What is the best time to visit Morocco? Here is an overview from our destination experts on when to travel to the country and what to pack for your tour.
Moroccan weather can be unpredictable from October through February and can vary from one year to the next; some winters are moderate and others are wet and cold. Although you may encounter rain, the odds of this are greatest between November and February.
Summer temperatures are high from June to early September. Most of the desert camps in the South are closed during the summer, as the heat can be unbearable. Although Marrakech is usually the first stop for culture vultures, Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, and Rabat, the capital, use their coastal positions and beaches, which are much cooler, to draw in huge numbers every year.
In general, the north and northwest have more of a Mediterranean climate. Central or inland Morocco is usually always warm and arid with temperatures often reaching into the high 30° Celsius/90° Fahrenheit. This climate feeds into the west Saharan coast in the southwest with temperatures falling into the mid to late 20° Celsius/70-80° Fahrenheit all year round.
Generally, the months April, May, October and early November are the best time to visit Morocco for a more comfortable, temperate climate – one that may be easier for you to maneuver around from day to day.
It is during this period that tourists can take part in many of the country’s biggest celebrations. The Marathon Des Sables, the world’s toughest foot race, takes places in April in the Sahara Desert for example.
When is comes to dressing, remember that Morocco is still a predominantly Islamic country even if it has a more relaxed atmosphere than some of its neighbors. This means that as a foreigner you are not expected to adopt the local dress but doing so tends to show more respect. Think about where you are and where you are travelling to before dressing. If it is a central city like Casablanca or Marrakesh, western clothing is perfectly fine as long as it is smart but of course if you journey into the desert or up into the highlands or a faraway rural village, you may need to reconsider your choice of apparel.
For hiking or any extended periods of walking, you will need a good solid pair of boots. In higher regions, you will need layers or thermals and a (rain) jacket, especially in the winter months.
For the roasting summer months consider loose-fitting clothes made of cotton or linen, rather than synthetic fibers, as these are the most breathable. And of course, one last thing; don’t forget the sunscreen.
The perfect time to visit Morocco really depends on what you wish to see and do. Our destination experts are happy to further advise on when to go and what essentials to carry for your trip. Contact us for your obligation-free and tailor-made private Morocco tour itinerary.
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