Atlas Mountains Weather April Averages, Morocco
What's the Weather like in Atlas Mountains in April
April brings the start of spring to the Atlas Mountains and one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the area. Though the weather is not as warm as it will be in the peak summer months of June, July and August, April provides a wonderful climate for those that want to enjoy the many challenging treks in the region without facing too much summer sun.
Average temperatures in April in the Atlas Mountains reach up to 18°C in direct sunlight, with average highs reaching up to 25°C in the most secluded areas.
While it may be warm closer to sea level, minimum temperatures can fall very dramatically with average lows of 12°C. However when you take into consideration wind chill factors and higher altitudes, the climate can feel even cooler than this at times.
The start of spring also sees a new view of the Atlas Mountains emerge. Snow removes to the higher peaks of the mountains offering plenty of easier treks for those less experienced walkers. While the lack of full summer heat ensures a very pleasant trip for those that do not like their walking spoiled by too much sun.
Sunshine and Rain
9 expected hours of daily sunshine provides the perfect back drop for those that wish to partake in a long day excursion. However as April comes, so do the showers, which means that the start of spring also heralds the wettest month in the region. 35mm of rain are expected to fall in the Atlas Mountains in April. And with only 6 days expected to be wet, this means rain does fall hard when it arrives.
However, the climate is soon able to clear up, which means no trip will be spoilt by too much rain. And such precipitation also encourages the plants and wildlife to emerge, one of the reasons why this area of the world is so unlike any other.
Hotels for Atlas Mountains in April
Anyone that stays at Top Ourika will agree, the service in this small hotel is second to none. With Abdul and his team ready to cater to your every whim, you will never feel more taken care of. Though the rooms are basic, they are very spacious with some of the suites boasting balconies large enough to enjoy breakfast or a private dinner on. Enjoy the experience of taking a minibus on the 45 minute trip back to Marrakech and be jammed in until there is no space between you. Then refresh yourself in the small private swimming pool for a truly authentic Moroccan delight.
Maison d'hote Hajja
The grotto at the Maison d'hote Hajja is the perfect place to enjoy a candle lit evening meal in the warm April air. Or, if you get up early enough, you can take breakfast on the terrace while watching the sunrise, with the sensational views of the Atlas Mountains acting as the perfect back drop. Clean, comfortable rooms are tastefully decorated, and offer the perfect finishing touch to a wonderful place to stay.
The Riad Adore is situated just a few minutes' walk away from the Souks in the centre of Marrakech to provide a very convenient location to base your stay. The contemporary feel to this fully restored riad boasts a plunge pool and luxury style. There is even an open fire on the roof top terrace to eradicate any faint memories of the cold winter chill. Ideally placed for minibuses into the Atlas Mountains or the centre of the city, Riad Adore provides access to all the delights that Morocco has to offer.
Restaurants and Bars for Atlas Mountains in April
La Muraille de L'Ourika
For authentic Moroccan cuisine at very appealing prices, La Muraille de L'Ourika is a wonderful place to visit. The outside terrace allows you to sit and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with views spanning across Ourika. The service from the ever present staff ensures you have everything you need. Try Spicy Shrimps or Moroccan tagines for some local fair that is sure to tingle the taste buds.
Le Fondouk is one the chicest restaurants in this part of Morocco located within the trendy part of Marrakesh. But be warned, even in April, to eat here at the weekends you will have to book. Savour the combination of Moroccan flavours with a distinctly Italian/French influence. And with state of the art European design decorating the interior, it is worth the trip into the city just to experience Le Fondouk for yourself.
Auberge Le Maquis
Whether you are passing through Aghbalou or visiting for an extended stay, Auberge Le Maquis is one place you will not want to miss. Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the relaxing atmosphere and fairly priced menu ensures that everyone who visits will have a very pleasant experience. But make sure you call ahead to book a table. This restaurant is popular no matter what time of year it is.
Things to Do in Atlas Mountains in April
Though most people will head directly to Ait Benhaddou for a trip to see a historic Kasbah, the Kasbah Telouet should not be overlooked. Built directly onto the trans-Saharan trading route, this incredible structure was created by the Glaoui family in 1800. Walk through the dilapidated external walls to appreciate the incredible artistry of the mosaics and wood carvings that decorate the interior. With views across the entire area, and even a few local restaurants to enjoy on your trip, go off the beaten track and take a visit to Kasbah Telouet.
To enjoy the sheer incredulity of the Moroccan landscape, a visit to Dades Gorge is sure to take the breath away. While many will choose to visit this site in the peak summer months, a trip in the spring ensures you can see the beauty of this natural environment before it has been overrun with spectators. Separating the Atlas Mountains from the neighbouring Anti Atlas, see gravity defying rock formations and Kasbahs built so close to the drop that it looks like they could easily fall in. Yet all is wrapped up in a beauty that only Morocco can provide.