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When to travel to Marrakech

If you have already decided that Marrakech is going to be the next destination you travel to but you are not sure when to do it, in this post we see what is the best time to visit the city. Take note!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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When to travel to Marrakech

Marrakech | ©Danae Tsoutreli

When planning what to see and do in Marrakech during a vacation, it's a good idea to know the time of year you want to travel and what the weather will be like around that time.

In the case of this inland Moroccan city, the climate is of the dry Mediterranean type with hot, dry summers and mild winters in which it can rain. With this in mind, you are probably wondering what is the best time to travel to Marrakech.

In this post we are going to review what the weather is like during each season so you can get an idea of what to expect in the city throughout the year so you can choose the time that best suits your plans in Morocco. Read on!

1. What is the best time to travel to Marrakech?

Castle in Morocco| ©Martina Rathgens
Castle in Morocco| ©Martina Rathgens

The spring and autumn seasons are the best time to travel to Marrakech.

Being an inland destination, I advise you to choose the months of September in Marrakech to May in Marrakech to explore the city and avoid the summer months as the weather is very hot and dry.
With temperatures that can easily exceed 40ºC it becomes really difficult to walk in the street sightseeing.

In any case, it is always advisable to consult the average temperatures in Marrakech when organizing your trip to choose wisely the plans you will make during your vacation and the clothes you will take in your luggage.

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2. Marrakech in spring

Visiting the Todra Gorges.| ©albertxebic
Visiting the Todra Gorges.| ©albertxebic

Spring is the best time to travel to Marrakech, in the interior of the country, because the days are sunny and the temperatures although they can be around 30ºC are pleasant compared to those of the summer. During the day, the weather is not stifling and you can do a lot of outdoor activities such as an excursion to the desert of Marrakech. At night, temperatures are mild with minimum temperatures between 10ºC and 15ºC, ideal for strolling around the city.

In March in Marrakech the minimum temperatures can reach 9ºC, making it a somewhat unpredictable month in terms of weather. So, when packing your suitcase, be prepared for everything. Bring clothes suitable for warm temperatures but don't forget to pack a light jacket or sweater in case it cools down in the evenings.

The months of April in Marrakech and May in Marrakech have similar climatic characteristics although while in the former there may be occasional showers in the latter they hardly occur as summer approaches.

As for the tourist influx, visitors and prices increase when Easter arrives as many Europeans visit Morocco during these holidays. It is high season so if you want to get a good price to make your trip in spring, I recommend that you compare options and make your reservations in advance.

3. Marrakech in autumn

Camels for the tour in Marrakech| ©Jaume Pera
Camels for the tour in Marrakech| ©Jaume Pera

Next to spring, the other best time to travel to Marrakech is autumn.

During the month of September in Marrakech temperatures continue to be warm but without being suffocating, around 30ºC as in the summer of some European countries. It rarely rains and the sky is usually clear, which is great for spending the day sightseeing around the city and touring its souks without feeling overwhelmed.

In October in Marrakech temperatures drop a bit and there are some autumn rains towards the end of the month. It is also a good time for outdoor activities, such as an excursion to the desert with activities included or going out to explore the center of Marrakech.

During the month of November it rains a bit more compared to the previous months (nothing you can't fix with a raincoat) but temperatures are around 20ºC so the weather is very pleasant for sightseeing. However, in the evenings it cools down quite a bit so I recommend packing a jacket in your luggage.

As for the influx of tourists, it drops a bit during autumn in Morocco so prices are more affordable and there is a greater availability of accommodation. In any case, I advise you to be proactive and make your reservations as far in advance as possible to save a little on your budget.

4. Marrakech in winter

Night in Morocco| ©Jasmine Halki
Night in Morocco| ©Jasmine Halki

Winter is also a good time to visit Marrakech, especially the months of January in Marrakech and February in Marrakech if you want to visit the desert on a day trip, as it does not rain often there. Another thing is the city of Marrakech where it can rain more than usual but with an umbrella everything is easily fixed.

Temperatures hover around 20ºC during the day but nights plummet in the desert and can reach 0ºC.

This season coincides with the low season for tourism in Morocco. Since there are fewer visitors, hotels offer good rates that you can take advantage of if you are looking for a cheap trip to Marrakech.

However, with the month of December in Marrakech something curious happens and that is that despite being winter prices soar because many Europeans choose to spend the Christmas holidays in Morocco to escape the snow and cold in their home countries.

To try to get a better price, my advice is that if you want to visit Marrakech in December make your reservations in advance. It is not usually too cold except at night and temperatures during the day are pleasant so you can have a great time during the winter sightseeing.

In this other post you can read what to see and do in Marrakech in winter.

5. Marrakech in summer

Cycling in Morocco| ©Lahcen Errami
Cycling in Morocco| ©Lahcen Errami

If there is a term that defines Marrakech in summer, it is scorching heat.

Thermometers can easily soar to 40ºC in the interior of the country where Marrakech is located and minimum temperatures hover around 20ºC, so the months of June in Marrakech, July in Marrakech and August in Marrakech is not the best time to travel to the city if you can't tolerate the sweltering heat.

In June temperatures start to be very high but the months of July and August may be the least convenient to go to Morocco as they are the highest of the year.

However, that does not deter many intrepid travelers to visit Marrakech in summer so the tourist influx and prices remain high to coincide with the vacations of European tourists.

So even if you decide to travel to Marrakech in summer I recommend that, on the one hand, take cool clothes in your suitcase to avoid sweating like a chicken all day and, on the other hand, that you get up early enough to take advantage of the early hours of the day, which will be the least hot, to make your plans in the city.

Then, after noon, my advice is to relax by the pool of your hotel until lunchtime to go out and explore the best restaurants in Marrakech and taste the delicious Moroccan food. And at the end of the day when the sun has set, go for a stroll around the Jamaa el Fna square and have a mint tea.

In this other post you can read what to see and do in Marrakech in summer.

We compare in the table the different seasons to visit Marrakech

  • Spring
  • Pleasant temperatures
  • Occasional rains
  • High season
  • Busy tourist attractions
  • Summer
  • Very high temperatures
  • Infrequent rainfall
  • Low season
  • Tourist attractions not very crowded
  • Autumn
  • Mild temperatures
  • Infrequent rains
  • Medium season
  • Less crowded tourist attractions
  • Winter
  • Cold temperatures
  • Abundant rainfall
  • Medium season
  • Tourist attractions somewhat crowded