Best time to visit Morocco
Morocco is famous for its welcoming climate, though some people prefer to describe it as a cold country with a hot sun. Due to the country’s geographic location between Europe, Asia, and Africa, you can visit this country any month a year and still enjoy a good weather. But there are some more factors that make people decide on what season to come. These are various festivals, events, holidays and traditional celebrations.
Seasons and Weather
While the location of Morocco and its weather patterns allow choosing the ideal period to take a tour, the recommended month are from October to May. Still, let us see the main characteristics of each season to make sure that the month you pick for your tour is the best for you.
Note that the country is divided into five main regions: the Rif Mountains, the Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, and the Sahara desert. Each of these has a strong influence on the climate of the country.
The hottest season of the year is from June to August. The Sahara Desert at this season turns into real fierce heat, while you still can enjoy the weather in Casablanca and Essaouira, the cities situated along the Atlantic coast. Summer months will be pleasantly hot here and will require you to wear some loose breathable clothing to protect you both from sun rays and heat. To enjoy hot, long, sunny summer days, the Medditarriean climate can offer you, you can come to the North coast of the country as well. Still, note that summer period is pretty hard for all those who are not comfortable with hot weather. When it comes to such cities as Marrakech, the weather is very hot here until the end of September. Furthermore, if you come to Morocco to explore the desert, you better avoid summer period as the temperatures here are really high. But do not get frustrated and note that in the desert temperatures can drop by 20°C, so make sure you have a good sleeping bag for your camping,
With the beginning of fall months, starts the best season to visit Morocco. The temperature is soft and delicate, so you are able to enjoy the best views of the country having no worries about increasing or decreasing temperatures.
Autumn is good for surfing lovers. October is famous for its breaks of up to three meters high from the side of Atlantic Ocean.
The best advantage of the fall season is the lack of tourists. You can enjoy your stay at Morocco without getting annoyed by the crowds of visitors.
Winter in Morocco can surprise you with mild daytime temperatures. Still, do not forget to take your jacket if you are planning to spend an evening outdoors. Winters in the North side of Morocco are wet and cloudy, while the South is quite soft. The Atlantic coast sees plenty of rainy days in winter.
If you are planning a trip to mountains, note that it can be extremely cold from November to February. Sometimes, the snow-capped peaks remain until late July, so if your main goal is to climb mountains, you better come in a summer period. When it comes to exploring the desert, you have to keep in mind that there are dessert storms that start in February and last until April.
Any trip adviser will tell you that the best season to visit Morocco is spring. From March to May, you can enjoy fresh and alive landscapes Morocco can offer you. This is the period of the country’s flourishing. Also, it is the best time for mountain hiking. When it comes to dessert exploring, you will have to wait till May as there are dessert storms from February to April. In general, the temperatures in spring are very pleasant and the season opens the ability to enjoy all the advantages of Morocco.
Festivals and Events
When we plan our vacations, we can choose a period to come depending on events held in the country we are interested. When it comes to Morocco, this predominantly Muslim country observes Islamic holidays, as well as some world-known festivals. The 2017 calendar is the following:
Some people prefer to think that Ramadan is not the best month to travel to Morocco, though it is not really so. If you are a Muslim, you will have to follow the traditions carefully. But if you are just a tourist, you are not obliged to fast or restrain from alcohol drinks. Of course, you will have to respect the traditions and avoid eating smoking and drinking in public places. Still, as a tourist, you can enjoy your vacation as you will enjoy it any other month of a year. This year Ramadan will start on May 27 and will continue for 30 days, until June 25.
International Nomad’s Festival (M’hamid) will be held as usual as an artistic open-air event, from March 17 to March 19.
Migration of the Berbers in May allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and join the migration with the Berbers through Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.
Spring period is good for tourists because of annual Rose Festival held in the first/second week of May. The Valley of the Roses, also known as El-Kelaa M’Gouna, is a heavenly pink town famous for its sea of pink Persian rose landscapes. It is a three-day festival during which Queen Rose is elected.
From June 29 to July 2, tourists can enjoy the Gnaoua and World Music Festival to listen to jazz, pop, rock and contemporary world music.
If you missed the Migration of Barbers in spring, autumn season gives you a chance to attend it in September. Also, tourists who come to Morocco in the second half of September can enjoy TANJazz Festival held from September 21 to September 24.
If you love shooting stars or just enjoy watching a night sky and the Moon, you can watch Geminids Meteor Shower between December 4 and December 16 in Morocco, Sahara Desert.