Afensou has the benefits of an exceptional climate and enjoys some of the best weather conditions in Morocco.
You can wear a T-shirt and shorts during the day all year round!
Like the high valleys of the Valais region of Switzerland, the specific micro-climate of Afensou means you can spend a holiday there at any time of year. The number of sunny days per year is over 330 and it rarely rains more than ten days a year, concentrated during the three months of winter (that’s a big word for this season here), between mid-November and mid-February.
Whilst Agadir has a more changeable maritime climate and Taroudant’s climate is more continental on a plain more often swept by winds and subject to heatwaves, Afensou enjoys the natural protection of the surrounding high mountains.
At 800m altitude, there is no snow or frost. The swirling sandy winds of the Sahara rarely cause problems and the south-facing position of this high valley is ideal.
Despite the general tendency to global warming and desertification, the high mountain chains supply a good number of perennial springs, which do their bit in maintaining the region’s green and luxuriant gardens, creating real mountain oases, which come as a surprise to many a visitor to this area. In the intense heat of July and August, the coolness of the springs, the wadis and waterfalls, as well as the considerable shade of the carob and olive plantations still enable you to pursue a good number of activities, even at the height of summer.
This sort of climate makes it a pleasant place to visit all year round. Every time of year has its specific characteristics and points of interest. It would be impossible to give exact dates, as the weather has a strong influence on these events, such as the harvests for example.
In December and January, the temperatures are generally pleasant during the day, with weeks and weeks of sunshine. At this point, the purity of the skies and colours with the snow lying at high altitude, crowning the line of ridges in a superb manner, are very interesting. Depending on the year, you can watch the olives being harvested and the almond trees turn the high valleys progressively pink.
February brings the end of winter and the climate can be changeable and summery. The temperatures are ideal for walking and flowers start to abound in the terraced gardens.
The climate in March and April is very pleasant. This is the time of the Muslim New Year. The fields turn green, the argan trees regain their robustness after one or two downpours and the barley starts to germinate. This is also a sought-after school holiday period for many families who stay here.
It is then hotter in May and June, and these are the perfect months for enjoying the sunshine and the tranquil nature of the area. There are harvests in abundance.
In July and August, there are a few sporadic heatwaves, yet these are more bearable here than on the plains. It’s a case of living at a different pace: for example, getting up early to go walking; going for more leisurely activities at midday on the banks of the wadi, near the spring or under the trees in the gardens; continuing outside pursuits later in the afternoon. The evenings are exceptional. This is a great time, when the wheat, argan nuts and Barbary figs, to mention just a few, are harvested. On 15th August, there is the moussem: three long evenings of folk music and dancing in the village centre. In every house, women and children watch the men in traditional costumes dancing in a circle holding hands. Very compelling to watch!
September, October and November are an ideal, quiet season for all activities. In the houses, the women shell the argan nuts and the olive oil is pressed. The heat subsides, making long hikes along the ridges accessible to everyone.