built holiday resort and as such didn't appear to have many sights worth visiting. The promenade bet your hotel and the beach is superb and great for a stroll, however you WILL be pestered by the hawkers but a polite no sends them on there way.

We did the Thomson one day trip to Marrakesh which picked us up from the hotel at 0645 and delivered us back at 2300. You could do it a lot cheaper yourself but we wanted a guide and the security of Thomson's behind it. Well worth doing and Marrakesh on the Tuesday we visited was like Manchester or Liverpool at Christmas Manic.

As a heads up prices in the tourists area are not as cheap as we thought they would be a coffee was 20 = £1.54. Most of the locals are friendly but if you find them very friendly watch out they will be selling either a tour, acting as a guide or selling something you don't want.

Hope this helps have a great trip.

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Most of the hotels have nightclubs which are frequented mainly by local sleazy type guys and ' ladies of the night'. Other than a room away from the noise don't let this bother you as there is never any trouble outside or anything. The local 'casnovas' will try to engage you in conversation ( age is irrelevant ) but if you ignore them they stop. Not dangerous or threatening just mildly irriating and a fact of life

in Agadir! A useful phrase is 'La Shokran ' meaning ' No thank you ' in Arabic. It will be your most used phrase as you walk the promenade at night! For the more persistent ones follow up with 'allez vite ' which is ' go away quickly' in French. It works - trust me!

Edited: 20 January 2013, 18:55
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Thank you all for your replies and tips which are very thoughtful and should make this well-looked-forward-to trip , where have not been , lovely and feeling safer.

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If this is your first time to Agadir, then I hope you will find the following advice and info useful: (The answer to your question is right at the bottom)

RIU TIKIDA BEACH HOTEL

Luxurious hotel in prime location on sea front. Clean, spacious and highly reviewed by past guests. It has its own private manned cornered off section on the beach to keep vendors, beggars and beach hawkers at bay, while you relax sunbathing and splashing on the Atlantic ocean

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.

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

However Dirhams are spoken when dealing with tourist 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.

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

Noisy & Chaotic, exotic & colourful, 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.

Right now there was some major work going in some part of it, however is business as usual (except 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

•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

•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

•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.

KEEP YOUR WIT ABOUT YOU AND YOU SHOULD HAVE A FAB HOLIDAY IN A FAB PLACE.

Cheers

Cas

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This info is fab and if we don't manage to enjoy ourselves then it is our own fault! Thank you .

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8. Re: Riu Tikada Beach Hotel

Like you to know that we had great rooms each overlooking pool and sea . My school French and update was ok and really made a difference for getting good service and including 20 D tip each time for amazing staff who knew what you wanted and saved more for the room maids as fab attention to rooms . I loved Agadir despite being a fish and unable to swim due to a wrist fracture in the black ice before going. The surf is amazing and would be great for the surfers in Britain ( Cornwall) if they knew !

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