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If your destination is the beach, head south along the Atlantic coast. The coastal town of Essaouira has earned admirers for its white-washed walls and laid-back hippy vibe; and Oualidia is a tiny fishing village famed for its oysters. At the other end of the spectrum, southern Morocco's principle port and premier resort is Agadir, a sun and sand destination that caters to package tourists. Inland, the Souss Valley offers some of the country's most exciting birdwatching opportunities, especially in the Souss-Massa National Park. The region's Berber capital is Taroundannt, a traditional town surrounded by red-mud walls and back by the ...

If your destination is the beach, head south along the Atlantic coast. The coastal town of Essaouira has earned admirers for its white-washed walls and laid-back hippy vibe; and Oualidia is a tiny fishing village famed for its oysters. At the other end of the spectrum, southern Morocco's principle port and premier resort is Agadir, a sun and sand destination that caters to package tourists. Inland, the Souss Valley offers some of the country's most exciting birdwatching opportunities, especially in the Souss-Massa National Park. The region's Berber capital is Taroundannt, a traditional town surrounded by red-mud walls and back by the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas. This is the starting point for hikes to the flower-filled fields of the Tichka Plateau or the volcanic landscape of the Jebel Siroua.

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  • Location: Essaouira is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast. The Souss Valley is a well irrigated area that has been one of Morocco's most fertile regions for centuries.
  • Language: Arabic, Berber Dialects, French
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • Research: Sous Valley | Essaouira
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