Venue & location



The venue of the conference is the nice city of Agadir located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The mild winter climate and wonderful beaches have made it a major "winter sun" destination for Northern Europeans. The conference will take place at Palais des Roses Hotel, a 5 stars Hotel which overlooks the beautiful beach of the bay of Agadir.


Located in the seaside, Palais des Roses Hotel offers access to a private beach. All air-conditioned rooms come with a balcony and offer views of the Atlantic ocean, garden or pool views. Palais des Roses Hotel includes 4 restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine, Moroccan and international. The hotel also has a bar serving snacks and drinks. The Hotel is close to the national road N1 , N8 and N10 and it is 30 minutes drive from the airport Al Massira. A discount is obtained for participants.

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Agadir is a seaport and seaside resort with a large sandy beach. Because of its large buildings, wide roads, modern hotels, and European-style cafes, some consider it not typically Moroccan. But, Agadir is surrounded by three beautiful and historic cities: Taroudant (the little sister of Marrakech), Essaouira (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage) and Tiznit (one of the very ancient southren Moroccan cities). Agadir is located about 500 Km to the south of Casablanca, 76 Km from Taroudant, 78 Km from Tiznit, 173 km from Essaouira, and 235 km to the west of Marrakech.



With its miraculous climate, providing a minimum of 300 days of sunshine a year, and its 10km-long beach, Agadir is a great seaside place to hold the second CSNDD2014. The developed coastal road allows to stroll along more of the sea front, a popular place for a walk at any time of day, which offers a complete panorama of the whole bay.


The old kasbah

Destroyed by the earthquake of 1960, the kasbah no longer has its crenellated ramparts, which was built in 1540. Nevertheless, this elevated site has a complete view of the bay, the port and the new town. It is enchanting at sundown, when the light is flecked with gold. On its front gate can still be read the following sentence in Dutch: "Fear God and honor thy King ".


Agadir earthquake

On February 29, 1960, Agadir was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds, burying the old city and killing thousands. Agadir earthquake was one of the most devastating local quakes of all times. In areas such as the Kasbah the death toll amounted to 95 per cent of the population, and almost every structure was completely shattered. On March 3 of the same year, King Mohamed V announced the reconstruction of the city. In our days, Agadir is a vibrant city with a modern architecture, mainly oriented to the future.


The new medina

Slightly to the south of the city center, this is a place to be discovered with great delight: the new medina was reconstructed from the 1990s onwards by Italian architect Coco Polizzi. It is an original and bold success, where the Moroccan soul still survives. The jewelry souk and the Moorish cafe are more than worth the detour.


A blue man of the desert takes a nap


The old medina