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Agadez, formerly spelled Agades, is the largest city in central Niger, with a population of about 150,000. It lies in the Sahara and is the capital of Aïr, one of the traditional Tuareg–Berber federations. The city is also the capital of the Agadez Region.

Agadez flourishes as a market town and as a centre for the transportation of the uranium mined in the surrounding area. Notable buildings in the city include the Agadez Grand Mosque, originally dating from 1515 but rebuilt in the same style in 1844, the Kaocen Palace (now a hotel) and the Agadez Sultan's Palace. The city is also known for its camel market and its silver and leatherwork.

Some popular local musicians have found recognition in the west, like Tuareg guitar player Bombino and his band Group Bombino, Group Inerane and others. Mdou Moctar's film, Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazoughai, is set and filmed on location in Agadez.



Sights and Activities

  • Mosque of Agadez - Built in the 16th century.
  • Palace of Sultan



Getting There

By Plane

Agadez is served by Mano Dayak International Airport, while an international airport in theory and name, currently there's only domestic flights from Niamey and Zinder.

By Car

Agadez lies on the Trans-Sahara Highway, also known as the Algiers-Lagos Highway. The highway provides access north across the Sahara to Algiers and south to Nigeria with a terminus in Lagos. The Trans-Sahelian (or Dakar-N'Djamena) Highway, bisects the Trans-Saharan Highway about 600 kilometres south of Agadez.

By Bus

There is a bus service to Niamey.




  • Le Piliers tel: +227 94254419 - Italian restaurant run by the owner of the restaurants by the same name in Niamey and Iferouane.



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