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Agadir, Morocco

Located on the Atlantic coast near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Agadir is a tourist city in southwest Morocco known for its proximity to many excellent beaches, parks and the Sahara Desert. The mild winter climate and good beaches make it a major winter sun destination for northern Europeans. Agadir is also an important fishing and commercial port and was the first sardine port in the world. It is famous for its seafood and agriculture and exports include cobalt, manganese, zinc and citrus. Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafes, Agadir is not a traditional Morocco city, but rather a modern, busy and dynamic town. In 1960, Agadir was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds, burying the city and killing 15,000 people. Reconstruction began in 1961, two kilometers south of the earthquake epicentre.

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