Planning a holiday soon? Don’t have a clue when is the best time to visit Morocco? We’ve put together for you a monthly guide to help you find out when is the best time for you!
Morocco has flourished into a hotspot vacation destination for tourists all over the world. In fact, Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism reported an increase of 13% in tourist arrivals in January 2018 alone, compared to the previous year. A total of 12,280,000 tourists visited the country in 2018—a jump from 11,349,347 in 2017, and a stark contrast to the 4,379,990 recorded arrivals in 2001.
As interest and intrigue in the breadth of what the country has to offer skyrockets, vacationers are on a mission to discover exactly what there is to do in Morocco and what time of year would offer the best experience.
Of course, everyone’s ideal trip is different. Morocco’s varying terrains, climate, temperatures, seasonal activities, festivals, and even holidays are all significant factors one can consider when planning their journey. That’s why I put together a month-to-month guide to help you decide when the best time to visit Morocco is, for you.JANUARY
The first month of the year is typically the coldest. Although in the south temperatures might reach a comfortable mid-60°F during the day, the mornings and evenings are still very chilly. It is important to note that winter is Morocco’s rainy season, though the chance of precipitation greatly depends on the region.
Northern towns are more likely to experience rain, and may also get some light snowfall. You are guaranteed to see snow on mountaintops—including Mount Toubkal, visible from Marrakech. Are you an outdoor sports junkie? Don’t know when is the best time to visit Morocco? January is for you!
Unsurprisingly, then, adventurers are drawn to Morocco’s mountains during this time of year for winter treks and skiing. Popular destinations include the Atlas Mountains, Oukaimeden ski resort, as well as Ifrane, also known as “Morocco’s Switzerland.”
Because of the colder temperatures, January ranks in the country’s low-season for tourists. The benefits? Enjoy less crowded walks in the medinas and shorter lines for both attractions and your much-desired Instagrammable photo ops.
Noteworthy events: Aside from celebrations of the New Year on January 1 st , Morocco’s native Berber communities celebrate the Amazigh New Year, Yennayer,
January 12 th and 13 th . The holiday includes tribal songs and dances as well as a delicious couscous meal—a great “off the beaten path” experience for tourists interested in traditional Amazigh culture.
Also, if you are a fan of art or an artist yourself, you do not want to miss Fez’s annual International Artists Gathering. This several-day event held in the heart of Fez’s historical medina provides a platform for artists around the world to share their work and to foster discussion among attendees; insightful events and small tours; and good meals shared with likeminded people. FEBRUARYMARCHAPRILMAYJUNEJULYAUGUSTSEPTEMBEROCTOBERNOVEMBERDECEMBER
Hopefully this guide gave you a little insight into when is the best time to visit Morocco. As you can see, depending on your interests (e.g., hiking, winter v. water sports, sightseeing, etc.), learning about Morocco’s climate can be helpful in making your decision.
The many festivals throughout the year may also persuade you to join locals and other international tourists to celebrate culture, music, and harvests, among other things. We only reached the tip of the iceberg!
Still don’t know when is the best time to visit Morocco, can’t decide between Spring and Fall? This article is for you!
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