The Best Time To Travel


The Best Time to Travel to Morocco

Morocco is often referred to as a cold country with a hot sun. Its summers are exceptionally hot and winters can be chill to the bone. Morocco’s ranges of climates greatly fluctuate due to the country’s geographic location between Europe, Asia, and Africa. Morocco’s unique weather patterns make it possible to find an ideal area to explore year round, however, recommended months to experience Morocco fall between October and May. Traveling during September and early October can be a little tricky because many shops and tourist sites close early or permanently to observe the month long holiday of Ramadan.

Spring (April and May) is perhaps the best overall time, with a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold. If you’re planning to hike in the mountains, it’s best to keep to the months from April to October unless you have some experience in snow conditions.

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Seasons and weather in Morocco take on a whole new meaning as the country is divided into two climatic zones by the High Atlas Mountains. To the north of the High Atlas, the western winds from the Atlantic contribute to the cooler temperatures of the north. Contrastingly, south of the High Atlas, the weather is influenced by the Sahara desert.

If you are not comfortable with very hot weather, it is advisable to avoid scheduling your trip during July through August because these are the hottest times of the year. Also, certain cities such as Marrakech may continue to be hot until the last weeks of September. If you decide to travel during July and August, it’s a wonderful time to head for the coast, while in the mountains there are no set rules.

In preparing for a trip, keep in mind that Morocco is separated into five regions: the Rif Mountains, the Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, and the Sahara desert.

The poetically red Rif Mountains, which are surrounded by plateaus, valleys, and costal plains, parallel the Mediterranean coast. Northern cities by such as Cueta, Tangier, Tetouan, Melilla, and Cala Iris enjoy Mediterranean conditions. The coastal cities by the Mediterranean are generally mild and pleasant all year long; even winter time is enjoyable at temperatures staying at 50 degrees. Autumn and spring time can be a little frustrating with rain spells falling for days at a time. Summers are usually picture perfect with temperatures averaging 77 degrees.

If your itinerary moves you down the coast of the Atlantic, passing cities such as Moulay Bousselham, Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira, expect to enjoy cool wet winters, and dry and moderately hot summers.

For travelers who adore hot climates, continue towards southern Morocco. Stop and rest in Fes or Meknes, two popular imperial cities between the Rif and Middle Atlas mountains. The temperatures here are said to vary more than any other part of Morocco.

Depending on what time you find yourself in the Middle Atlas, options for activities vary from skiing in the winter to finding a cooling refuge from the bitterly hot summer months. As with most mountain climates, winters in the Middle Atlas are extremely cold, easily falling below zero, springtime is wet, and summers are healing and cool.

On a trip to Morocco, Marrakech is a must. The culturally exciting and magical city is located in central Morocco, just two hours north of the High Atlas Mountains. Its closeness to the mountains and Sahara sand dunes make winters extremely cold and summers unbearable for the average traveler. Autumn and springtime are the chosen seasons to take advantage of the central region as temperatures fall in a blissful range of 68-75 degrees. .

Beyond central Morocco lie the High Atlas Mountains, running diagonally across Morocco from the Agadir’s Atlantic beaches to northern Algeria. Travelers come to the High Atlas to rock climb during the warm months of April to late June and ski between November to May. The rivers in this part of Morocco are seasonal, bubbling with water from the melted mountain snow but later turning into puddles during the summertime. Surprisingly, summer thunderstorms can cause floods, quickly raising the water level.

If winter at home is a dreary one, swap it with for a warm and relaxing winter in Southern Morocco. (Night time can fall below sub-freezing). Visiting the Anti-Atlas Mountains and traveling the Sahara desert is idyllic during the months of November to February. The south is isolated from the rest of Morocco and is arguably the most hospitable, breathtaking and culturally interesting of any region in the country.

Southern Morocco is divided into three areas: the Souss Valley, the Anti-Atlas, and the Western Sahara desert. Winters are popular times to visit any of the three regions, especially the desert, as the south is semi-tropical with a hot and humid climate; temperatures rise more than 100 degrees.

Ultimately, Morocco’s climate is like few others. In one day, it is possible to have a snowstorm in the mountains, warm weather by the Mediterranean coast, and a day of unbearable heat in the Sahara followed by sub-zero night temperatures.