The Best Time to Visit Morocco

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A diverse country with something for all kinds of travelers, there is no bad time to visit Morocco. Still, generally, the best time to visit is during April and May or September to November, the country's shoulder seasons. During these months, the climate is neither too hot nor too cold, and there are fewer tourists to contend with than there would be during the peak summer or winter vacation periods. However, those hoping to trek the Atlas Mountains or surf the waves on the Atlantic coast may find that other times of the year better suit their needs. 

When to Visit Morocco
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The Weather in Morocco

For many visitors, Morocco's weather is the single largest factor in determining the best time to travel. Morocco follows the same basic seasonal pattern as any other Northern Hemisphere country, with winter lasting from December to February and summer lasting from June to August.

During the peak summer months, the weather can get uncomfortably hot, especially in Marrakesh, Fez, and southwest Morocco (remember that the further south you go, the closer you are to the Sahara Desert). Coastal destinations like Tangier, Rabat, and Essaouira are a more comfortable choice at this time of year because they benefit from the cool ocean breeze. Despite the heat, many people choose to visit Morocco at this time because it coincides with the European summer vacation. 

Winters are generally mild, although temperatures at night can fall dramatically, with record lows of 30 degrees Fahrenheit recorded in Marrakesh. A dusting of snow is not unusual in northern Morocco, and​, of course, the Atlas Mountains are prone to heavy snowfall in winter. You can even ski at Oukaïmeden, located about 50 miles south of Marrakesh. Winters in the north of the country and along the coast can be pretty wet, while winters in the south are drier but colder, especially at night.

A guide leads trek through the Atlas Mountains.

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The Best Time to Trek the Atlas Mountains

Although it's possible to trek the Atlas Mountains year-round, spring (April to May) and fall (September to October) generally offer the best weather. Although summers in the Atlas Mountains are typically mild and sunny, temperatures in the mountain valleys often exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit, while afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon. In winter, nighttime temperatures can plunge to 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, while snow precautions, including crampons and ice axes, are required above 9,800 feet. Weather in the Atlas Mountains can be unpredictable at any time of year, and conditions depend heavily on what elevation you're planning to trek to. 

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The Best Time to Visit the Coast

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Morocco's beaches is during the summer, when average temperatures of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit offer plenty of opportunities for catching rays and an escape from the intense heat of the country's interior. Sea temperatures are also at their warmest during this time of year, with the average water temperature for July recorded at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, summer is also peak tourist season, so book well in advance, especially if you plan on visiting hotspots like Essaouira or Agadir. If you prefer fewer crowds and lower prices, consider a trip in spring or fall instead. 

Those attracted to the Atlantic coast by its reputation as one of Africa's top surf destinations should ignore the advice above and travel to top spots like Taghazout and Agadir during the winter months. The swell is consistently good at this time of year, and surf breaks are operating at their best. With an average December sea temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit at Taghazout, a thin wetsuit is usually enough to keep out the cold even in the depths of winter. 

Shadows from camels crossing the sahara desert
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The Best Time to Visit the Sahara Desert

If you're planning a trip to the Sahara Desert, the most comfortable time to do so is during fall or early spring. In this way, you'll be able to avoid the bone-dry landscapes and scorching temperatures of summer (which average around 115 degrees Fahrenheit) and the freezing nighttime temperatures of winter. At any time of the year, temperatures tend to plummet after dark, so it's best to bring a warm jacket regardless of when you plan to visit. Although spring is generally a good time to visit the desert, it's important to remember that April, in particular, can bring with it the sandstorms of the Sirocco wind. 

Morocco's Festivals & Events

Morocco is home to a whole host of exciting annual festivals, some of which are well worth planning your trip around. Some, like the Kelaa M'Gouna Rose Festival and the Erfoud Date Festival, are connected to the harvest and take place in the same month every year (with these particular festivals taking place in April and October, respectively). Others, like the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival and the Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival, are summer extravaganzas that rely on good weather to hold performances and events outside. Islamic festivals like Ramadan and Eid al-Adha also take place at specific times of the year and offer a fascinating insight into Moroccan culture. 


Spring weather in Morocco is warm and dry. Snow is gone from all but the mountain's highest peaks, and while ocean temperatures are cooler, it's nothing that a wetsuit won't fix. Crowds are lighter in the spring, too.

Events to check out:

  • Fez hosts the Gnaoua Music festivals in May or June, combining modern music with historical traditions.
  • Ramadan typically takes place in the spring or early summer.


Moroccan summers can be quite hot, especially the further inland you go. With school holidays, summer is a popular time for families, so hotels and resorts (especially those with pools) will book up fast.


Fall is a great time to visit Morocco's cities as well as the coast. With cooler, dry temperatures, it's also an ideal time for those interested in great hiking weather.

Events to check out:

  • Eid al–Adha is held in September, spanning three days. Muslims commemorate the honor of Abraham throughout the country by sacrificing animals.


Visiting Moroccan cities in the winter can be quite pleasant, as temperatures usually aren't too cold and crowds are minimal. There will be snowfall at higher elevations and temperatures drop in the desert at night.

Events to check out:

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Where is Morocco located?

    Morocco is a country in northern Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

  • When is the best time to visit Morocco?

    There is no bad time to visit Morocco. That said, the best time to visit is during April and May or September and November, when crowds are low and air and lodging rates are inexpensive.

  • When is the rainy season in Morocco?

    The rainy season in Morocco is typically October through April. However, most of Morocco is situated north of the Western Sahara Desert, making this season only mildly wet.

  • What airlines fly directly into Morocco?

    International tourist travel to Morocco is serviced by a full range of carriers, including, but not limited to, Air France, Emirates, Delta, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa, KLM, TAP Portugal, and Aeroflot.

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