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When to Visit Morocco

Weather in Morocco is finest during spring time, between the months of March and May, and in autumn, between September and November. During these periods, the weather is not too hot, making it excellent for outdoor sightseeing and explorations.

When we say that spring and autumn are good times to visit Morocco, we are in the same breath saying that it is probably not a very good idea to visit the country from May to August, which is the country’s summer period.

Summertime in Morocco is no joke. It is generally characterized by excruciating heat. The summer heat in cities near the Sahara desert peaks from June to August, and traveling to these destinations is inadvisable during these months.

On the other hand, climate in areas near the Atlantic Ocean, such as Rabat, Tangier, and Essaouira, is relatively milder and more tolerable – but still not much so – during this period.

Nonetheless, brave tourists still go to Morocco in the summer because this is the most popular time to surf in the Moroccan beaches. It is also the time when a number of not-to-miss cultural festivals occur. Some of these are the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music and the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which both take place in June.

During the winter season, between November and February, the temperature is generally mild during the daytime, but it can plummet to 10 °C (50 °F) at night. The northern region of the country usually experiences rainfall during this period, but the southern part generally stays dry and nippy.

Winter in Northern Morocco might send out a dusting of snow; at the High Atlas Mountains, you’ll see enough white stuff for a fun skiing excursion.