Hi! Planning a trip to Morocco this year and the most ideal time for us to go is late Feb/early March. I wondered exactly how hot (or not) it will be then. Would we be able to get a couple of day's sunbathing in at a beach at the end of our trip? Will it be warm enough? Is it worth waiting a month longer? Thanks. C
Hi, February and March are still cold in Morocco as the Mountains are still white with snow.You can enjoy sunbathing days in some places mainly in Agadir and try to avoid Essaouira , for it is windy and cold even in summer.You may need to get a warm jacket and pullover as the night are very cold .If you want to enjoy the sun , try April and May ; they are lovely months in term of weather .
Although a lot of people will look me strange for suggesting it: If you want sun and beach in Feb/March consider a package tour to the Canary Islands. My mother swears by it and she always comes back with a great tan. She also raves about the RIU hotels, especially about the food served there for breakfast and dinner. Granted, she goes in August, but from neighbors I heard that it is just as possible to get a tan and have a dip if you go in winter. Apparently the Gulf Stream warms up the waters around the islands sufficiently for this. It should be possible to get some great deals for the RIU hotels during Feb/March, just check what the regular price is for the hotel you want and then look regularly whether there is a special offer. Keep in mind that prices can change daily, sometimes even hourly according to capacity.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 20, 2008, at 4:26 PM by t_maia ]
Lanzarote has some great trekking and the Timanfaya National Park is stunning!! Papagayo is a cracking (partly nudist) beach and there is much much much more to the island than the 'fun pubs' and fry-up joints of Playa Del Carmen.
It's relatively inexpensive and has a character that is unique and the best thing is that if you hire a car and go exploring you will see some cracking scenery, meet some great people and definitely get a tan. The temp will be late 20's if not hovering around 30 in March!!
I agree that Morocco will be a bit chilly still in Feb/March. Essaouira is a cool beach area but very windy (one of the best lpaces to kite surf and wind surf in that part of the world) so best visited in early summer really.
Agadir is a bit grotty at any time of the year and the beaches in Lanzarote are far better.
I would also love to go to Cape Verde and it has become cheaper to visit in the last year or so. That would be a cool place to go!!
Wherever you plump for have fun
Cheers! Going mid-April for some slightly better weather. We're backpacking and after some culture - souks, medinas, food, mountain villages, desert in addition to few days on beach, so want to steer well clear of any package holiday destinations (Canary Islands are kinda off the mark a bit...thanks tho).
Morocco can be incredibly touristy and attracts a fair number of the dreaded package tourists that you seem so keen to avoid - the Djemma el Fna square in Marrakesh is also chocked full of local guys doing Del Boy impressions and saying 'lovely jubbly' and that they will give you 'asda price'. They can also be irritating and quite forceful, especially the guys that try to thrust snakes around your neck so you can take a photo. Fes is pretty touristy too - head off to Volubilis near Meknes if you fancy some Roman ruins.
Going in April gives you a fighting chance of some decent beach weather at the end so thats a good decision.
The Atlas mountains are very cool. There are some cracking little villages to stop off in with basic accommodation and lovely cheap tajines for dinner.