November means cool weather and shorter days in Morocco, with occasional rain showers.
In the Atlas Mountains, the daily temperature average in November is 62°F, with highs in the low seventies — ideal weather for hiking. Conditions are also pleasant for outdoor activities (though not swimming or sunbathing) on the Atlantic coast, with temperatures in the sixties in Essaouira.
In Fes, temperatures are in the sixties, though it can get much chillier at night. It's a fairly rainy period, with precipitation expected about nine days out of the month. Marrakech sees a few rainy days in November, too, with a daily average temperature of 63°. Be aware that flash floods can be a problem in some regions of Morocco, especially when storms occur unexpectedly.
Crowds & Costs
Prices begin dropping in Morocco in November, as fewer tourists are in town. This is good news for travelers: not only can you explore popular destinations without major crowds, but you'll likely pay less for hotel rooms. If you're traveling around Morocco by train, you can be flexible and change your plans as you go, as booking far in advance isn't generally necessary.
Where to Go
The Sahara Desert beckons travelers in November: the air is cool, but most days are sunny and pleasant, ideal for camel rides, treks, and camping out (just as long as you pack warm clothing, as temperatures drop after sunset). It's also a wonderful season for hiking or trekking in the Rif and Atlas Mountains, or head to any of Morocco's imperial cities for sightseeing—you won't run into huge crowds of tourists in November.
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What to Do
Plan a trekking or hiking adventure in the Atlas Mountains, or head to the Sahara Desert for a sunset camel ride, an ATV tour of the dunes, and camping out under the stars.
If you'd rather stay closer to the cities, you're in luck: though Fes tends to see more rain than usual in November, the weather and minimal tourist presence in the city means you can take your time instead of battling crowds at major points of interest. Marrakech, which is almost too hot to visit for several months of the year, is also comfortable and inviting to visit in November.
No matter where you are in the country, November is also the time to join in the festivities of a major national holiday: Moroccan Independence Day. See below for more information.
Moroccan Independence Day — Morocco celebrates independence from French rule every year on November 18th. Expect colorful festivals, parades, and parties all over the country, and especially in larger cities.
International Film Festival of Marrakech — Starting at the end of November and typically extending through the first week of December, this popular film festival brings filmmakers and actors from all over the world (and all over Morocco) to Marrakech.
Traveling to Morocco in November? Check out these great itineraries.
A Taste of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech — On this fast-paced weeklong trip plan, you'll see all four of Morocco's imperial cities, travel along old caravan routes in the desert, hike in the High Atlas Mountains, and spend a night camping out on sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.
Moroccan Highlights: Fes, the Sahara Desert, & Marrakech — This 6-day itinerary starts in Fes. From there, you'll head south for a hiking adventure in the Middle Atlas Mountains, pass through the Sahara Desert, and finish up with a trek in the High Atlas Mountains before taking in the sights and sounds of colorful Marrakech.