Best Time To Visit Morocco

The best time to visit Morocco is in autumn and spring. However, as the country has a diverse geographical landscape, each season has its beauty. In April, May, and September to November, the weather is pleasantly warm across the high grounds of the Atlas Mountains. These are also ideal months for Morocco tours in the south. Southern cities such as Marrakech and Essaouira are warm and sunny, and temperatures become tolerable to visit the Sahara Desert

Summer months are hot, especially inland and in the Sahara. However, it might be the perfect season for spending time on the Atlantic coast. The beaches are cooler than the inland from June to August, offering the best experience for vacationers. To avoid the heat, visiting the historic sites in the morning is advisable. 

In winter, daytime temperatures are moderate, which makes it enjoyable to explore Morocco’s exotic cities. If you visit Morocco in January and February, you might expect to see rainfall on the Atlantic coast. Also, winter might be the ideal season for trips to Morocco if you wish to enjoy a quiet vacation.

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Travelling in Morocco in January and February

Daytime temperatures are moderate in Morocco through the winter, but nights can get very cold, especially in the desert and at the high altitudes in the Atlas Mountains. Rainfall is common on the Atlantic Coast, and snow is dominant in the northern cities and the mountains.

If you plan to stay in the desert or camping in the mountains, packing for the cold is recommended. Winter is a great time to visit Morocco for a quiet stay and for experiencing the authentic lives of locals.

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Merzouga, the Sahara

Travelling in Morocco in March

March opens the season for hiking in the Atlas Mountains, as the blooming countryside offers the best views. The weather in Morocco is mild but unpredictable in March, so it is best to pack for all weather conditions and check the weather in advance. The ocean temperatures are also lower compared to the summer months.

Dades Valley
Dades Valley

Travelling in Morocco in April and May

Temperatures begin to rise in April and May across the country, but the weather is still comfortable enough for sightseeing. These months offer the best weather for activities in the Atlas Mountains, in the desert, and on the Atlantic Coast. Temperatures are moderate at this time of year, although occasional showers can be expected.

If you visit the Sahara during these months, keep in mind that desert storms occur around mid-April. April and May is the best time to visit Morocco to avoid the crowds, too.

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Hassan II Mosque

Travelling in Morocco in June

Around June, daily temperatures begin to go up, but visiting the desert is still ideal before July brings the scorching heat. Coastal cities such as Rabat and Essaouira benefit from the ocean breeze throughout summer.

The most popular destinations in Morocco do not get crowded until the European summer holiday begins, so you can enjoy some quiet time in June.

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Ait Ben Haddou

Travelling in Morocco in July and August

July and August are the hottest months in Morocco, with the daytime temperatures reaching 100°F in southern cities, such as Marrakech. The Atlantic Coast offers pleasant weather in these months, and the high altitudes of the Atlas Mountains can provide shelter from the heat. Visiting the historic sites and exploring the city is comfortable in the early morning and after sunset. 

The Sahara desert is not ideal for visiting during these months. The difference between day and night temperatures reaches a dramatic level. Yet, Summer is one of the most crowded times in Morocco, and festivals take place across the country.

Marrakech at Night

Travelling in Morocco in September

Desert trips in the Sahara become comfortable again as temperatures cool down in September. Visiting the beaches and the landmarks are also pleasant during this time after the crowds leave the country.

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Zagora Desert Camp

Travelling in Morocco in October

Similar to the spring season, October offers the best time to visit Morocco. The weather is warm and sunny without excessive heat, and the clear blue sky offers fascinating views. It is also one of the busiest times, so booking early is recommended.

Staying in the Sahara Desert is comfortable, and it is a great time to enjoy the authentic activities in the cities. 

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Leather Tannery in Fes

Travelling in Morocco in November & December

November is the last month before hiking in the higher regions of the Atlas becomes demanding due to snowfall. However, it is a great month to discover what the majestic cities of Morocco have to offer.

Ocean breeze gets strong on the coast, so temperatures are slightly lower than inland in these months. Packing for colder weather is advisable if you are visiting Morocco in November-December.

Blue Gate
Blue Gate, Fes

Morocco Climate & Weather Guide

Marrakech 18°C 19°C 22°C 23°C 27°C 31°C 36°C 36°C 32°C 27°C 22°C 18°C
Essaouira 17°C 18°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 23°C 26°C 26°C 23°C 22°C 20°C 18°C
Ouarzazate 16°C 18°C 21°C 24°C 31°C 35°C 39°C 39°C 34°C 27°C 20°C 16°C
Casablanca 17°C 18°C 19°C 20°C 22°C 25°C 27°C 30°C 26°C 24°C 21°C 18°C
Agadir 19°C 20°C 21°C 21°C 22°C 26°C 28°C 29°C 29°C 24°C 22°C 19°C
Rabat 16°C 17°C 19°C 20°C 22°C 26°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 24°C 21°C 17°C
Fes 16°C 17°C 18°C 21°C 25°C 29°C 34°C 34°C 31°C 25°C 20°C 17°C
Marrakech 66°F 68°F 73°F 78°F 84°F 90°F 99°F 100°F 91°F 85°F 74°F 69°F
Essaouira 66°F 67°F 69°F 71°F 75°F 78°F 82°F 84°F 80°F 78°F 72°F 68°F
Ouarzazate 60°F 63°F 68°F 77°F 83°F 91°F 98°F 95°F 87°F 78°F 67°F 61°F
Casablanca 65°F 65°F 68°F 71°F 76°F 78°F 82°F 84°F 81°F 79°F 71°F 68°F
Agadir 70°F 72°F 74°F 77°F 81°F 85°F 92°F 94°F 86°F 83°F 77°F 73°F
Rabat 63°F 63°F 66°F 70°F 75°F 78°F 82°F 84°F 80°F 78°F 70°F 66°F
Fes 56°F 58°F 63°F 69°F 77°F 85°F 94°F 94°F 84°F 76°F 64°F 60°F
Marrakech 33 mm 37 mm 46 mm 29 mm 23 mm 4 mm 4 mm 13 mm 24 mm 19 mm 32 mm 21 mm
Essaouira 31 mm 42 mm 33 mm 14 mm 18 mm 3 mm 1 mm 5 mm 10 mm 25 mm 41 mm 31 mm
Ouarzazate 6 mm 16 mm 13 mm 3 mm 9 mm 6 mm 4 mm 11 mm 16 mm 13 mm 4 mm 5 mm
Casablanca 90 mm 71 mm 77 mm 49 mm 33 mm 9 mm 4 mm 13 mm 18 mm 53 mm 131 mm 65 mm
Agadir 35 mm 63 mm 52 mm 22 mm 25 mm 5 mm 3 mm 23 mm 23 mm 46 mm 72 mm 44 mm
Rabat 62 mm 48 mm 48 mm 35 mm 24 mm 9 mm 4 mm 10 mm 24 mm 46 mm 76 mm 42 mm
Fes 74 mm 77 mm 101 mm 94 mm 67 mm 38 mm 15 mm 40 mm 43 mm 60 mm 90 mm 51 mm
Marrakech 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Essaouira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ouarzazate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Casablanca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Agadir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rabat 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fes 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marrakech  8 km/h  9 km/h  10 km/h  10 km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h  10 km/h  9 km/h  9 km/h  8 km/h  8 km/h
Essaouira  18 km/h  20 km/h 21  km/h  21 km/h  23 km/h  25 km/h  28 km/h  25 km/h  20 km/h  17 km/h  19 km/h  17 km/h
Ouarzazate  8 km/h  9 km/h 11  km/h  13 km/h  13 km/h  12 km/h  12 km/h  10 km/h  10 km/h  8 km/h  8 km/h  6 km/h
Casablanca  10 km/h  11 km/h 11 km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h  10 km/h  9 km/h  10 km/h  11 km/h  10 km/h
Agadir  9 km/h  10 km/h 11  km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h  10 km/h  10 km/h  10 km/h  8 km/h  9 km/h  9 km/h  8 km/h
Rabat  1 km/h 12  km/h 13  km/h  12 km/h  12 km/h  11 km/h  10 km/h  9 km/h  10 km/h  10 km/h  11 km/h  11 km/h
Fes  8 km/h  8 km/h 9 km/h  8 km/h  8 km/h  8 km/h  8 km/h  7 km/h  7 km/h  7 km/h  8 km/h  7 km/h

When to visit Morocco

Visit the Atlas Mountains in Autumn 

Although the Atlas Mountains are available all year, longer hikes are uncomfortable due to excessive heat in the summer. Still, it is an ideal season for short early morning treks. September and October are the best times for trekking and hiking, as high temperatures in the valleys leave their place to the mountain breeze. For camping and longer trips in the mountains, packing for cold nights would be ideal.

Visit the Sahara Desert in April and May

Early winter is one of the best times to visit the Sahara, as the daytime temperatures are moderate, but the nights can get extremely cold. Also, through February to mid-April, the desert sandstorms are dominant in the region. April to May is the ideal time to visit the Sahara when you can stay in Desert Camp, take camel treks, and jeep safari with our Adventure Morocco tour.

Ramadan, the holy month celebrated in Islam, mostly takes place in the spring or the start of June. Trips to Morocco during this month offer a fascinating insight into the Islamic culture, but there might be restrictions in the opening hours of many shops and restaurants.

Visit the Moroccan Cities in October

October is the perfect month for Morocco tours. You can avoid the cold winter nights and the continental heat. It also offers the ideal weather for visiting the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara, the Atlantic Coast, and especially the cities. The colorful Moroccan cities like Fes celebrate the harvest season with numerous festivals in fall, the most spectacular one being the Erfoud Date Festival. Our Exotic Morocco tour offers insight into the authentic cities of Casablanca and Marrakech, which can be visited from April to November. 

Visit the Atlantic Coast in Summer

Summer months are the best time to visit Morocco and enjoy the hotels, resorts, and sun-kissed beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Since it is the holiday season in most of the northern hemisphere, most Morocco tours take place in the summer. The coast is likely to be crowded, making it a perfect time for those who are looking for a lively atmosphere.  

One of the most popular coastal cities is Essaouira, offering relatively cooler temperatures, excellent seafood, and a memorable cultural feast. As for the surfing hotspots, spring and summer are still ideal seasons to catch waves. But those looking for bigger ones should visit surf destinations like Agadir in winter

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