Atlas Mountains Weather September Averages, Morocco
What's the Weather like in Atlas Mountains in September
September sees a cooling of peak temperatures in the Atlas Mountains and a calming of the winds, offering the ideal weather for visitors who wish to explore the wonders of the region. September to November is one of the most popular times for trekkers to visit the Atlas Mountains. This period provides protection from the heat of the peak summer sun experienced in July and August. But it does provide the opportunity to ascend the many summits in the region before the coldest weather starts in December.
Expect average temperatures in September in the Atlas Mountains to reach a very pleasant 25°C. However there can be peak temperatures averaging up to 32°C in some of the most exposed areas, so sun protection and fresh water should always be to hand.
When climbing, be aware that the temperature can fluctuate very quickly. Therefore, it is always wise to pack an extra layer or two. Even if the weather forecast looks promising from the base of the mountain, the experience can be very different when altitude rises.
While September is by no means the driest month of the year in the Atlas Mountains, only 10mm of rain are expected to fall during the entire month. And with only 3 days expected to experience any form of precipitation, it is the ideal time of year to take part in the many outdoor activities that this region has to offer.
Moving into autumn, there are still plenty of bright days left in September. The Atlas Mountains experience an average of nine hours of daily sunshine throughout the month, ensuring superb visibility for trekkers and tourists alike.
Average minimum temperatures do tend to fall in September, with a strong likelihood that you will see some snow on the highest summits even this close to summer. On the ground, minimum temperatures will usually average at 18°C. But with the introduction of shade and altitude, the climate can feel considerably cooler.
Hotels for Atlas Mountains in September
Riad Dar Imlil
Situated in one of the busiest trekking regions of the Atlas Mountains, Riad Dar Imlil is both picturesque and very comfortable. Large bedrooms with clean en-suite bathroom facilities provide the perfect base for any walking holiday including family holidays or travelling in large groups. Tours can be organised from within the hotel or before your trip. And with exceptional food and relaxing sun terraces within the accommodation, you have everything you need to relax after a busy day on the mountains.
Riad Dar Adrar
If you are looking for good quality budget accommodation in the Atlas Mountains, you can't go far wrong with Riad Dar Adrar. Excellent value, fantastic food, and a welcoming attitude for all of its guests, this is a truly cost effective way to stay in the heart of the Atlas Mountains close to the Kasbah Du Toukbal. There is even free WiFi for anyone that chooses to stay at the Riad Dar Adrar, ideal for checking that glorious September weather at the beginning of every day.
La Cle Des Huiles
Ourika is the popular destination for many trekker in the Atlas Mountains, and La Cle Des Huiles offers tranquillity, relaxation and the ideal place to unwind after a busy day walking. Set in its own 10 acre grounds, the Inn caters perfectly for any weary traveller or for the visitor that just wants to get away from it all. With ample opportunity to sit and ponder on life, comfortable rooms and excellent authentic cuisine are just the icing on the cake.
Restaurants and Bars for Atlas Mountains in September
Even if you don't stay at the Kasbah Angour on a visit to the Atlas Mountains, no one should miss taking a meal here. This traditional Berber castle offers the perfect backdrop for a truly authentic Moroccan feast and provides you with the opportunity to be the king or queen of your castle, even if only for one meal. Internal and external areas ensure you can enjoy the maximum benefit of the warm September sun. While the wide range of traditional cuisine ensures Kasbah Angour offers a feast for all.
For a truly authentic Moroccan Café, the place to go in Marrakesh has to be Café Arabe. Set within the most beautiful orange groves, this is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet dinner or liven up the evening by meeting new friends. Enjoy a variety of salads, pastas, tartes and pastries, all washed down with Fruit teas and juices. Or choose from the vast menu of Italian and Moroccan cuisine offered by the very congenial host. One trip to Café Arabe is never enough.
La Fibule D'or
The restaurant at La Fibule D'or offers delicious food, outstanding service and beautiful views across Ait Ben Haddou. From the fresh salads to the plentiful couscous dishes and cuisine, every plate is prepared to order to ensure the highest quality results every time. If you are lucky you will see the September sun set over the mountains while you eat. And with a deliciously flavoured mint tea to finish off the evening, nowhere else would be quite the same.
Things to Do in Atlas Mountains in September
Imilchil Wedding Festival
Submerse yourself in some unique Moroccan culture with the three day Imilchil Wedding Festival held every September. The Aït Haddidou tribe meet every year at this time to celebrate the feast of Sidi Mohammed el Maghani and give individuals from the differing local tribes the opportunity to meet a prospective marital partner. White robed males enjoy the attentions of prospective future wives who will wear red, white or blue shawls to indicate their availability. And with music, feasts and a great deal of celebrations surrounding the event, it is a wonderful time to be in Imilchil.
For the nature lover, the 454 species of birds that have been sighted in Morocco is a dream come true. 209 varieties regularly breed in the country with a massive 85% choosing the Atlas Mountains above anywhere else. July to November is the ideal time to see West European migrants passing through the area such as Crested Coots, the Levaillant's Woodpecker, the Alpine Accentor, Rock Sparrow or Crimson-winged Finch. Some will fly so high that only those on the highest peaks will be able to catch a glimpse of them, while others will use the lower lands to take an over-night rest or may even choose to stay far longer.