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The best time to visit Morocco

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Morocco, a land of enchanting deserts, stunning mountains, bustling markets, and rich cultural heritage, beckons travelers from around the world. The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your Moroccan adventure. 

Spring (March to May) 

Spring is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant times to visit Morocco. As winter fades away, the country blooms with an explosion of colors and rejuvenated landscapes. Temperatures begin to rise, and the weather becomes increasingly comfortable for exploration. The High Atlas Mountains offer stunningly beautiful views with snow-capped peaks providing a picturesque backdrop. In the spring, temperatures range from 60°F to 75°F, making it a delightful time for leisurely strolls. Majorelle Garden in Marrakech showcases an abundance of vibrant flowers and lush greenery, creating a pleasant atmosphere for outdoor activities. The valleys surrounding Ouarzazate come alive with blossoms, ideal for scenic hikes and immersing in the scenic beauty. 

Ait Benhaddou UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ouarzazate, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou is a historic ksar and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ouarzazate, boasting striking earthen clay architecture.

Summer (June to August) 

Summer in Morocco can be quite hot, particularly in inland areas and desert regions. Coastal cities like Essaouira and Agadir offer some relief with cooler sea breezes, making them popular beach destinations during this season. However, if you can tolerate the heat, summer still has its charm. Early mornings and late evenings offer more bearable temperatures for camel treks and desert excursions in the Sahara. In the summer, temperatures range from 80°F to 100°F and even higher in the desert regions. The coastal towns are perfect for enjoying beautiful beaches and indulging in water sports such as surfing and kiteboarding. Additionally, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, a cultural extravaganza that draws artists from around the globe. 

Fall (September to November) 

Fall is another great time to visit Morocco. As the heat subsides, the country enjoys a milder climate, making it comfortable for exploration without the crowds of peak summer. In the autumn, temperatures range from 65°F to 80°F, creating an ideal environment for outdoor activities. The Marrakech International Film Festival attracts movie enthusiasts and celebrities, adding an artistic touch to your visit during this time. And the date harvest season in Erfoud and surrounding oases provides an opportunity to taste fresh and delicious dates. Fall is also the ideal time to go trekking in the Atlas Mountains. 

Winter (December to February) 

Medina in the blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen – the beautiful Blue City of Morocco

Moroccan winters vary depending on the region. Coastal areas remain relatively mild, while the mountains and desert can get quite cold. Winter is an ideal time to explore the country's cultural sites and experience the local life at a slower pace. In the winter, temperatures range from 45°F to 65°F along the coast, but it can get colder in the mountains and desert regions. Wander through the charming alleys of Chefchaouen, the Blue City, surrounded by the Rif Mountains, or immerse yourself in the festivities of Ramadan and witness the vibrant celebrations of Eid al-Fitr. For ski enthusiasts, the High Atlas Mountains offer thrilling opportunities at Oukaimeden ski resort. 

Now that you know when to go, it’s time to decide where to go! Check out some sample Morocco itineraries here. Then speak to a Destination Expert about curating the bespoke tour of your dreams. 

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