"For centuries travellers have been charmed by Morocco. Its rugged mountains, ribbons of beaches and rolling desert dunes lure those who dream of wide open spaces, while the old medinas and lively cities provide an evocative setting in which to explore the country’s fascinating history and culture. There can be no doubt: Morocco is a real feast for the senses.”

- Narina Exelby

Morocco

The ancient Arabs called Morocco Al-Maghreb al-Aqsa – Farthest Land of the Setting Sun – and of all the countries in Africa, Morocco could well be the most exotic to visit. For centuries its soulful mix of African, Arabic and European influences have drawn travellers, and Morocco has charmed them with its stunning landscapes, deep cultural history, intriguing flavours, enchanting medinas and sublime natural beauty.

While the country has so much to offer travellers, its appeal ultimately lies in its diversity. Morocco is a warren of ancient alleyways and a buzz of contemporary city life; it is harsh mountain peaks and unexpected, gentle oases. It is a riot of colours and a rush of aromas, and at the same time it is a vast sweep of monochromatic sand dunes and a beautiful stillness. Morocco – its air so often thick with dust and spices – is a country that never fails to woo those who yearn to visit places that are infused with a tangible sense of magic.

The cosmopolitan city of Casablanca is so often the starting point for a holiday in Morocco, and its striking Hasan II Mosque is a grand introduction to the country’s Islamic-inspired architecture.  On the other side of the Atlas Mountains, in oases towns like Skoura, the monumental kasbahs that were built to provided refuge for their inhabitants hold the stories of Morocco’s feudal past. Fez and Marrakech have always been much loved for the old souqs and medinas whose maze of alleys have been frequented for hundreds of years by craftsmen, traders and nomads.

Although Morocco is only 450,000 square kilometres – about the same size as Sweden – it is exceptionally diverse. Charming seaside towns like Essoueira, Agadir, Tangier and El Hoceima, which lie along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, are a haven for beach-lovers, surfers and kite-surfers. Along the spine of the country the craggy peaks of the High Atlas Mountains – where you’ll find the highest point in North Africa – provide a dramatic backdrop for those who prefer to escape the crowds. Towards the Mediterranean the Rif Mountains, which receive more rain than anywhere else in Morocco, are home to endangered Barbary macaques and forests of cedar, oak and fir trees; while south of the mountains camel trains still roll across vast tracts of desert.

Morocco fringes the northwestern edge of Africa. It is surrounded on its eastern and southern border by Algeria; Western Sahara lies to its west. Most of Morocco’s coastline is defined by the Atlantic Ocean, and a small stretch, lying east of the Strait of Gibraltar, fronts onto the Mediterranean Sea.

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A great time to visit if you prefer to travel away from crowds, allowing you to see Moroccans going about their daily life more authentically than during the hotter months. It is generally sunny and mild, but there is the chance of rain (good for wildflowers), and snow in the mountains. The desert is perfect for visiting now but gets very cold at night.

A great time to visit if you prefer to travel away from crowds, allowing you to see Moroccans going about their daily life more authentically than during the hotter months. It is generally sunny and mild, but there is the chance of rain (good for wildflowers), and snow in the mountains. The desert is perfect for visiting now but gets very cold at night.

The weather in March is much like the start of spring in any country. With flowers coming out and the sun shining, the weather is generally between 10°C and 20°C depending on the region, although it can become cooler. Snow and rain become rare at this time of year, but it would be best to pack clothing for all scenarios, as it can be unpredictable.

This is a popular time to visit due to the favorable spring weather of between 15°C and 35°C from the High Atlas Mountains to the desert. Given the diversity of the landscape, weather can differ significantly from place to place and this is particularly true in spring when showers are common. Labour Day is held on the 1st of May. This can lead to the closing of some shops, banks, and local schools, which can mean the main sites are busier with locals.

This is a popular time to visit due to the favorable spring weather of between 15°C and 35°C from the High Atlas Mountains to the desert. Given the diversity of the landscape, weather can differ significantly from place to place and this is particularly true in spring when showers are common. Labour Day is held on the 1st of May. This can lead to the closing of some shops, banks, and local schools, which can mean the main sites are busier with locals.

June is one of the hotter months in Morocco, however, different regions like Essaouira and Tangier still stay relatively cool because they’re situated on the coast. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, Morocco is great to visit in June because tourism is relatively low compared to some of the other months. This is the last month to visit the desert region before there's an influx of insects and snakes in July and August, as well as often unbearable heat.

July and August are the hottest months in Morocco so are not the ideal months to visit; however, they should not be ruled out. If you’re looking to escape the unpredictable British summers then this is a great time to visit. Coinciding with the school holidays makes this a popular time for families; as such, many hotels and riads do get booked up in advance, particularly those with swimming pools.

Daytime temperatures can reach the mid-40°Cs, so exploring and sightseeing is best done in the morning or evening, making this is a good time to combine activities and relaxation. This is also a great time to visit the Atlantic coast, which at other times of year can feel on the chilly side.

Whether you are seeking water sports or delicious seafood, Essaouira is a summer highlight. The Atlas Mountains are cooler than the cities, although still very hot. While summer is not ideal if you're wanting to do serious trekking, it is great for short morning walks and lying by a pool with panoramic mountain views.

July and August are the hottest months in Morocco so are not the ideal months to visit; however, they should not be ruled out. If you’re looking to escape the unpredictable British summers then this is a great time to visit. Coinciding with the school holidays makes this a popular time for families; as such, many hotels and riads do get booked up in advance, particularly those with swimming pools.

Daytime temperatures can reach the mid-40°Cs, so exploring and sightseeing is best done in the morning or evening, making this is a good time to combine activities and relaxation. This is also a great time to visit the Atlantic coast, which at other times of year can feel on the chilly side.

Whether you are seeking water sports or delicious seafood, Essaouira is a summer highlight. The Atlas Mountains are cooler than the cities, although still very hot. While summer is not ideal if you're wanting to do serious trekking, it is great for short morning walks and lying by a pool with panoramic mountain views.

Cooling down after the hot summer months, September is an ideal time to visit Morocco as you can enjoy the pleasantly warm weather and clear blue skies the country offers as it heads into autumn. The beaches are not as busy from local holidaymakers, the cities welcome gentle breezes, and exploring the desert becomes pleasant again.

October is one of the best months to visit Morocco, as temperatures are cooler and more comfortable for sightseeing. This is a great month for hiking in the mountains and visiting the Atlantic coast, with temperatures dropping in November and Essaouira becoming very windy. As such, October is a month that books up quickly, and trips for this time of year should be organised far in advance.

The latter months of the year are a great window to explore the imperial cities of Morocco. The sunny but cooler days provide a comfortable climate to discover the colourful sights and sounds of Marrakesh and Fez. Other regional centres, such as the coastal town of Essaouira and the High Atlas Mountains, are not to be missed either, but coastal winds and potential snow in the mountains will naturally bring colder weather; particularly in the evenings. One thing to bear in mind when considering travelling during the winter months is that not all riads — particularly not those in the north of the country — have adequate heating, so it's advisable to bring warm layers of clothing.

The latter months of the year are a great window to explore the imperial cities of Morocco. The sunny but cooler days provide a comfortable climate to discover the colourful sights and sounds of Marrakesh and Fez. Other regional centres, such as the coastal town of Essaouira and the High Atlas Mountains, are not to be missed either, but coastal winds and potential snow in the mountains will naturally bring colder weather; particularly in the evenings. One thing to bear in mind when considering travelling during the winter months is that not all riads — particularly not those in the north of the country — have adequate heating, so it's advisable to bring warm layers of clothing.

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