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Aménagement extérieur

Aménagement extérieur

Réalisé avec soin.

L'une des neuf portes

L'une des neuf portes

Palmiers Washington omniprésents. Photo Chantal Heniry

Fruits et légumes

Fruits et légumes

Une très grande diversité.

Fruits et légumes frais

Fruits et légumes frais

Les Gadiris viennent en masse faire leurs courses quotidiennes au souk El Had

Quelque 6'000 boutiques

Quelque 6'000 boutiques

Le souk El Had est le plus grand du Maroc

On trouve de tout au souk El Had

On trouve de tout au souk El Had

Dans une ambiance à nulle autre pareille

Ambiance de fin de journée

Ambiance de fin de journée

Brochette à gogo.


Souk El Had of Agadir: the largest in Morocco

Located in the center of Agadir, the souk El Had covers an area of 12 hectares. It includes 6,000 shops arranged by product family, as well as nine gates, equipped with as many open-air car parks, where one circulates in a joyful din. It is surrounded by walls six meters high. It is the largest souk in Morocco.We get there in about three quarters of an hour.. Whether or not you shop there, its aisles rich in colors and scents are a sight you must have seen, as you must have been to Ouled Teima souk, very close to the Jardin aux Etoiles.

Tourists are easy prey for traders in a souk. Be careful, but don't give up the pleasure of haggling, as long as the shopkeepers do not go beyond the limits of reason! If the merchant knows how to do it with his patter, we will put up with it, knowing that by his generosity we will have contributed to the family tajine in the evening...

 

Live animals and decorative objects

 

In the souk of Agadir, tradition has its place. There are many living animals there: poultry of all kinds and all colors, which will be plucked and killed in front of you. Sensitive souls refrain ! There are also more unexpected animals, such as chameleons.

 

To imagine the souk only as an expression of the past would be to commit an error of judgment. The Gadiris largely do most of their daily shopping at the souk El Had. And the latter is up to date. On the clothing side, you will find the latest fashion, especially for men. Credit cards are also accepted by many merchants. 

 

In this gridded immensity, between carpets, fruits, vegetables and souvenirs, you sometimes have to ask for directions. Nevertheless, it is quite easy to unearth beautiful decorative objects, such as colored goatskin lamps, of which you will finda whole collection at the Jardin aux Etoiles. Moroccan craftsmen excel in the art of brassware. Hence an abundance of very pretty metal lamps and lanterns. However, check their quality carefully. Rightly or wrongly, those from Marrakech are known to turn into scams, insofar as they risk being dismantled quickly. In any case, this is what the craftsmen of Agadir claim... and what we have also verified. So pay attention to thearnakech !

 

No poufs!

 

On the other hand, do not look for poufs in Berber fabrics or camel skin. There is none in souk El Had, verification made. Those on which you can stretch out in front of the fireplace in theAtlas Lounge derived fromTaroudant and ofMarrakesh.

 

A mosque inside the souk

The El Had souk includes an intramural mosque. This shrine is ncalled "Annour", which means light. It is a new construction, which succeeded the previous mosque, which had become too small and had suffered from the wear and tear of time. The new minaret rises 30 meters. Between the ground floor and the ground floor, the establishment can accommodate up to 1,500 men and on a mezzanine some 400 women.

 

Its facades are embellished with arcades and black schist patterns, earth constructions, colonnades covered with excised sand and earth colored zelliges, Smara stone foundations and handcrafted earth brick domes. Inside, the ornaments offered a wide variety of patterns inspired by Moroccan geometric art which alternates solids, voids, changes of materials and colors. The abundance of techniques and materials used gives pride of place to patterns in carved cedar wood, monochrome zellige and "gebs", hand-chiselled patterns.

The Souk El Had (which means "Sunday market") is open every day, except Monday (cleaning day).

 

The other souks of Souss that are worth a visit:

 

Ouled Teima Souk (particularly busy on Thursdays)

 

Berber souk of Taroudant

 

The atmosphere of souk El Had by YouTube videos
​A little less than an hour
by expressway
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