Best time to visit Morocco
Morocco is a diverse country that offers something unique to experience for all kinds of travelers at any time of the year, but what is the best time to visit Morocco?
Generally, the best time to visit Morocco would be during spring (March to May) and fall (September and October). The weather would be warm and pleasant these seasons, allowing you to visit the most famous cities of the country without worrying about the scorching heat of summer like in Marrakesh, or about snow like in Ifrane.
However, if you’re hoping to attend a festival, trek the Atlas Mountains or experience the holy Ramadan in a Muslim country, etc. then other times would be better depending on your preferences.
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Seasons and weather in Morocco
The seasonal pattern in Morocco is the same as any other country in the Northern Hemisphere, summer from June to August. Winter starts from December to February, spring from March to May, and Autumn from September to November. So let’s discover each season and see what it offers:
Spring: March to May
Spring is the best time of the year if you want to tackle the hiking trails, with green landscapes all across the country and pleasant temperatures between the high 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius) and low 80° Fahrenheit (26° Celsius), making it ideal conditions for exploration. Additionally, you’ll have an easy time finding deals on hotels and flights, and crowds are lighter in top destinations.
March offers the perfect conditions to plan a visit to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert but keep in mind that this region experience some powerful sandstorms during this time of the year.
Summer: June to August
Visiting coastal cities is a more comfortable choice during summer because they are influenced by the cool breeze coming from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, making it easy to escape the heat in places like Tangier, Essaouira, and Rabat. The further south you go, the hotter and drier the climate becomes, especially in cities like Marrakesh and Fez, they can get uncomfortably hot.
Despite that, many European tourists travel to Morocco at this time since it coincides with their summer vacation, and some of them choose Merzouga to take a sand bath in the Sahara.
Fall: September to November
Fall is another popular time to visit most parts of Morocco, especially popular places like Marrakech and Fez. The temperature gets cooler and dry after August, hovering around 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius) and longer daylight hours making it an excellent time for exploring all of Morocco’s natural wonders and for outdoor activities. However, in late October, rainy days begin to increase, but on the other hand, prices get lower due to the decrease in tourism.
Winter: December to February
Winter is Morocco’s wettest season, but it can be quite pleasant with a temperature usually not too cold, around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius). Snowfall will be present at higher elevations like the Rif Mountains, and the nights of the Sahara Desert will be very chilly. Despite that, many tourists tend to visit Morocco at this time, especially during Christmas and all the events organized at Marrakech, so don’t expect a drop in room rates.
Average monthly temperature, rainfall, and daylight hours in Morocco
This is a table that i made presenting the average monthly temperature for 10 different Moroccan cities during the day for the past 5 years, and the daylight hours during those months.
|Month||Avg. Temperature||Daylight Hours|
|January||68 °F | 20 °C||10 hours|
|February||66°F | 18.7 °C||11 hours|
|Mars||69°F | 20.3 °C||12 hours|
|April||76°F | 24.2 °C||13 hours|
|May||80°F | 26.6 °C||14 hours|
|June||88°F | 31 °C||14 hours|
|July||93°F | 33.8 °C||14 hours|
|August||92°F | 33.2 °C||13 hours|
|September||86°F | 29.9 °C||12 hours|
|October||82°F | 27.6 °C||11 hours|
|November||74°F | 23.5 °C||11 hours|
|December||70°F | 21.3 °C||10 hours|