If you’re wondering when is the best time to visit Morocco, the answer depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. If you want to see the main attractions, such as Marrakech and Fes, the best times to visit are between April and June (spring) and September to November (autumn), when the climate is temperate and the number of tourists is lower, but you’ll miss out on attending distinctive cultural festivals during the summer.
The country is most beautiful in the spring (mid-March to May), when the landscape is lush and green, making for spectacular mountain hiking. Morocco is also beautiful in the autumn (September to October), when temperatures are mild.
These are tips and information about Morocco’s weather, festivals, and activities to help you plan your trip.
Most days in Morocco are hot and sunny, and during the summer months, the heat reaches its peak and becomes unbearably hot at times, particularly in Marrakesh and Fes, as well as in the southwest of the country towards the desert.
However, the hottest months are ideal for visiting coastal cities such as Essaouira, Agadir, and Rabat, where the weather is more comfortable due to the cold and the Atlantic breeze. Winters in the mountains are bitterly cold, which can be difficult because many hotels do not have heating.
Because of Morocco’s varied geography, the best time to visit depends heavily on your destination. In general, spring is the most pleasant season in Morocco. Midsummer should be avoided in the Saharan region and, to a lesser extent, in the plains cities.
Summer days in the desert are warm and clear, but temperatures at night can drop dramatically.
The best time to visit the Sahara Desert is during the summer.
If you are arranging a trip to the Sahara desert, it is best to go in the fall or early spring, because you do not want to travel from your country to escape the heat to find it there, and be aware that sandstorms from the south can occur during the months of March and April.
Moroccan beaches are best in the summer, when temperatures are cooler than inland but still warm enough to swim and relax in the Atlantic. And, because summer is peak tourist season, you should book as soon as possible, especially if you plan to visit Essaouira or Agadir.
The best time for a beautiful and quiet trip is in the months of April and May because it enjoys the mountain climate, which is characterized by very cold winters that often go below zero degrees (November to March) and a cool but sunny summer with a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, so you can visit throughout the year and enjoy it to the fullest.
The best time to attend Moroccan festivals between June and July, Morocco hosts a number of major cultural festivals, including the Fes Festival for ancient world music, the Gnaoua Music Festival in Essaouira, and the well-known Mawazine Festival.
Morocco’s weather in December is generally cold, especially at night, and snow may fall in the High Atlas Mountains and Rif Mountains in the country’s north.
Morocco in November is cool during the day and cool at night.
Morocco in January is cold, especially at night, with temperatures as low as 0 degrees Celsius in places such as Ifrane and the Atlas Mountains.
Finally, due to its geographical location, Morocco has varied weather, with snow on the High and Middle Atlas Mountains and moderate weather in the inner cities, while the weather is sunny in the desert, making Morocco a wonderful tourist destination all year.
It will become clear to you which time of year is best based on the locations you intend to visit.