The magical melting point of Morocco is a feast for the senses. Meader through medinas, seize spices at colourful souks and camel trek through the Sahara Desert. Morocco’s rich culture, diverse landscapes and culinary delights make it one of the most sort after destinations in the world.
We’ve got the lowdown on the best time to visit for prime sunbathing opportunities, desert dune adventures and everything in between. Read on to find out more…
When is the best month to visit Morocco?
January is Morocco’s winter but it’s nothing like the cold we experience in the U.K. Expect highs of 19°C (which is still relatively mild in our books). These temperatures are ideal for exploring Morocco’s popular cities, like Marrakech, Fez and Casablanca without the crowds. Nights can be chilly, so make sure you pack a cosy cardi to keep you warm. Need another reason to visit in January? The Atlas Mountains are dusted with snow, creating a picture-postcard landscape.
Like January, February is one of the cooler months, where temperatures hover at 21°C. With the Almond Blossom Festival in full swing, you’ll begin to see the blooming almond trees decorate Morocco’s stunning landscapes. February is also a great time to plan a visit to the Sahara Desert, with warm daytime temps and cooler evenings – perfect for stargazing or exploring the desert dunes by camel or quadbikes.
Come March, Spring has sprung in Morocco. The weather becomes progressively warmer, with highs of 23°C – perfect for embarking on all your favourite outdoor activities. See the Atlas Mountains in all their splendour, covered with colourful flowers or indulge in the seasonal spring foods at the sensational souks, like sweet dates. March is also a popular time for hot air balloon rides and for visiting some of Morocco’s impressive UNESCO listed sites.
April is when it starts to feel like summer. Prepare yourself for warm weather throughout the country, with climbing temps of 26°C. If you’re planning on visiting during this time, you might want to consider booking a holiday at one of Morocco’s lush coastal cities like Essaouira or Agadir, which offer a relaxed seaside atmosphere, with uber-long golden sands that are ideal for unwinding in the sun.
May is one of the best times to visit Morocco, with daytime temperatures of 31°C. So, whether you want to visit the brilliant, blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen or discover the bustling Jemmaa el-Fna square, May is a fantastic time for exploring some of Morocco’s most loved sites. May is also a fab time for uncovering Morocco’s fun-filled festivals, dance performances and art exhibitions too.
June marks the beginning of summer in Morocco but there’s still less crowds compared to the busier months of July and August. If you’re visiting towards the end of June, you can experience the entertaining Eid al-Fitr celebrations after the end of Ramadan. With the evenings being milder, you can also make the most of late-night strolls to some of Morocco’s magnificent mountain landscapes.
The summer month of July brings blazing heat of 40°C, which is best enjoyed on the beach. Saidia beach is one of the prettiest and offers a lively atmosphere with the buzz of tourists and locals out enjoying the sun. But if the heat gets too much, you can always cool off under Ouzoud Falls or try your hand a new water sport in the coastal town of Larache. If you’re keen to conquer some culture, conquer Morocco’s art scene at International Cultural Festival in the charming town of Asilah.
The sizzling heat continues into August with highs of 40°C – while the desert dunes are scorching, the Atlas Mountains bring cooler temps. Soak up the sun on the golden beaches of Casablanca and Agadir or meander the medina at Fez, where you can lose yourself in its vibrant bazaars. For the ultimate Arabian nights experience, go star gazing in the desert from your luxurious tipi tent.
Seize the sun in September. Morocco is still surprisingly hot during this month, reaching highs of 34°C. You get the best of both worlds if you visit during this time – be it relaxing on the golden beaches of Agadir or seeking shade at Morocco’s most loved museums. Yves Saint Laurent Museum is a favourite and houses an impressive collection of the designers most fashionable works.
Come October, the warmth of summer is still in the air, with highs of 30°C around much of the country. Sun worshippers will be drawn to the coastal areas of Tangier and Essaouira, which beckon you with their beautiful beaches. There are many festivals to check out during this period too, like The Erfoud Date Festival and Taragalte music festival, which offer you a chance to immerse yourself in Morocco’s rich culture.
November is when temperatures start to get slightly cooler in Morocco, although still pleasant, with highs of 23°C. This is one of the best times to visit some of Morocco’s iconic landmarks like Koutoubia Mosque and Majorelle Garden (minus the crowds). The souks are quieter too and the clear weather is ideal for a hot air balloon ride over the amazing Atlas Mountains and dreamy desert dunes.
Winter has arrived in Morocco by December, although it’s still a very warm by our standards at 21°C. Perhaps you fancy escaping for some winter sun or are keen to swap your Christmas dinner for a moreish feast? Morocco brings the magic at Christmas. So what are you waiting for? Relax in your heavenly hammam and treat yourself to a Christmas you’ll remember for years to come.
The Best Months to visit Morocco
Generally, the best months to visit Morocco ate September – October and early spring between March – April. Temperatures during these times sit in the high 20’s and the heat is much more manageable for exploring Morocco’s legendary landmarks. The desert dunes are also best visited during this time, with the summer months being especially hot.
When is Ramadan in Morocco?
Ramadan in Morocco takes place from 10 March – April in 2024. Visiting during this time allows you to experience one of the most important religious events in the Muslim calendar. Pay your respects to the holy month at Hassan Il Mosque in Casablanca and take a moment to pause with a mint tea and reflect on the blessings in your life.
When is the Best time to visit Morocco for the cheapest prices?
If you’re looking to bag a bargain, the low season months of November and December are the cheapest. Although the temperatures are cooler, they’re not cold by any means. Expect highs of 21°C – perfect if you’re not a lover of the heat and are keen to immerse yourself in the magic of Morocco without the crowds.