With 300 days of sunshine a year, Agadir is a solid bet for kissing goodbye to the winter months with a city-beach break. The crescent-shaped promenade is the liveliest part of town, perfect for people-watching over fresh seafood or a hearty tajine, though the city itself is also well worth a wander. Explore the souks and Agadir's popular Sunday market, and be sure to pencil in the time to visit the town's Kasbah, which dates back to 1541.
If you want to do more with your beach time, book a couple of days at Blue Waves Surf House in Agadir's Anza neighbourhood. Oceanfront rooms can be shared hostel-style or booked privately, and the camp offers surf lessons from noob to expert.
The city is bookended by the Atlantic and the Anti-Atlas Mountains (a slightly less intimidating range than the Atlas Mountains) which are popular among trekkers. Book a guide and head out to the hills for a leg workout between beach sessions - you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Sahara Desert.
Who to take with you
A friend who's keen to jump on a flight for a last-minute long weekend in the sunshine.
When to go
Spring, for immaculate weather and fewer tourists.
Most likely to bump
French surfers catching waves at Devil's Rock and Panorama.
Essentials to bring with you
A stack of novels - we recommend Suzanna Clarke's A House in Fez.
How to get there
Fly into Agadir-Al Massira airport.