Best Time to Visit Morocco: A Guide for Foreign Tourists


Morocco is a cool town in terms of vacations; even seaside vacations. Geographically speaking, this kingdom lies in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Morocco features the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Mediterranean sea to the north. It’s indeed the northwesternmost country in Africa.

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The country, however, has attractions that pull people to it. Thus, travelling to Morocco alone isn’t enough, timing is crucial as well. This article will do the justice to fully elaborate on the appropriate times and seasons to even consider a vacation to Morocco. What to note and packs to go with will be addressed too.

Climate Conditions In Morocco

Considering the climate and weather conditions of Morocco, we have to look into the two coast tales of Morocco. Therefore, the country has the Mediterranean coast and the Atlantic coast.

The Coastal Areas

During your trip to Morocco, you will discover that the Mediterranean coast has weather naturally influenced by the Mediterranean sea. Hence, it has a mild winter and moderate rainfall pattern. Summer is hotter with a lot of sunny experiences. Heat in the region is contributed by the wind that blows from the desert.

The temperature range in Morocco is from 12 °Celsius  in January to 25 °Celsius in August. This means that the temperature is not stable in the country and the temperature rise begins gradually from January through August. Also, unlike other Mediterranean countries, the Mediterranean coast of Morocco occasionally manifests the influence of the Atlantic Ocean which makes the places on this coast colder at certain times.

If you stay on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, you will enjoy milder weather. Even the winter is warm and pleasant. You will experience a short rainfall pattern. This rainfall pattern could be serious and intense in some months so much that flooding could be the outcome.

Even the summer is cool and mild due to the influence of the cool sea current that flows from the west of northern Africa which keeps the ocean cool. This current also causes fogs and mists to be formed in summer mornings. In a verdict, the Southern region is colder than the Northern region. The beautiful temperature range falls between 12°celsius to 22°celsius from January to July, August, and September.

Still, on the Atlantic coast, some days have hot wind experiences. Some have scorching experiences. Sometimes, rainfall is scarce. Meanwhile, it’s good to know that the sunniest season is the springtime.

Other Areas In Morocco

Apart from the aforementioned coastal areas, there are other regions like the inferior and mountain areas. This section will narrate the climate conditions in these other areas.

In the inland or inferior region, there is a higher altitude. Hence, the influence of the current from the Atlantic Ocean is dashingly reduced. The Winter is mildly cold. The summer is nattily hot. Temperature range from 12.5°Celsius to 27°Celsius from January through August. Some places have the highs of 39°celsius.

In the mountainous areas, the same is the experience. The winter is cold with hot summer depending on the altitude.

Summer In Morocco

Summer spans from June to August. It is formed under the influence of the Azores anticyclone. During summer, Morocco is typically hot and dry. Cool ocean currents send cool air, fogs and mists. However, if you journey through the south coastal region, it’s colder.

To visit Morocco in summer, July and August are fairer. The Atlantic Ocean rages with the tone of tides while the Mediterranean is calmer.

Autumn In Morocco

Autumn then begins in September and spans through November. This season begins with the summer heat to the juncture where cold becomes the normal order. The late autumn months are known as the velvet months. Even pools become extremely cool for swimming and only heated pools are recommended for swimming.

Winter In Morocco

Winter begins in December and runs through February. Cold air from the water bodies and cyclones persist and humidity prevails. Given the above, you should pack heavyweight and waterproof clothes to survive the extreme cold conditions. Meanwhile, the eastern hot tropical air occasionally sends its signal hence producing heat in the regions of Morocco.

Spring In Morocco

Springtime spans from March to May. These periods witnesses very cool water bodies, hence not advisable for a seaside respite. The whole weather experience is characterised by wet and cold. Aside from the usual many activities, common activities to engage in are sightseeing and festivities.

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For a warm visit to the imperial city or inland Morocco, you will do well to you avoid the hot seasons. For that, springtime and autumn are preferable. This season lies between March-April and October-mid-November. This season defines a pleasant visit time.

For a seaside, beach vacation, July-September goes well for the Atlantic coast while July-Augusts a perfect time for the Mediterranean coasts.

Events And Festivities In Morocco

There are endless festivals and functions to get busy with on arrival to Morocco. These preclude musical aspects, racing sports and games, dance and cultural functions and even religious ceremonies. However, this section of the article will only highlight a good number of them for you to choose from.

●    Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

This popular musical function is normally attended by hundreds of thousands annually. The city of Fez is natively called the cultural capital of Morocco. This top-notch musical programme features intriguing events like high art performances, classic entertainment and adrenaline surge challenges. Spiritual dancers and musicians gather together in Fez city in June to bring colours to the programme.

●    November and December – Eid Al-Adha

During November and December, the natives along with visitors like you commit themselves to this lamb feast celebration called Eid Al-Adha. This religious function takes place customarily after the Ramadan fast. During this festival, many families in Morocco sacrifice lambs to honour the sacrifice of father Abraham.

●    Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan fasting is a typical function of Muslims worldwide. This religious ritual is believed to expand their mental capacities, as well as help people, grow in core values like empathy, compassion and patience. The wealthy, as a norm, feed the less privileged as a way to break the fasting. Meanwhile, Eid al-Fitr is the term used to describe the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

In a nutshell, other significant festivals and events are:

  • Timitar Music Festival
  • The October  Date Festival
  • Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival
  • Festival of the Brides
  • National Festival of Popular Arts of Marrakech.

Tourism In Morocco

Tourism is usually the main thing that attracts thousands of visitors to a particular country. Consequently, in Morocco, you will find things attractive to the sight, pleasant to the mind and captivating enough for contemplation. Examples of such tourist items and articles are highlighted thus.

●    Tangier

This is the European and ferry city of Morocco. The port city has connections with Spain. The city has a lifelong literary history from the 20th century.

●    Rabat’s Oudaias Kasbah

There are many old cities like this one, however, this is the most scenic and most beautiful of all. There is so much tranquillity and calmness in the city. It features blue and white designed buildings with heavily decorated flowers and other garnishes.

●    Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque

This mosque is one of Morocco’s most significant landmarks and attractions. This beautifully carved n designed mosque, due to its tourist function, is the only mosque in Morocco non-Muslim can enter.

●    Draa Valley

Draa valley connects the high Atlas with the desert.  If you could visit this grandiose sight, you will witness the fascinating view of palm tree oases spread with beautifully retained kasbahs and ksour. The villages around are notorious for architecture meanwhile, Hollywood has featured in some of those places around the valley.

What to pack for your Morocco trip.

Since your survival in the land is of great essence, this section will plainly explain the packs to come with you to Morocco. This pack will do well to take you through the diverse weather conditions during your stay.

For summer, you’ll certainly need long and flowy tops and dresses. Pullover or hoodie for mornings and nights. Loose pants. Sunglasses and sunscreen. Swimsuit, light cotton or linen clothes. sandals or sneakers for a stroll. Desert turban. Sun hats and some good pairs of jeans will do.

For winter, you will need to pack a sweater or heavyweight jacket. A raincoat or umbrella and scarf (wind-borne sand and dust).

For springtime, pack pairs of pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a light jacket or sweater to relish the fairly cool weather. It is also reasonable to bring a lightweight umbrella to help repel the occasional storm.

Finally, for autumn, bring the same pack for spring. Layering pieces for outdoor activity. Pack waterproof shoes and a bag/backpack to hold your belongings.

Conclusion

Finally, your trip to Morocco should be planned with little or no pressure having gone through this article. If any part seems not clear, do well to g over the above sections to grasp a clearer view of our points and explanations.

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