Atlas Mountains Weather March Averages, Morocco
What's the Weather like in Atlas Mountains in March
March is the last of the colder months in the Atlas Mountains, offering a mix of some winter days, but far more sunny spring days. Average temperatures of 18°C ensure the feeling of warmth is definitely starting to grow, especially in the lower areas. However highs of 24°C are only usually felt in the most secluded regions of the mountains where there is very little shade.
Though March in the Atlas Mountains does traditionally experience less rainfall than the previous month of February, with an expected 25mm of rain throughout the month it is still the third wettest month in the range across the year. However there are only approximately 7 days of the month that will experience any sort of precipitation which means, when the rain does come down, it tends to be very heavy.
An average of 7 daily sunshine hours offer plenty of time for visitors to enjoy the clean air and exquisite views in this natural phenomenon. It is an excellent time to trek through the mountains before the majority of the visitors start to arrive in April. However, due to the high altitude and lack of cloud cover, sun protection is always necessary, even in the cooler months.
Average lows of 11°C mean there is always the risk of some cooler days during March, which can feel even milder at higher altitudes or in the shade of the mighty summits. Night time temperatures can fall a lot lower than expected. However the many traditional blankets made in the area ensure visitors will always remain comfortable.
Snow will still be very apparent across even some of the lower parts of the mountains during March. However this offers the ideal conditions for avid skiers and for the more experienced climber looking for a challenging winter trek combined with clear, sunny skies.
Hotels for Atlas Mountains in March
After a long day's trekking, the heated swimming pool at Riad Caravane offers welcome relief from those weary bones. Situated in the village of Ait Boulmane this 8 room luxury hotel is both stylish and very welcoming. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, providing a consistent temperature throughout the fluctuating climate of March. And with each room named after a different African city, the facilities are contemporary, authentic and wonderfully pleasurable.
The boutique style of Kasbah Omar offers a truly eclectic sensation for any visitor. The clear blue skies offer incredible views over the Atlas Mountains while each of the uniquely styled rooms provide their own authentic charm. The hotel boasts its own hammam within its exceptional grounds. And with a percentage of its profits donated to the local village, a stay at Kasbah Omar can benefit everyone.
Situated within the south of Marrakech itself, Kasar Anika is one of the small number of hotels in the region that can be reached by car, ideal for those with mobility issues that still wish to enjoy the beauty of this region. Inside, the hotel boasts a swimming pool, hammam and even a cinema room. While upstairs the roof terrace houses a small gym for those that want to work out while enjoying the view. Open to visitors of any age, choose from deluxe, superior or standard rooms to enjoy the pleasure of staying at Kasar Anika.
Restaurants and Bars for Atlas Mountains in March
Kasbah du Toukbal
Though Kasbah du Toukbal is the most luxurious hotel in the Atlas Mountains, even if you can't afford to stay there, you could still treat yourself to a meal within its first class restaurant. Authentic Moroccan cuisine is available with a fixed price menu for both the lunch and evening option. This will ensure you can enjoy a touch of luxury on your trip without any nasty surprises when the bill comes.
If you want to experience high quality nightlife in Marrakesh, then Bo-Zin is the place to be seen. Large and spacious, this is one of the new wave of restaurants and bars now appearing on the new side of Marrakech that offers a more western attitude to hospitality. Enjoy champagne, cocktails or beer at the bar or opt for the Shark tagine for a truly original feast. With music to dance to and a party atmosphere, even in March, Bo-Zin is a great place to let your hair down.
Au Sanglier Qui Fume
Though John Mortimor has never actually named the Au Sanglier Qui Fume as the restaurant of his choice in the Atlas Mountains, it is widely believed that this is where he likes to spend his time. Incredible views and delicious flavours give this restaurant an outstanding reputation for visitors at any time of the year. Based in a quaint boarding house, the trip up the Tizi n'Test Pass is worth every minute, just to taste the cuisine waiting at Au Sanglier Qui Fume.
Things to Do in Atlas Mountains in March
Anyone visiting the Atlas Mountains cannot fail to notice the looming presence of Toubkal, the second highest mountain in Africa. And for any visitor in March, this is the perfect time to attempt to climb the summit. Tours can be taken from two to six days, giving you time to explore the valleys and villages that are dotted around this natural phenomenon. Book your trek before your trip or make a last minute reservation from one of the many trekking companies that are situated in the area. As March is still a relatively quiet time of the year, there should be some space even for the last minute adventurer.
4x4 tour of Atlas Mountains
For a less energetic way to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, try a 4x4 tour of the Atlas Mountains. Such a trip will take in all the local attractions of the area and, because the tour is booked by car rather than by person, it is just as cheap to take six people as it is to go by yourself. The cost of the tour includes lunch for the driver, but make sure you pack something for the passengers to eat otherwise your driver could be the only one enjoying a midday meal.