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Best Time to Visit Morocco
Your weather guide to pick the best season for your tour.
Season: The weather in January and February is Morocco’s winter, while towards March it starts to get warmer as spring comes. Temperatures would be around the 50’s Fahrenheit, which can feel quite cold if you are wandering around shopping! However, there is still sun during the day. In March, flowers begin to bloom and the weather starts to warm up, making for an extra-beautiful time to come to Morocco!
Rainfall: January and February are part of Morocco’s rainy season. This usually means that there is rain for about a week each month, give or take a few days.
Keep in mind: There are certain booking requirements around New Years. Many places (especially in Marrakech) require a minimum night stay, or paying for a special New Year’s dinner.
Availability: Accommodations fill up around New Years! Also, keep in mind that March (especially towards the end) is a peak travel season because of the beautiful weather, so you might want to book well in advance for March.
Season: Spring in Morocco is usually considered the best time to visit. Temperatures are pleasantly warm and it is sunny. Spring is also a beautiful time for the landscape of Morocco as everything is bright and green. Flowers are blooming all around!
Rainfall: You won’t get too much rain with an average of about 2 inches or less each month.
Keep in mind: If you are traveling to the Sahara Desert, be aware that there may be sandstorms in April as the winds can be pretty strong. The month of Ramadan is also something to take into consideration, as in 2020, it will be from end of April to end of May.
Availability: April is a peak travel time! Make sure you book in advance to get preferred accommodations.
Season: These months are summer months, with Morocco at its hottest. June is the coolest, with July and August having the more extreme heat.
The temperature will depend on where you are at in the country: whether you are in the desert or by the coast. The Sahara will be extremely hot in these months, and you’ll only want to be out in the sand in the morning or cooler evening. Major cities in Morocco will also be quite hot for most people during these months as well. If you are planning to come in these months, you’ll want to be sure you include some coastal cities on your itinerary, so that you can cool down a little with the ocean breezes.
Season: Fall in Morocco is pretty mild, and you’ll enjoy the temperatures when you are there. You’ll experience lots of sunshine and cooler nights in this season. These months are great times to come to Morocco!
Rainfall: You won’t get much rain during these months.
Availability: The end of September and October are peak travel times! Be sure you book early in order to secure preferred accommodations.
Season: Yes, Morocco does have a winter season! In the mountains, it will get cold enough for there to be some snow. During this season, it can still be nice and sunny during the day, but the temperatures will be cooler, especially at night.
Rainfall: November and December can be rainy months, especially in the north of Morocco. There is an average of about 2 inches or less a month, with the most rain coming in November. In Southern Morocco, winter tends to be drier.
Keep in mind: If you are looking to hike in the mountains, then you might want to avoid these months, because rain and snow can make for unpleasant conditions.
Availability: Christmas season is definitely a high time for tourists coming to Morocco. Hotels may be more expensive and you’ll want to book in advance to make sure that there is room, especially if you are planning with a large group. Some places may require minimum night stays over the holiday season.
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Pack travel documents and any medication you take. We suggest packing comfortable outfits that are ideal for walking around and sightseeing. You will also want to bring one or two nicer outfits for dinners out or at the riad/hotel. Pack comfortable walking shoes and a swimming suit. Winter specific: Bring a good jacket, long underwear, layering clothes, a scarf and warms socks. Summer specific: Bring light clothing, sunglasses and sandals.
Read our full packing list on The Ultimate Morocco Packing List blog post for our more detailed itemized packing recommendations.
Quick Checklist For Women:
- Loose tunics
- Cardigan (light for summer, heavier for winter)
- Jeans (or any pants you are comfortable in longer than knee-length)
- A long skirt that you can dress up for dinners or wear to be cool
- Comfortable shoes
- A jacket
- Tank tops for layering or wearing underneath a cardigan
- Swimming Suit (not bikini)
- A light scarf (for desert, sun protection or modesty)
Quick Checklist For Men:
- Long pants or shorts, depending on weather
- Polos or button ups for dressier occasions
- Comfortable shoes
- Swimming trunks
The easiest way to get the local currency is to bring a bank card and withdraw cash as needed. You will be able to find Banks and ATMs in every major Moroccan city. Morocco is mainly a cash society. Hotels, larger restaurants, and some more touristy businesses in Morocco’s main tourist cities will accept major credit cards, but most smaller stores do not. We recommend that you keep a ready supply of cash, including small change for taxi fare and miscellaneous tipping on hand during your stay in Morocco. If you do pay by credit card, we recommend that you double check the receipt before signing, as working in an unfamiliar currency can allow you to be charged more than you expected, either intentionally or inadvertently.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions! Here is helpful information for vegans and vegetarians. We will do our best to serve you and will certainly communicate this to your driver and hotels. However, we also want you to be aware of a few things. We have no control over “traces” of nuts or any other allergens in containers, or bags, or kitchens. Morocco does not have the same food standards as the United States and other countries. If you have a member of your tour who has a serious condition, you may want to bring food with you based on the seriousness of the allergies. We also have no control over what insects you may come into contact with. If you are in any questionable circumstances, you will want to be extra careful.
There is a difference between tour guides and drivers in Morocco. Tour guides are licensed to give historical tours of Morocco and they can accompany clients into the major cities. Your driver will guide you throughout Morocco, but we will provide you with a professional tour guide in the major cities. Your driver will be your “eyes” into the culture of Morocco. He is also very knowledgeable about the sights and history of Morocco. If you would like, we can provide you with a professional tour guide for the entire tour, but this will have additional costs. All of the drivers that we work with are fluent in English, so that they are able to communicate well with you. Contact us if you need a driver to speak French or Spanish!
Coming to Morocco during Ramadan will affect your trip. There will be less options for restaurants during lunch, as most restaurants are closed during the day. Alcohol will not be served. Shops will open up later in the day, people sleep later after staying up to break the fast. While tourists are not expected to fast, we ask that you be respectful and be cautious about eating and drinking while walking around on the street. For more about how Ramadan affects your tour, read our post about travel to Morocco during Ramadan.
Moroccan electrical sockets/outlets follow the design of one of the two European standard electrical socket types (two, round prongs): the “Type C Europlug,” “Type E” and “Type F Schuko.” These types of sockets/outlets are also used in Germany, France, and Russia. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.
Electrical sockets/outlets in Morocco supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.
IMPORTANT: Travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. This being the case, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts. That doesn’t mean that your specific appliance isn’t already compatible with the higher voltage or that you won’t be able to use your appliance in Morocco…you will just need to make sure that your appliance will be able to facilitate 220-240 volts and that you have the appropriate adapter plug.