Agadir is a beach resort and the entrance point to Southern Morocco and the desert. It has a small Jewish community, and a small group of Amazigh (Berber) Jews lives in the neighboring town of Inezgane. Agadir Jews were active in trade with Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe before the 1760’s, when the Sultan moved 2,000 of them to Essaouira. The community gradually rebuilt itself.
However, an earthquake hit the city on February 29, 1960 killing more than half the population, including 1,200 Jews. Jewish, Muslim and Christian cemeteries were set up side by side to bury the victims. Two-thirds of the tombs in the Jewish cemetery are from earthquake victims.