Weather Averages for Agadir in January
Averages for Agadir in January
January is coldest of the three winter months in Agadir, Morocco though temperatures still average a high of 23° C during the day. Most days are partly cloudy but generally you will experience a few days in the month when there is plenty of sunshine without a cloud in the sky.
If you are a sun worshipper then July through to September are best for you, although even in January you can still enjoy the beach or pool. Early mornings and evenings, however, can be a bit chilly until the sun has had a chance to warm things up. January 5th is the most likely day of rain during the year. The total monthly precipitation rate averages only one inch or so, hence the possibility of rain will not ruin your holiday. You will need a jacket or sweater in the mornings and evenings as temperatures can dip to below 10° C. Ocean temperatures in Agadir average 18°C. Most pools are not heated so they can be quite chilly in the mornings until the sun has had a chance to warm them up.
The coldest day of the year is January 15th with the average temperature on that day dropping to 7° C. Other than the peaks of the Atlas Mountains that can be viewed from throughout the city, you will not see any snow on the ground in Agadir. The sun rises at approximately 8:00 AM each day and sets by about 5:00 PM each afternoon during January. Most visitors include watching the sunsets from one of the many cafes near the beach, or from the Kasbah on the hill overlooking the harbour on their “must do” lists.
Rainfall averages almost an inch total for the month. Thunderstorms occur, but are relatively uncommon in winter months. There is on average a less than 2% chance of a thunderstorm in January. When it does rain, moderate or light showers have the most likelihood of keeping you indoors for a time. The dew point during the month of January generally remains in the comfortable range. Perfect outdoor weather, it feels neither too dry nor too muggy.
Things to do
If you like golf, Agadir has some of the best courses in the Maghreb. The Royal Agadir just east of the city ranks as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. For lessons, the highly rated Agadir Golf Training center’s picturesque setting makes it ideal for either learning the game or improving your skills.
The town of Agadir is relatively new. The old city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1960. A 20 minute walk from the ocean front, the Kasbah remains as the only structure left of the old city. Spectacular views await the visitor due to its location atop a hill overlooking the city and the ocean.
There are plenty of tours available including camel trekking, atlas mountain excursions and mountain bike rides. Marrakesh can be reached in about three hours by cab or bus. Private bus companies offer clean and reasonably priced one day excursions on very comfortable, air conditioned busses with wifi and other amenities.
Besides the beaches, Agadir is best known for its seafront promenade. Colorful, vibrant, and family-friendly, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from such as the Restaurant La Promenade Beach, a popular eatery for lunch known for its fish, appetizers and delicious fresh baked bread. Sitting in one of the cafes – look out for the local “guides” trying to entice you to one of the belly dancing shows- and enjoying the sun setting over the Atlantic can easily become a nightly ritual. If you are a runner, an early morning jog along the promenade is a treat, especially at this time of year when the temperatures haven’t soared to uncomfortable levels.
Nightlife begins after sundown in Agadir. For a nightclubs on the beach with a local flavor, try the Flamingo or the Club Amadil located in the Amadil Beach Hotel. One of the best casinos can be found at the Atlantic Palace, a few blocks from the harbour.
Casino in Atlantic Palace, Agadir.
Hit the Beach
Most tourists come to Agadir for the resort’s beautiful white sand beaches, including Agadir beach by the harbor and Tiznit beach to the south of the city. Many hotels such as the Paradis Plage just outside the city are located right on the beach with many of the rooms overlooking the ocean. There are dozens of watersports available including surfing, jet skiing, and paragliding. Swimmers beware however, as the undertow can be dangerous if you wade more than waist deep. For swimming, hotel pools are much safer. If you want to avoid the crowds and have a bit more privacy, a short cab or bus ride outside of the city takes you along miles and miles of picturesque and unspoiled seaside such as the Tamri, Taghazout, or Amesnaz beaches. If you like to ride horses, or have never ridden a camel, several companies – such as Amodou Cheval - offer rides along the shore. Most tours last about two hours.
Where to Eat & Drink
You will never run out of choices for eating and drinking in Agadir. From local Moroccan cuisine to a Norwegian fish restaurant, there’s something for everyone.
If you are looking for a fine dining experience, one of the most popular and highly rated restaurants in the city is Pure Passion. Considered to be one of the finest eating establishments in Morocco, the cuisine mixes local and European cooking with a decidedly French flair.
One of the most popular places for French Moroccan food is the Le Jardin d'Eau or the Quartiers d’ete. The excellent service and friendly staff make both a favourite for locals and tourists alike.
For affordable family fare, such as pizza and ice cream, head to Venezia, which is located near the marina, right off the beach. Indeed, there are many other decent, child-friendly options along the beach front.
Where to Stay
As the largest resort city in Morocco, Agadir caters to the budget conscious as well as the not-so-budget conscious traveller. Visitors can choose from five star hotels, self-catering apartments, and everything in between. Most are family friendly, many allow pets, the majority have beautiful views and beach accessible locations are plentiful.
Most facilities have lots of extras, too, such as Olympic size pools, tennis courts, opulent gardens and family rooms. On the high end of the price scale, the Riad Villa Blanche or Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort offers lots of amenities including luxurious pools, spas, and a choice of several in-house restaurants.
Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort, Agadir.
Many other resorts offer similar features, but at much less cost. The popular Hotel Riu Palace Tikida offers reasonable family prices, a choice of four restaurants and all-inclusive rates.
Self-catering hotels are plentiful and reasonable priced even during the height of the tourist season. You can book some that sleep six and are right on the beach for as little as £63 per night.
January events in Agadir
New Year's Day
1st January 2015
New Year's Day is typically a day for family, friends, and rest from the night of partying. If it's a hot day why not spend the day sunbathing on the shimmering coast of Agadir.
Milad un Nabi
3rd January 2015
This public holiday celebrates the birth of the prophet Muhammad. It may seem strange to other cultures, but this day is often quiet and relaxed, as there are only restricted festivities on Eid Milad-Un-Nabi as the same day marks the death of the Prophet Muhammad.
Independence Manifesto Day
11th January 2015
People celebrate Independence day by attending parades and firework displays. The day marks the exact date Morocco broke free from years of French colonial rule.
2015 Africa Cup of Nations
17th January 2015 to 8th February 2015
Be a spectator at this 30th edition football championship. This is a once in a lifetime experience for all of the football (soccer) lovers out there. African teams will have to qualify for the tournament in various knockout rounds. Participant countries usually include Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa. In Africa this tournament is almost as significant as the World Cup as every nation wants their team to be the best in the continent!