Planning a trip to Morocco is crucial because it enables you when to visit, what to pack, places to see, and things to do. Here is what you need to know!
Best time to visit Morroco
The gateway to Africa, Morroco is a dazzling country with a plethora of geographical landscapes. The country has rigged mountains, lush greenery, deserts, deep oceans with beautiful beaches, and historical architecture with modernized city skylines. Morocco is the epitome of diverse sights to its citizens and visitors.
The best time to visit the country is between March and May because the spring season is the most pleasant. However, you can also visit Morocco between September and October during the autumn season.
The weather is warm but pleasant, not like the freezing temperatures and heavy snow of winter or the burning heat of the summer. Morocco has the power of enticement in any season. The country, wedged between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, has two climatic zones: hot, windy and blizzardy. But each season has its claim to be the best time to visit Morocco.
Why is Morocco Year-Round Tourist Destination?
In summer, the Atlantic breeze and the altitude of the High Atlas refresh you. In spring, the desert is cooler, and hikers can explore it full of plants. Winter is mild on the coast, and if you need an elixir to get you through the dark and gloomy months, this is the perfect time to go.
The country follows the same weather pattern as the other northern hemisphere countries. The winters last from early December to February, summers last from June to August, and the spring season continues from March to May.
Although the beauty of Morroco remains unchanged all year, the spring season is when the Morrocan land and sky shine the most. The temperature in the months between March to May is delightful, and therefore, it is the ideal time to visit morocco.
In spring, the sandstorms swirling around the Sahara are a sheer sight to the eyes, and the frequent rain showers at the north are a bliss to the soul. Moreover, the expenses for accommodation are pretty handy around this time of the year if you are planning to get away for a weekend with your loved ones.
Trekking and hiking at the Atlas Mountains
Hiking and trekking at Atlas peaks is an ideal spot for tourists. Looking over the four directions from the top of this mountain is truly a magnificent sight. However, The weather of Atlas mountains is highly unpredictable around all year.
The summertime can be sweaty and tiresome for the hikers, and the winters bring snow which drops the weather too low. The exceedingly harsh weather conditions require hikers and trekkers to use ice axes above 9,800 feet above sea level. Ideally, spring is the preferable time to climb these rock giants and experience the fun along the way to its fullest without any commotions.
The Saharan Coast and Atlantic coast
If you are a fan of beautiful beaches and coastal areas, the Saharan coast shall not miss your list. The shores are undeniably the most beautiful attraction for visitors during summers and early spring.
The temperature is ideal, ranging from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The beaches are crowded during summer, making it the peak time for tourism. So, make sure to get your hands on hotel accommodations earlier. Hotspots like Agadir or Essaouira are especially crowded with tourists around the globe.
If you do not enjoy big crowds, you may visit around spring with lower prices and fewer crowds. The most pleasant time to plan a trip to the Sahara is from autumn to early spring. It is advisable to bring a warm jacket as the temperature drops after dark. Spring is an excellent time to visit the desert, but be aware that Sirocco-style sandstorms can occur, especially in April.
Events and Festivals
There are many fun festivals held in Morocco every year. Some of them are worth planning a trip to coincide with these festivals. The Kela’a Mghouna Rose Festival and the Erfoud Date Festival are linked to the harvest and are held in the same month each year. These festivals are celebrated in April and October, respectively.
In addition, the Essaouira Gnaoua & World Music Festival and the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival are also summer festivals with performances and events held outdoors, weather permitting. Islamic festivals such as Ramadan and Eid al-Adha also take place at certain times of the year and offer a glimpse into Moroccan culture.
Morocco has something to offer to visitors in every season. No matter what time of the year you choose to go there, your stay will be worthwhile. But to make the most of your traveling experience, the best time of the year are summer and spring. Until next time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.