Morocco has held the fascination of travellers for centuries making this exotic getaway one of the most popular in the world. From its culture, a wonderful amalgamation of Arabic and African influences, to its breathtakingly diverse terrain, Morocco certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the pearls of Africa.
There are a plethora of sites and historical attractions to hit. Visit the tombs of ancient royals at the Saadian tombs, observe local customs in Djemaa el Fna or appreciate the country’s many natural wonders at the amazing Todra and Dades Gorges in the Atlas mountain range. Whether it’s a blood pumping trek to the summit of High-Atlas Mountain, a stroll through the maze that is a Moroccan bazaar or a lesson in making the wonderful local cuisine, visitors will not be disappointed by the smorgasbord of things to do.
There is absolutely nothing boring about Morocco’s geography either. With deserts, mountains and beaches, each region has its own characteristics and appeal. Many areas even have their own microclimates which make for an interesting and varied journey through the country.
Moroccans are extremely hospitable people. Tourists, especially those traveling alone, will find that locals are eager to make friendly conversation, break bread and even invite you home for a traditional dinner of couscous and grilled meat. There is a wide range of accommodations available which will satisfy every budget and luxury level. Whether you’re in search of low cost hostels or five star hotels, everyone will find a place to rest their head.
The weather in Morocco is as varied as the country’s terrain. While coastal regions are characterized by a Mediterranean climate, inland is hotter and dryer. There is also a difference between the north and the south, with the south remaining generally warm except in winter when temperatures drop drastically. The northern and coastal areas are far more temperate and tend to display less erratic changes.
Summer runs from June through September with August being the hottest month of the year. In the warmer parts of the country, the mercury can get up to 108°F. Conditions all around Morocco are hot and dry, but are particularly unbearable in the south.
Winter occurs over the peak holiday period from December to April and can become extremely cold in the south, with the High Atlas Mountains displaying snow-capped peaks. The northern regions and the coast receive a great deal of rain and their temperatures drop lower than 50°F.
By far the best time to visit Morocco is in between the extreme summer and winter. Spring (March through May) is a pleasant time during which the landscapes are green and lush. Fall (September to December) is also ideal as the heat has subsided and the deep chill hasn’t yet set in.
In general it is a good idea to visit the south and the desert outside of the summer months as traveling through such hot, arid land can be quite intolerable.