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The city of Essaouira

When is the best time to visit Morocco?

The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid-March to May) or autumn (September to October). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer.

The coastal regions can be visited year-round. In the winter they are pleasantly mild, while in the summer they bask in temperatures hovering around the mid-20Cs.

The High Atlas Mountains can also be visited all year round, although it does get cold in winter. The summer may still be a bit hot to embark on any long-distance hikes, but if the heat doesn’t bother you then conditions are fine any time between April and October. Outside these months, there is snow on the peaks, which makes hiking more dangerous, but creates some spectacular panoramas.

The Islamic festival of Ramadan will affect transport in Morocco. The dates vary each year, so it’s worth checking what they are while planning your trip.

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My favourite time to visit Morocco is October because it's the perfect temperature to be able to explore the cities comfortably, as well as hike in the mountains. October is also date season in the desert region, which is when Skoura, Erfoud and the surrounding valleys are at their most lush and vibrant.

Kerry-Ann, Italy, Egypt, Israel & Morocco Specialist

Morocco Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Atlas Mountains 10°C 68mm 12°C 65mm 14°C 80mm 17°C 75mm 21°C 42mm 25°C 18mm 30°C 5mm 30°C 6mm 25°C 24mm 19°C 50mm 14°C 75mm 10°C 77mm
Casablanca 18°C 64mm 19°C 53mm 20°C 48mm 21°C 36mm 23°C 17mm 25°C 4mm 27°C 1mm 28°C 2mm 27°C 6mm 25°C 33mm 21°C 65mm 19°C 81mm
Chefchaouen 14°C 162mm 14°C 155mm 17°C 165mm 19°C 71mm 22°C 41mm 27°C 10mm 32°C 1mm 32°C 3mm 28°C 16mm 22°C 58mm 19°C 112mm 15°C 146mm
The Erg Chebbi 18°C 2mm 20°C 2mm 24°C 4mm 29°C 3mm 33°C 4mm 38°C 3mm 43°C 4mm 42°C 5mm 34°C 9mm 29°C 11mm 22°C 10mm 18°C 5mm
Essaouira 17°C 44mm 18°C 40mm 19°C 35mm 19°C 28mm 20°C 9mm 21°C 2mm 22°C 0mm 22°C 1mm 23°C 5mm 22°C 26mm 21°C 42mm 19°C 53mm
Fez 16°C 61mm 18°C 72mm 20°C 75mm 23°C 65mm 26°C 37mm 32°C 15mm 36°C 1mm 36°C 2mm 32°C 12mm 26°C 47mm 21°C 70mm 16°C 80mm
Marrakesh 18°C 28mm 20°C 34mm 23°C 32mm 26°C 31mm 29°C 19mm 33°C 4mm 38°C 1mm 38°C 2mm 33°C 7mm 28°C 22mm 22°C 34mm 19°C 29mm
Rabat 17°C 77mm 19°C 67mm 20°C 61mm 22°C 55mm 24°C 21mm 26°C 5mm 28°C 0mm 28°C 1mm 27°C 7mm 25°C 43mm 21°C 80mm 19°C 106mm
Tangier 16°C 108mm 17°C 104mm 18°C 107mm 20°C 54mm 23°C 34mm 26°C 11mm 29°C 0mm 29°C 3mm 28°C 17mm 24°C 65mm 20°C 120mm 17°C 146mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Morocco

Men working in the various stages of the tanneries of Fez

Visiting Morocco in November - December

The latter months of the year are a great window to explore the imperial cities of Morocco. The sunny but cooler days provide a comfortable climate to discover the colourful sights and sounds of Marrakesh and Fez. Other regional centres, such as the coastal town of Essaouira and the High Atlas Mountains, are not to be missed either, but coastal winds and potential snow in the mountains will naturally bring colder weather; particularly in the evenings. One thing to bear in mind when considering travelling during the winter months is that not all riads - particularly not those in the north of the country - have adequate heating, so it's advisable to bring warm layers of clothing.

Events & Festivals

  • The International Film Festival (December): Held annually in Marrakesh to promote and celebrate all forms of cinema, the festival was established in 2001 by King Mohammed VI. Read more »

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