Morocco travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Morocco travel guide

Why visit Morocco?

Morocco is a melting pot of Arabian, Berber and African cultures. It’s a country of colourful bazaars and ancient medinas; steamy hammams and shisha smoke; arid deserts and lush mountain valleys. It’s situated on the northern edge of Africa, just a short ferry ride across the Straits of Gibraltar to Europe, and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and Northern Africa countries. Over the centuries, it has attracted many ancient races, including the Phoenicians, Romans and Byzantines, before the first Arabian dynasty was established in the lands of the original Berber inhabitants. After later being colonised by France and Spain, Morocco finally achieved independence in 1956.

Today, its 36 million hospitable people live in the magnificent imperial cities of Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh, and Rabat, in Casablanca or in hundreds of rural villages, (some fortified, others set in an oasis), and there are still a few nomadic tribes. It is a mainly agricultural society with farmers working the land in the traditional way.

Morocco is also a country of exceptional geographical diversity with fertile green valleys and plains separated from the Sahara Desert by the magnificent Atlas Mountains – a photographer’s paradise.

The market souks proudly display pyramids of spices and fresh produce, ingredients of the varied and healthy Moroccan cuisine. In the souks of the old medina, some of which have barely changed since medieval times, enjoy sharpening up your bargaining skills to seek out some beautiful souvenirs.


Weather and climate in Morocco

When is the best time to visit Morocco?

Morocco in the summer (Jun to August) is hot. Really hot. Unless you're in the High Atlas Mountains visiting a Berber community, with trees to provide shade and waterfalls to keep you cool, the heat keeps most people indoors until the early evening. If you're planning on seeing it all – the cities, the mountains, the hammams – then go in March, April, May, September or October. You'll still get the warm temperatures, but you won't see the sandstone swimming before your eyes every time you need to cross the road.

Weather in Morocco

Like the UK, Morocco's seasons are clearly defined. Summers (Jun – Aug) are scorching in the south, where the Sahara Desert begins its southwards journey into Algeria. Spring (Mar – May) is cooler in the evenings and crisper during the day and a great time for sightseeing, particularly if hiking is your thing – although dust storms are at their most common between Feb and April. September and October offer a more mellow option, great if you're looking for a dose of sunshine that allows some gentle sightseeing during the day. The rainy season is from November to January.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Morocco.

 

 Marrakesh

 Casablanca

 January

 6/19°C

 9/17°C

 February

 8/20°C

 10/18°C

 March

 10/23°C

 19/11°C

 April

 12/25°C

 12/20°C

 May

 15/29°C

 15/22°C

 June

 17/33°C

 18/24°C

 July

 20/37°C

 20/26°C

 August

 21/37°C

 20/26°C

 September

 19/33°C

 19/26°C

 October

 15/28°C

 16/24°C

 November

 11/23°C

 12/21°C

 December

 7/20°C

 10/19°C

 


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