“As you wake up to sort of Morocco coming to life, and you drive a two hour journey through the desert as the sun is rising over the sand dunes... I saw landscapes and visual stuff that I'll never forget. It was special.” - Jim Sturgess
Just a few hours on the plane from the UK, Morocco welcomes many tourists to its cities, seaside resorts, and desert. Would you like to spend a long weekend in Rabat or Marrakech? In 2018, 11.3 million tourists visited the country with over half of them staying for less than 7 days. Morocco’s a great place to spend time, especially during the school holidays, but not every date of the year is a great time to visit. So when is the best time to visit Morocco? When should you visit each city? In this article, we’re going to have a look at a few answers to these questions.
When Should You Go to Morocco?
Whether you’re trekking or relaxing by the sea, Morocco has a lot to offer. With beautiful beaches, the Atlas mountains, and the desert, you won’t be left disappointed. Before we talk about the best time to visit Morocco, have you thought about where exactly you’re going? Are you travelling to the south looking for sun or planning a trip on a camel into the desert? Or better still, are you visiting Moroccan imperial cities? This should give you food for thought before your trip to Morocco. If lying about and relaxing is your goal, you’ll want to consider visiting the north of Morocco where the seasons are milder. Casablanca, Fez, or Rabat should be top of your list. The following activities are available:
- Walking around a Medina quarter.
- Trips to the outskirts, particularly the desert, to cities such as Meknes or Chefchaouen.
- Camel rides.
In the south of Morocco, there are plenty of beach towns and the perfect climate in summer. For example, Agadir is one of the most popular destinations in Morocco with 300 sunny days a year and very little rain! This means you can go at almost any time of the year. In Essaouira, you can:
- Go surfing
- Relax on the beach
- Or road trip to the Grand Sud
The good news is that there are no months where you can’t go to Morocco at all. Now that you have a better idea about where to go, let’s talk about the weather. Check out our guide to visiting Morocco.
Taking the Weather into Account in Morocco
Morocco has both a Mediterranean and Atlantic coast with different climates from one region to another and there are seven main areas in Morocco:
- The north Atlantic plains, home to Tangier and Tetuan.
- The plains from Doukkala to Sous, including Agadir.
- The internal plateaux, including Marrakesh.
- The Mediterranean coast and Oujda.
- The Middle and High Atlas and Ifran.
- The Anti-Atlas and the pre-Saharan valleys and Ouarzazate.
- The Sahara region and Dakhla.
Morocco has a diverse range of climates including oceanic, Mediterranean, mountain, continental, and desert climates. For example, Marrakech, one of Morocco’s most popular destinations for foreign tourists, has a varied continental climate:
- From December to March, maximum temperatures reach 15°C, making trips quite enjoyable.
- From June to September, the weather is warm and dry (exceeding 25°C), making certain activities unbearable.
- In April-May and October-November, the temperatures are milder and great for a visit.
Would you like to visit other Moroccan cities or the Sahara Desert? Here’s our advice for the best times for different activities in Morocco.
The Best Time of the Year to Visit Morocco
An understanding of the Moroccan cultural calendar is important for planning your stay. Again, your reasons for visiting Morocco will determine the best time to go and your destination. For example, if you’re just going away for the weekend, you’ll probably want to check out some of the bigger cities like Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, or Marrakech. Find out more about accommodation in Morocco. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy water sports in Essaouira, it’s probably better to avoid going between November and February, even if it’s just for a weekend. The coastal town of Essaouira is ideal during March and November whereas you probably want to go on a desert trek between November and March. Here’s some important information about the currency, the timezone, and safety advice for visiting Morocco. The local currency is the Dirham which you can use in hotel chains and souks.
As a reminder: 1 Dirham = £0.083.
If you’re going to the desert, don’t forget to bring extra ID to rent a car. You need to be at least 21 to rent. Morocco is on the same timezone as the UK for half of the year as they permanently observe daylight savings time. It’s very easy to find cheap flights to Morocco if you go during the low season. Check websites like Skyscanner for when the cheapest flights are. You can search for flights to Morocco from anywhere in the UK without specifying a date. There are low-cost airlines offering flights to Essaouira, Fez, Marrakech, and Agadir for as little as £30-£40 return. To travel around Morocco, you may have to go to a travel agency to help you organise everything. You don’t want to miss the best part of Morocco, the holidays! Find out more about the cost of visiting Morocco.
Unmissable Moroccan Holidays
Trips to Morocco will often need to follow the cultural calendar and both religious and secular holidays. You’ll need to be aware of what’s happening when you’re in Morocco to discover the best of the culture. If staying in a Berber bivouac in the desert doesn’t appeal to you, you can always look to attend the biggest holidays in the country such as Ramadan. Of all the events in Morocco, the biggest ones include:
- The International Book Fair in Casablanca in February
- The Raid 4L Trophy from February to March
- The Tetouan International Festival of Mediterranean Film in March
- Ouarzazate Marathon of Sands in March
- The International Nomads Festival in April
- Musical Spring Festival Essaouira in April
- Africa Day in May
- Tanjazz Festival in Tangier in September
- Procession of Candles in Sale in November
- Taliouine Saffron festival in November
With sports, culture, and music events, there’s something for everyone holidaying in Morocco. Each month, something's going on, which is great for meeting locals. Make sure you visit a hammam and try some mint tea while in Morocco. Get a typical castor oil massage. You also need to try the Moroccan cuisine during your stay: try some couscous in a Riad, an authentic and typical Moroccan experience. There’s no high season when it comes to food so make sure you try everything! While you can’t plan for everything during your stay in Morocco, it’s a good idea to plan the best time to go so you can get the most out of your stay. So when are you getting your flights? Morocco is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Would you like to discover it? Check out our tips for visiting Morocco. Before going to Morocco, you should consider learning some Arabic. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of talented Arabic tutors on Superprof. There are three main types of tutorials available: one-on-one tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each type of tutorials has its pros and cons so choose the right type and right tutor for you. One-on-one tutorials are a bespoke service offered to you by your tutor. During the lessons, you'll have their undivided attention, making these the most cost-effective tutorials available. However, they also tend to be the most costly per hour as you're paying for personalised tuition and all the tutor's time both inside and outside of your Arabic classes London. As long as you've got a webcam, mic, and decent internet connection, you can enjoy online tutorials. This is when your tutor teaches you remotely via a video call. Since the tutor has fewer overheads, this type of tutorial tends to be cheaper than one-on-one tutorials. Finally, online tutorials are when the tutor teaches a group of students. These may be students who already know one another or strangers. Either way, with several students footing the bill, these tutorials tend to be the cheapest option per student per hour of tuition. Many tutors on Superprof offer the first hour of tuition for free so consider trying a few different tutors before settling on the right one for you.
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