Extreme inland, but cooler and more pleasant closer to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Temperatures in Marrakech average 21 degrees in the winter and 38 degrees in the summer. The Atlas Mountains have snow nearly all year round, and temperatures sometimes fall below -17 degrees. During the winter, the north is wet and rainy, but the south is dry and very cold as it approaches the Moroccan Sahara.
When to fly to Morocco
Morocco enjoys warm temperatures year-round (July and August are the hottest months) with some rain between November and March, but the weather varies according to where you visit. Temperatures are high in the south and in the desert area. In the mountainous regions of the country, it is cooler.
In February the almond tree blossom festival takes place in Tafraoute.
In April and May, the south, mountains, and Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts enjoy perfect weather.
May has a number of public holidays including Eid El-Mawlid, a privilege holiday for the Queen's Birthday and the late May bank holiday.
Away from the coast the summer months of July and August may be unbearably hot for many travellers.
Getting around Morocco
Royal Air Maroc offers domestic Morocco flights from Casablanca. There is a limited train network in Morocco, but fares are reasonable. Shared taxis - carrying up to six passengers - are very popular and are a cheap way to get around the country. The bus system is regular and cheap with a good network. Ferries operate from Algeciras to Tangier and from Sete in France to Tangier. There are also services between Gibraltar and Tangier.
Morocco insider information
- Marrakech, the “red city”, sits against the High Atlas Mountains. The heartbeat of the city is Djemaa el-Fna, the famous square, which attracts the colourful street performers such as the snake charmers, musicians, acrobats and storytellers. The busy souks (markets) are worth a visit too.
- Fez el-Bali (Old Fez) medina dates from the 8th century. It has all the charm one would expect from one of the biggest living medieval cities in the world: a maze of souks; the Place an-Nejjarine with its Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts; Qaraouyine University, founded in 859; and the tanners’ quarter with its giant vats of dye and accompanying smell (some would say “stench”) of curing skins. Fez el Djedid is new Fez, established in the 13th century, and home to the Royal Palace, the Mellah, the Jewish quarter, and more souks. Ville Nouvelle, built by the French, is the youngest part of the city. It has wide boulevards and tree-lined avenues.
- The Atlantic Coast of Morocco takes in the towns of Essaouira, very popular with wind surfers as well as sun worshippers, and Agadir, where the kasbah offers fantastic views over the town.
- “Play it again Sam” Casablanca, the fabled port city boasts the Hassan II Mosque, built in the 1980s by King Hassan II. It is the world’s second-largest religious building after Mecca. Other noted features are its minaret (the world’s tallest) and the fact that it was built on reclaimed land on a promontory looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean; the water can be seen through a glass floor. It cost up to $800 million to build.
- Rabat, the capital, overlooks the Atlantic. Tourist must-sees include the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower and Andalusian gardens, popular with the women of Rabat. Nearby, see the Necropolis of Chellah, the medieval ruins.