To avoid both the intense heat of summer and the chill of winter, the best time to visit Morocco is in the spring and autumn. It varies from place to place, but between April and May the sun is generally shining and temperatures range from 15°C to 35°C.
July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures capable of rising to the mid-40°Cs. This is not the ideal time for sightseeing or desert travel, but as it coincides with school holidays it is a good option for families. Coastal areas like Tangier and Essaouira are popular in the summer, and hotels tend to get booked up quickly.
Like the spring, September and October enjoy pleasantly warm weather and clear skies. This is the perfect time for exploring the desert and enjoying the beaches which will be emptier following the summer rush. The High Atlas Mountains are also rewarding during this period. Cooler days can be expected in November and December, which is the ideal weather for sightseeing in Marrakesh and Fez.
Mountain hiking conditions are generally good between April and October, although the summer heat can make long treks more challenging. Hiking outside of these months is more dangerous due to the snow, however the winter scenery is stunning.
Another factor to consider is the Islamic religious calendar and its associated festivals. The month of Ramadan, for example, can have an impact on your daily routine but it can also be an exciting time to visit with the breaking of fast in the evening. Speak to our Morocco specialists to learn more.