Best Times to Visit Marrakech
The best times to visit Marrakech are from March to May and between September and November. These shoulder seasons are known for their desirable weather (with average daytime temps in the low 70s to low 90s) and affordable hotel rates. Avoid visiting in the brutally hot summer when highs regularly top 100 degrees and the city sees a large influx of tourists and expats. The winter months offer temperatures in the low 40s to upper 60s but also see a spike in tourism, with visitors from colder climates flocking to the Red City in search of warmer temps. Be mindful of religious holidays, such as Ramadan and Christmas, as well as national holidays that follow the lunar calendar, which can affect everything from public transportation to attraction hours to room rates.
Weather in Marrakech
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
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Spring brings a fresh burst of color to the Red City, with the surrounding valleys displaying a variety of vibrant blossoms. Sunshine prevails, and average daytime highs rest between the high 70s and low 80s, making ideal conditions for exploration. Rain showers may be a factor in April and May, so pack an umbrella if you plan on visiting later in the season.
Summertime in Marrakech is extremely hot, with average highs bubbling into the triple digits. But sizzling temps don't seem to bother tourists. During these three months, room rates skyrocket as Marrakech experiences an onslaught of sightseers. Just make sure you're mindful of the weather. Drink plenty of water and follow the locals' lead by staying in the shade from noon to 3 p.m., when the sun's rays are the most powerful.
As temperatures drop and summer crowds wane, Marrakech welcomes yet another sweet spot. Those who visit in the fall will find temperatures in the high 40s to low 90s, budget-friendlier room rates and a city not suffocated by fellow tourists. This season also woos music lovers, as the Red City hosts popular events like The Oasis Fest and the Sun Festival this time of year.
Don't let its location fool you; Morocco is often referred to as "a cold country with a hot sun." While daytime temperatures reach into the 60s and 70s, chilly winds can cause temps to plummet into the 40s come nightfall. Plus, rain is most prevalent in December. That being said, the winter months tend to draw tourists, especially around Christmastime and sports-centric events like the Marrakech Grand Prix. Temperatures may drop, but room rates rarely do, so book at least two months in advance.
Popular Times to Visit Marrakech
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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