When is the best time to visit Morocco?

Morocco is an amazing destination with a variety of wonderful experiences for anyone who chooses to visit. With its bustling souks and ancient medinas, cities like Marrakech and Fez, to the surreal beauty of the Sahara Desert and the ruggedness of the Atlas Mountains. You can go hiking in the mountains, ride camels in the desert or simply relax on beautiful Mediterranean and Atlantic beaches.

A trip to Morocco is an opportunity to discover a world that at times is a like a taking a trip into the past.

So when is the best time to visit Morocco?

Autumn (October to November) and Spring ( March to April) are great times to go, and many will say these are the best months due to the weather, its not as hot, but Morocco is also worth visiting at other times of the year. 


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Marrakesh Morocco

Whats the weather like in Morocco?

Average High and Low Temperature in Morocco

The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 metres above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures.
High Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rabat 17°C 18°C 20°C 21°C 23°C 24°C 26°C 27°C 26°C 24°C 21°C 18°C
Marrakesh 19°C 20°C 23°C 25°C 29°C 33°C 37°C 36°C 32°C 28°C 23°C 19°C
Tangier 16°C 17°C 18°C 20°C 23°C 26°C 29°C 29°C 27°C 24°C 20°C 17°C
Low Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rabat 9°C 9°C 11°C 12°C 14°C 17°C 19°C 19°C 18°C 15°C 12°C 10°C
Marrakesh 7°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 15°C 18°C 21°C 21°C 19°C 16°C 11°C 8°C
Tangier 9°C 9°C 11°C 12°C 14°C 17°C 20°C 20°C 19°C 16°C 13°C 10°C

Source: Weatherspark (https://weatherspark.com/countries/MA)

Weather guide for travelling to Morocco

The weather in Morocco is varied, it can get very hot in certain parts but also cool in others

Along the Atlantic coast Morocco's climate is Mediterranean with warm and dry summers and winters that are mild and wet.

If you want to head inland then summers can be very hot, with temperatures often exceeding 32°C (90°F). Winters are cooler though and can get chilly at night.

The Atlas Mountains are cooler, especially as you get higher, though it can still get very warm in the summer if you are trekking in the lower regions, in the winter though, you can find snow and there is, bizarrely, a ski resort in Morocco in the area of Oukaimeden. 

If you're heading to the Sahara Desert, then it's really important to stress that it's extremely hot in the summer, with temperatures soaring above 100°F (38°C). Winters are milder though and the nights can get quite cool in some areas.

 Camel riding Sahara Desert Morocco

Morocco travel seasons

Ideal season for taking a trip to Morocco

Let's look at the different seasons in more detail to help you decide which season is best for you to take a trip to Morocco

High/Peak Season in Morocco

If you choose to visit Morocco during its high season, which is generally from April to October then this is the time when the weather is warm and sunny, so a perfect time for exploring the country's diverse landscapes, historical sites and vibrant cities. Many tourists who take a trip to Morocco during these months come to experience attractions such as the bustling markets of Marrakech, the scenic beauty of the Atlas Mountains and the cultural richness of cities like Fez and Casablanca. However, keep in mind that the exact timing of the high season can vary depending on specific regions and events, so it's always a good idea to check for any local festivals or holidays that might impact tourist numbers.

Remember that travelling to Morocco in the high season means more tourists and higher prices, so plan and book in advance. It's a fantastic time to visit this diverse and culturally rich country. 

 Blue City Chefchaouen Morocco

Low Season in Morocco

If you're looking for a quieter time to visit Morocco then visiting during the low season, which is generally from June to August, may be the best time for you to go. June to August are Morocco's hottest months so the low season may be a good time for a trip to the Atlas mountains where the temperatures are much cooler.

During the low season a trip to Marrakech and obviously the Sahara Desert will have daytime temperatures sometimes soaring well above 100°F (37°C), making outdoor activities very uncomfortable but coastal cities like Casablanca and Essaouira have milder temperatures.

However because the heat can be quite intense, tourist crowds are significantly thinner compared to the peak season. This means that you can explore the more popular attractions with fewer people around, which can make the whole experience a lot more relaxed.

    The benefits of visiting Morocco during the low season is that it will be more affordable and less crowded but you'll need to contend with very high temperatures, especially if you venture inland. Coastal cities and the Atlas Mountains can provide some relief from the heat during this time.

     Camping under the stars Morocco

    Shoulder Season in Morocco

    The shoulder season may be the best time to visit Morocco as it falls during the transitional periods between the high and low tourist seasons, typically in the months of March and November. During these times, you can still enjoy pleasant weather with fewer crowds compared to the peak months of April to October.

    March has comfortable temperatures so a great time to visit popular destinations like Marrakech, Fez, and Chefchaouen before the influx of summer tourists.

    Similarly, November has cooler temperatures, especially in the north and coastal regions, still pleasant enough for sightseeing and outdoor adventures. Plus, you may find more affordable accommodations and fewer crowds at popular tourist spots.

    The shoulder season may be a great choice if you are looking for a quieter time with good weather but be aware that weather patterns can vary, so it's a good idea to check the forecast and plan accordingly for your trip.

    Though winter in Morocco is not particularly cold compared to many other countries, the weather can vary depending on which region you visit.

    Things to do in Marrakesh

    Marrakesh is a vibrant city bursting with culture and excitement! Here's a rundown of some fantastic things you can do there:

    • Explore the Medina: Lose yourself in the maze-like streets of the historic Medina, with its souks (markets) selling everything from spices to textiles and traditional handicrafts. Then there's the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa square, alive with snake charmers, storytellers, and food stalls serving up delicious local cuisine.
    • Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and step into the serene oasis of the Majorelle Garden. With its vibrant blue buildings, exotic plants, and tranquil fountains, all meticulously curated by French painter Jacques Majorelle.
    • Discover the Bahia Palace and admire the intricate architecture and exquisite craftsmanship of the Bahia Palace, once home to Moroccan royalty. 
    • Immerse yourself in the ultimate relaxation experience with a visit to a traditional hammam. Let the steam envelop you as you feel rejuvenated with a scrub and massage.
    • For a truly unforgettable experience, soar above the cityscape in a hot air balloon at sunrise or sunset with breathtaking views of Marrakesh and the surrounding Atlas Mountains as you glide gracefully through the sky.
    • Attend a Traditional Moroccan Dinner Show and experience the rich cultural heritage of Morocco with an evening of entertainment featuring live music, dance performances, and lovely local food, a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local traditions and hospitality.
    • Escape the city for a day and venture into the stunning Atlas Mountains for a day trip. Explore picturesque villages, hike through scenic valleys, or simply soak in the breathtaking natural beauty of this rugged landscape.

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      Best months to visit Morocco

      Which are the best months to visit Morocco? Here's what you can do in each month taking into account the time of year, what's on offer and the weather.

      Morocco in January

      • Explore the bustling streets of Marrakesh and visit the historic Jardin Majorelle.
      • Experience the snow-capped Atlas Mountains with skiing or snowboarding in places like Oukaimeden.
      • Attend the International Film Festival of Marrakesh, which usually takes place in December or January.

      Morocco in February 

      • Wander through the blue-washed streets of Chefchaouen, a picturesque mountain town.
      • Celebrate the almond blossom season in the Tafraoute region of the Anti-Atlas Mountains.
      • Participate in the annual Almond Blossom Festival in Tafraoute, featuring traditional music, dancing, and delicious almond-based treats.

      Morocco in March

      • Go trekking and camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, as temperatures are mild and comfortable.
      • Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and explore the archaeological site.
      • Join the festivities of the Tan-Tan Moussem, a cultural festival celebrating the nomadic traditions of the region.

      Morocco in April

      • See the colourful spectacle of the Rose Festival in the Dades Valley, where locals celebrate the rose harvest with parades, music, and dancing.
      • Explore the coastal town of Essaouira and enjoy water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing.
      • Take part in the International Nomad Festival in M'hamid El Ghizlane, featuring camel races, traditional music, and dance performances.

      Morocco in May 

      • Hike in the the Rif Mountains, known for their stunning scenery and traditional Berber villages.
      • Discover the ancient city of Fes and exploring its labyrinthine medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
      • Experience the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira, featuring performances by local and international musicians.

      Morocco in June

      • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Agadir and enjoy water activities like swimming and sunbathing.
      • Explore the vibrant souks of Marrakech and shop for unique handicrafts, spices, and textiles.
      • Attend the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fes, celebrating the diversity of spiritual music and traditions from around the world.

      Morocco in July

      • Go trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and maybe summit Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.
      • Escape the heat by heading to the cool mountain retreat of Ifrane, known as the "Switzerland of Morocco."
      • Explore the charming seaside town of Asilah and admire its whitewashed buildings and colorful murals.
      • Experience the Imilchil Marriage Festival, where Berber tribes gather to celebrate love and tradition.

        Morocco in August

        • Visit Casablanca as during the summer months it experiences less rainfall than at other times of the year
        • Discover the stunning Todra Gorge and go rock climbing or hiking amidst breathtaking scenery.
        • Experience the Date Festival in Erfoud, celebrating the harvest of delicious dates with music, dance, and traditional folklore.
        • Explore the ancient ksar of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its well-preserved mud-brick architecture.

        Morocco in September

        • Explore the vibrant markets of Rabat and sample traditional Moroccan cuisine at local eateries.
        • Discover the magical city of Chefchaouen and hike to the nearby Cascades d'Akchour waterfalls.
        • Experience the International Festival of Nomads in M'hamid El Ghizlane, featuring cultural performances, camel races, and traditional handicrafts.

        Morocco in October

        • Explore the historic city of Meknes and visit its impressive imperial architecture, including the Bab Mansour gate.
        • Embark on a desert safari in the Erg Chebbi dunes and spend a night camping under the stars.
        • Attend the National Heritage Festival in Marrakesh, celebrating Morocco's rich cultural heritage with music, dance, and traditional crafts.

        Morocco in November

        • Experience the magical atmosphere of the Christmas season in Morocco, with festive decorations and holiday markets in cities like Marrakesh and Fes.
        • Explore the coastal town of Agadir and relax on its sandy beaches or enjoy water sports like surfing and jet skiing.
        • Attend the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira, featuring performances by renowned Gnaoua musicians and international artists.

        Morocco in December

        • With its mild and comfortable temperatures you can have a Sahara Desert Adventure and ride a camel through the dunes, watch amazing sunsets and spend a magical night under the starry sky at a traditional Berber camp. 
        • Explore the Imperial Cities and discover the rich history and vibrant culture of Morocco. 
        • December is a great time to go to the Atlas Mountains as the temperatures are cooler and the skies will be clear. 

        Fancy a camel trip to the Sahara desert? When would be the best time to go

        The best time to take a trip to the Sahara Desert is during its cooler months, typically from November to February. During this time, temperatures are more manageable, ranging from pleasantly warm during the day to cooler at night. It's also when the desert is at its most stunning, with the dunes showcasing beautiful hues during sunrise and sunset. Traveling during these months is more comfortable but it's essential to be prepared for temperature fluctuations, as desert climates can still be extreme, especially during the night, when it can get very cold.

        Is Ramadan a good time to go to Morocco

        A trip to Morocco during Ramadan can be a unique and culturally enriching experience, but whether it's the best time to go depends on your preferences and priorities. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, marked by fasting from dawn until sunset, increased prayer, and reflection. So whilst its a good opportunity to witness traditional customs and participate in special festivities, such as the lively iftar meals and vibrant night markets, it will also mean adjusted opening hours for businesses and attractions, as well as being generally quieter during the day. If you're interested in immersing yourself in Moroccan culture and experiencing Ramadan traditions firsthand, it can be a great time to visit. However, if you prefer to have a more bustling and lively time or if you have specific activities in mind that may be affected by the Ramadan schedule, then it might be worth planning your trip outside of this month. Ultimately, it'll be down to your interests and what kind of experience you're seeking.

        What is the rainiest month in Morocco?

        The rainiest months varies in Morocco will vary depending on where you visit but generally the wettest months tend to be from November to March. If you visit Morocco during this period, you're more likely to experience rain, especially in the coastal areas and the northern parts of the country.

        The Rif Mountains and the coastal areas around cities like Tangier and Rabat are likely to be particularly rainy during December and January but in places like the Sahara Desert or the inland cities such as Marrakech and Fes, rain is less common, and the rainy season is typically milder.

        Remember, weather patterns in Morocco can vary from year to year, so it's always a good idea to check the forecast closer to your travel dates for the most accurate information. If you're planning a trip to Morocco and want to avoid the rain, it's generally best to aim for the spring or autumn months when the weather tends to be drier and more pleasant for exploring.

        Best time to take a trip to climb Toubkal in Morocco

        The best time to climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco is typically during the late spring and early autumn months, from April to May and September to October. During these times, the weather is generally mild, with clear skies and lower chances of rain. The temperatures are comfortable for hiking, and the views are spectacular. Its worth trying to avoid climbing Toubkal during the summer months as it can get extremely hot at the lower altitudes though it does get a lot cooler as you climb but it makes the ascent more challenging and potentially dangerous. Winter climbs are also possible for experienced mountaineers, but they require specialised equipment and skills due to snow and ice conditions. Always check the weather forecast and consult with local guides before planning your climb.

        Travel tips for taking a trip to Morocco

        • Respecting the Culture is very important in Morocco as it has deeply ingrained culture and traditions. When visiting mosques or religious sites, make sure to dress modestly and remove your shoes before entering. It's also polite to ask before taking photos of locals, especially women. 

        • Haggling is a common practice in Moroccan markets (souks). Don't be afraid to negotiate the price when shopping for souvenirs, but remember to do it with a smile and a friendly attitude. It's all part of the experience!

        • Moroccan food is absolutely mouthwatering. From tagines to sweet pastries like baklava and msemen, you'll find a culinary adventure around every corner. Don't miss out on trying street food like couscous, kebabs, and freshly squeezed orange juice from the local vendors.

        • Staying hydrated during your trip to Morocco is very important especially if you're visiting during the hotter months so carry a refillable water bottle with you and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Moroccan mint tea is also a refreshing option and a cultural staple. Treat your water with chlorine tablets or buy bottled water from the shops as tap water may not always be clean.

        • Morocco can be chaotic and overwhelming, especially in the big cities. Embrace the hustle and bustle, but also remember to take breaks and relax. Find a quiet riad (traditional Moroccan house) or garden to unwind and recharge before diving back into the excitement.

        • Be aware of scams as like in any tourist destination, Morocco has its share of scams. Be cautious of overly friendly locals offering unsolicited assistance or trying to guide you to specific shops or restaurants. Trust your instincts and politely decline if something doesn't feel right.

        • Learn Some Basic Arabic Phrases as while many Moroccans speak French or English, knowing a few basic Arabic phrases like "hello" (salam alaikum) and "thank you" (shukran) can go a long way in making connections and showing respect for the local culture.

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        Is Morocco a safe country to visit?

        Morocco is generally considered a safe country to visit for tourists. Like any destination, it's essential to take standard safety precautions, such as being aware of your surroundings, safeguarding your belongings and avoiding risky areas, especially at night.

        In terms of crime, petty theft like pickpocketing can occur in crowded tourist areas of Marrakesh, so it's wise to keep an eye on your belongings and use secure bags. Additionally, be wary of scams, particularly involving unofficial tour guides or overcharging in markets.

        Morocco is also known for its vibrant street life and bustling markets, which can be exciting to explore. Just remember to negotiate prices when shopping and be mindful of your personal space.

        When it comes to health and hygiene, it's essential to drink bottled water, especially if you're not used to the local tap water. Also, consider bringing any necessary medications or insect repellent, particularly if you plan to explore the more rural areas.

        As with any travel, stay informed about the current situation in Morocco and following any travel advisories from your government.

        Why visit Morocco? Conclusion

        As you can see the best time to take a trip to Morocco will very much depend on your budget and what  you want to do while you are there but as you can see its definitely a country worth a visit and whatever month you choose to go you will have an original and an amazing experience! And if you fancy buying a fantastic t shirt to remind you of a wonderful trip then visit our website good trip clothing!

        Have an amazing time!