You can have a wonderful trip to Morocco no matter what time of year you choose to visit the country. Between desert, coastline and mountains, Morocco has a lot to offer and surprise you all year round. Thus, the best time to travel to Morocco depends on what you want to experience in your trip.
From a climatic point of view, the seasons with the most pleasant weather in Morocco are spring and autumn. In Morocco, the spring lasts from March to May and the autumn begins in September and ends in November. During these months, the weather is warm and dry and is favorable for all type of activities. Still, the climate varies from the north to the south of the country.
From our experience, the favorite time of most of the tourists to travel to Morocco is from Mid-April to Mid-June. Also, many people love to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the deep desert, enjoying the last weeks of amazing weather before the heavier rains start in January. If you decide to travel during these high seasons, we recommend to book your tour (if you choose a private tour) or accommodation (if you plan your trip by yourself) in advance with at least 3 months.
Read below how is Morocco during winter, spring, summer and autumn and choose your best time to travel 🙂
The winters in Morocco are fairly cold and it is the period with the highest rainfall. The average temperatures in winter are 70 º F (21º C). The rains fall mostly in the coastal area, while the inland areas have a drier and warmer weather. However, the temperatures drop sharply in the Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert during the night. In the desert, the average daily temperatures for the cold months are around 57 º F (14º C).
The temperatures in the Atlas Mountain fall below 32 º F (0º C) and the peaks are tipped with snow in winter. Therefore, you will find a lot of ski resorts in the High Atlas Mountain region. If you are passionate about skiing or snowboarding, winter is the best time to travel to Morocco for you.
Also, winter is a great time for visiting the emblematic cities of Morocco such as Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, Fes, Chefchaouen and Meknes. You will avoid the unbearable heat and crowds that these cities are struggling with during the summer and high seasons. In addition, here you can enjoy the shopping in one of the biggest souks (traditional markets) of Morocco.
Why to travel in winter:
- cheapest season
- avoid crowds
- cooler weather perfect for city tours
- ski experiences in the High Atlas Mountain
- Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve in the deep desert- unique experience
In spring, the nature revive and Morocco is blooming. March can still catch you in the rain (mostly in the coastal area) but April brings warmer and drier weather. The average temperature in the months of spring is 78 º F (26º C). As we mentioned before, April and May are the best months to travel to Morocco thanks to the pleasant weather which advantage all type of experiences.
Yet, spring is not the season for beach because the ocean is still cold. However, is the perfect time to enjoy the desert, with bearable warm during the days and slightly cool nights. If you choose to stay in a desert camp, it is possible to sleep in the deep desert under the starts without being cold.
Also, spring is a great time to visit the traditional villages on the south of Morocco and its imperial cities, since the weather is extremely hot in summer. If you love hiking, the months of spring are amazing for wandering the breathtaking Atlas Mountain.
Why to travel in spring:
- best weather of the year (especially for desert trips)
- best time for any type of activities
- avoid excessive heat
- full landscapes of blooming flowers and trees
- popular festivals (Roses Festival of El Kelaa M’Gouna, World Sacred Music Festival, Gnaoua World Music Festival and many others)
Summer is the hottest time in Morocco. The temperature increases drastically, generally in July and August. So, the daily average temperature in the months of summer is 82 º F (28º C). However, the weather on the coastal area is much bearable than in the inland areas of Morocco.
For instance, in the coastal cities, like Casablanca or Essaouira, the average temperature may vary between 64-82 °F (18- 28°C). On the other hand, in Marrakech the temperature may be above 97 º F (36º C) and in Fes it can reach 113 º F (45º C).
So, summer in Morocco is the best time to travel for seaside vacations. The weather on the coastal area is very pleasurable and the ocean water temperature is perfect. The Atlas Mountain are great to visit all year round including summer. In Sahara desert the summer is extremely hot and dry. Still, June is a great month to visit the desert. However, in summer you can find more bearable weather in the amazing oasis of Western Sahara.
Why to travel in summer:
- perfect time for seaside vacations
- great time for hikes in Atlas Mountain
- June is perfect for desert trips
- trips to coastline cities (Casablanca, Essaouira, Rabat, Tanger and Agadir)
After a very hot summer, autumn in Morocco is an amazing season for visiting the country. The weather starts to cool, being pretty similar to that of the months of spring. The average temperature is 75 º F (24º C). If you want to plan your trip in autumn, September and October are the best time to travel to Morocco.
In the Velvet Season is very nice to visit the coast because the ocean water is still warm. October has the perfect weather for all type of activities especially for desert trips. It is still possible to sleep in the deep desert under the stars.
Autumn is the season when you can fully enjoy the Morocco’s natural treasure. Thus, the hiking trails in Atlas Mountain become very popular among the tourists. Remember that autumn is a high season for tourism as well, so, reservations in advance would be recommended.
Why to travel in autumn:
- perfect weather for all type of activities (especially desert trips)
- still can enjoy the beach (in the Velvet Season)
- popular for hiking trails
- impressive natural landscapes
We hope that this information will help you to choose your best time to travel to Morocco based on your preferences and travel propose. If you would like to book a private tour to Morocco, you can have a look to our Morocco Tours.