To have the best experience when visiting Morocco, particularly for first-timers, plan a trip in the spring or fall, with May and September being the most optimal months. The weather is consistently pleasant, not too cold in the mountains nor too hot in the deserts, and the crowds along the coasts and in the cities are more manageable. Stick to the mountains and the beaches during the heat of the summer months and the Sahara and cities in the winter.

When is the best time to visit Morocco?

Spring and fall are the most popular seasons for a Morocco adventure, with kimkim travelers choosing May and September as their prime vacation time. The weather is at its best countrywide, where the nights in the Sahara won't be as chilly as in the winter nor sweltering hot in the summer, and the beaches remain inviting, though best visited in September. 

Meanwhile, touring the cities during these months is relatively enjoyable with the more agreeable weather; it's less sweltering inland in places like Fes and Marrakesh during the day. You may also find discount prices on tours and accommodation earlier in spring and later in fall (barring the holidays). That said, Morocco is a destination worth visiting at any time of year, as long as you take into account the varied climate and weather of the country's different regions—from the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts to the dunes of the Sahara and the mountainous interior—and plan your trip accordingly. 

Seasonal Planning for Morocco Travel

Seasons Pros Cons Best for Where to Visit

Spring (Mar-Apr)

best for food, nature, and/or culture lovers

Festival season; pleasant weather nationwide; blossoming flowers

Crowds (esp. around Easter), prices are at a premium; oceans are cold (more inviting toward the end of May)

Cities, outdoors; Sahara, hiking, cultural activities (joining local practices/ traditions around Ramadan)

Valley of the Roses, the stretch between Marrakesh and Ouarzazate (for the almond blossoms), cities, desert

Summer (Jun-Aug)

best for active travelers who don't mind the heat

Less crowded; pleasant weather along the coast and in the mountains; somewhat less costly

Locals flock to the coast and cities, creating noise and crowds (schools are out); it's hot nearly everywhere, especially in Marrakech

Kite surfing; hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cultural activities in the mountains and off the beaten track

The Rif and Atlas  mountains, Chefchaouen, Atlantic: Essaouira and Dakhla for kitesurfing

Fall (Sep-Nov)

best for first-time visitors

Sunny and pleasant weather across the country, suits most activities 

High season for foreign tourists; an uptick in prices 

Cities, outdoors, Sahara, hiking in the Atlas mountains, visiting the coast, swimming

Imperial cities, Todra Gorge, Dadès Valley, Toubkal National Park, Imlil for hiking, Erg Chebbi, Erg Chigaga

Winter (Dec-Feb)

best for adventurous travelers

Offseason deals and discounts (excluding Christmas and New Year); fewer tourists; most hotels have heating 

Nights are cold; expect rain, especially in the north and along the coasts

Cities, hiking in the south, cultural activities, skiing in the mountains, warming in a hammam

Southern areas, Aït Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Merzouga, Todra Gorge (for hiking) 

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Spring in Morocco (March to May)

Visit bustling cities like Marrakesh in the spring and wander its many souks

Though cooler than the fall, spring is an equally excellent time to book a trip to Morocco, with May—the gateway to summer—being the optimal month. Perfect for travelers who love to spend time out of doors, the day's heat is still reasonable in most places, and nature is in full bloom. Overall, spring temperatures are pleasant, the skies are clear and sunny, and the landscapes are bright and green; March marks the beginning of the season, with budding trees and flowers. By April, the days are warmer and longer (evenings are still cool), though there's the chance of sandstorms in the Sahara due to strong winds.

Temperatures in April reach a high of 75°F (24°C) in many places, while the coastline is a bit cooler—though you'll find the Atlantic coast warmer than the Mediterranean the farther south you venture. In Marrakesh, the weather sits around 75°F (24°C) during the day and drops to lows of 54°F (12°C) at night. Such pleasant weather draws like-minded tourists, so you'll want to book your accommodation in advance to ensure you get your first pick of accommodation. 

Morocco's natural beauty is impossible to ignore, and neither should the food scene. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available, and many regions highlight their produce. And if Ramadan falls in the spring, prepare Iftar with a local family and indulge in delicious dishes; restaurants, too, remain open for tourists who can eat and drink freely, even if locals are fasting. Consider this 13-day spring-themed itinerary that leads you from Tangier and Chefchaouen in the north to imperial cities Fes and Marrakesh. You'll explore the sweetly scented Kelâat M'Gouna's Rose Festival and check out the almond blossoms that add color to desert scapes like Aït Benhaddou and Boumalne Dades.

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Morocco in March
Morocco in April
Morocco in May

Summer in Morocco (June to August)

A vibrant look at a typical blue building in Chefchaouen, complete with tangerine trees in the summer

Morocco is sweltering in the summer, with July being the hottest month. You can expect daily and nightly averages of 83°F (29°C) and 70°F (21°C) in Marrakesh, with highs reaching upward of 100°F (38°C) by midafternoon. If you can stand the heat, visiting major cities in the country's interior shouldn't be off-limits, but you'll want to add visits to the coast and/or excursions in the Atlas or Rif mountains to your itinerary. The Sahara in Morocco's east will be extremely hot, so it's best experienced early morning or evening when the sun has set. Though don't be fooled by the day's extreme heat, as nights can be significantly cooler. 

During the summer season, locals flock to the coasts, particularly along the calmer (and warmer) Mediterranean. In contrast, the slow-to-warm Atlantic offers major waves drawing the active to its shores for a variety of watersports, namely kitesurfing. Check out this nine-day itinerary that takes you from the cool gardens of Marrakesh into the High Atlas mountains and Agafay Desert to the coastal kitesurfing haven of Essaouira. Or, see more of Morocco's cities on this 12-day trip plan, dividing your time between Tangier, Chefchaouen, the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh, and Essaouira.

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Morocco in June
Morocco in July
Morocco in August

Fall in Morocco (September to November)

The fall is a great time to camp out under the stars in Erg Chebbi, outside Merzouga

Fall is one of the ideal seasons to explore Morocco (next to spring), particularly for first-time visitors and those looking to cover the highlights. The weather, though hotter than the spring months, is less oppressive than in summer, with mild low temperatures of 58°F (15°C) and maximum daytime highs around 84°F (29°C) in Marrakesh. And as there's also very little rainfall to contend with, packing shorts and T-shirts is best, with layers for the cooler evenings, especially sweaters and a light jacket for the desert and mountains. 

If you find yourself in the Atlas mountains, you can expect even cooler temperatures helping along the changing foliage. While on the coasts, you may notice the heat of the sun is in direct competition with the chill of the ocean breeze. However, this should not deter you from experiencing the coast as they're less crowded now (locals have returned home), though, by November, the ocean might be best experienced by those donning a wet suit. 

Fellow travelers looking to take advantage of the fair weather, head to the cities and go on Sahara-related adventures, so it's wise to book accommodations and tours well in advance. See this classic 10-day itinerary that offers cities like Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fes, and Marrakesh and desert excursions beyond the Atlas mountains to camp under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent outside of Merzouga.

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Morocco in September
Morocco in October
Morocco in November

Winter in Morocco (December to February)

Explore southern Morocco in the winter and visit Taroudant

Contrary to what some might think, Morocco has a winter season. It gets cold enough in the Atlas mountains for snow, where you can even book yourself a ski holiday (best in January). Elsewhere, it is bright and sunny, though cool (compared to other times of the year). Marrakesh, for example, has average lows of 43°F (6°C) and highs of 66°F (19°C). Adding to the pleasant weather, there's minimal rainfall, with about 2 inches (51 mm) or less of expected rain over 7-11 days a month, most of which falls in the north, leaving southern Morocco a little drier. Referred to as the "cold country with the hot sun," be mindful temps drop once that sun sets.

Yet compared to much of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, Morocco's weather in winter is downright balmy, especially in February as the mercury begins to rise. Pack a raincoat just in case, and take to the medinas of Morocco's cities—great for exploring now that there are fewer crowds and prices are at their lowest, with February being the cheapest month for travel. If seeking to explore the Sahara, nights are cold (like elsewhere), but most camps have heating, so you'll be able to experience the country in relative comfort. 

Read Winter Adventure in Southern Morocco for an exciting 10-day itinerary that takes you from Marrakesh to the coast and loops through Taroudant and into the lesser-visited (but no less impressive) Erg Chigaga dunes.

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Morocco in December
Morocco in January
Morocco in February