Dramatic scenery in High Atlas Mountains with cactus and trees in foreground and sprawling clay-brick village in background.


The Best Time to Visit Morocco

Morocco brings to mind camel trains traversing the desert, but in many areas north of the Sahara, Morocco has a temperate climate similar to that of other Mediterranean countries. (Spain, at its closest point, is less than ten miles away.) We time our trips for Morocco’s best weather, when temperatures are moderate and skies tend to be sunny. The desert can get cold at night, especially in winter and early spring.

Springtime in the Atlas Mountains with blue wildflowers, greenery, rolling green hills, and ancient Roman ruins in foreground.
Nighttime in the Moroccan desert with a group of robed and turbaned nomads gathered around a roaring campfire.

February to May

Spring is an ideal time to visit, as average daytime temperatures in coastal cities range from the mid-60s to the low 80s. The countryside is lush and green, and the High Atlas peaks retain their snow-capped grandeur, so mountain hikes are particularly spectacular. The Dades Valley is in vibrant bloom in early spring, from late February through March, and has cooler average highs in the 40s, dropping to lows in the 30s at night. In the north, light rains may stretch to mid-March.

Best trips for these months:

June to August

It’s hot in the interior cities, but this is the perfect time to hike in the High Atlas Mountains, after the snows have melted. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s in the valleys, but cool down to the 70s as we gain elevation. Highs in the coastal cities are in the high 70s and low 80s.

Best trips for these months:

Moroccan nomadic woman in purple clothing looks out from behind her face-covering hijab as she leads a black horse.
Winter snows cover the High Atlas Mountains in the background with a small town in the foreground.

September to November

This is an excellent time to visit, as Morocco’s weather is mild and dry during the fall—highs range from the 60s to the high 80s. In the north, light rains begin in November.

Best trips for these months:

December and January

Rain in the north and snow in the mountains make winter a less-than-ideal time to visit.

Weather Chart

Morocco weather chart.

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