Morocco's landscapes range from beautiful Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline, to lush valleys and agricultural lands, to dramatic mountain ranges, to vast deserts. Whether you enjoy relaxing on a sunny beach, taking a vigorous hike, or simply becoming one with nature, the options are sure to delight your senses. Our tour itineraries are tailored to expose you to many of these amazing geographical features.
Running through the middle of the Morocco is the Atlas mountain range. The Middle Atlas range sweeps up from the south, rising to over 3,000m (9,850ft), covered with woodlands of pine, oak and cedar, wildflowers, open pastureland and small lakes. The Rif Mountains travel Morocco's north coast. Often snow-covered in winter, Morocco's mountains are home to the country's indigenous Berber population. Between the mountain ranges and the Atlantic are plains and plateaus of verdant agricultural lands. To the east, the mountain slopes become more arid as they drop towards the Sahara. The mountains are home to dramatic waterfalls and ample opportunities for hiking or snapping incredible panoramic photographs.
Morocco is home to breathtaking gorges including the Todra Gorge and the Dades Gorge. The Todra Gorge boasts massive canyon walls reaching some 300 meters (900 feet) high. Gravity-defying rock stacks in all shades of red are deeply cut by gullies created by the unending action of the river and weather. Traveling to the gorges, the winding roads travel through palmeries and valleys dotted with roses.
In the south of the country lies the Sahara, the largest desert in the world. It is dotted with fascinating traditional villages and lush oases, as well as dramatic and vast sand dunes such as Erg Chebbi (up to 350 m high) and Erg Chigaga. Take a camel trek and spend the night in a traditional Berber tent below a dazzling, star-filled sky. Or, hop on a quad/ATV for some faster-paced thrills in the dunes.
The long stretch of Atlantic coast down Morocco's western side features cool breezes and long sandy beaches. To the north, is the Mediterranean coast. Just a stone's throw from Europe, Gibraltar is an hour’s ferry ride away. Morocco is home to numerous beautiful beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and windsurfing.
Generally, Morocco's climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the interior of the country, the temperatures are more extreme, winters can be fairly cold and the summers intensely hot. In fact, the further one travels from the ocean, the more extreme both winter and summer temperatures become. The most pleasant time to visit Morocco is in the spring and autumn, when the weather is warm and dry. Average summer temperatures in the coastal cities, range from 64-82 °F (18- 28°C). In the interior, however, highs frequently exceed 95°F (35C).
Weather along the coastal region is tempered by the Mediterranean in the North and the Atlantic Ocean along Morocco’s Western coast near Casablanca and Essaouira. Average daily temperatures range from about 54°F (12°C) in winter (Dec-Mar), to 77°F (25°C) and higher in summer (Jun-Sep).
Going inland to the northern plateau region, Fez has a continental climate with more extreme temperatures. In summer it can get over 100°F (38°C), but generally hovers in the 85-95°F (29-35°C) range. Winters, by contrast, can be rather cold with daily temperatures around 65°F and nights dropping to 40°F -45°F (5°C - 7°C).
Heading due south into the interior lowlands, Marrakesh has an average winter temperature of 65°F (18°C) and summer temperature of 97°F (36°C). The hottest months of the year are July, August and September, but there is little humidity so temperatures are generally bearable. Marrakech and the lowlands of Morocco can become stiflingly hot in summer, easily exceeding 100°F (38°C) when the desert winds from the Sahara (known as the sirocco or chergui) are blowing. It is sunny nearly all year round, with mild winters. But winter can bring heavy downpours of rain and nights can be in the lower 40’s°F (5°C).
In the Atlas Mountains temperatures can drop below zero Celsius (32°F) in winter and mountain peaks are snow capped throughout most of the year. The winter in the north of the country bordering the Mediterranean is wet and rainy, while in the south near Rissani and the Erg Chebbi dunes and the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and can be bitterly cold at night. The Atlas Mountain highlands are buried in snow during the winter and serve as a popular reprieve from the hot lowlands in summer. Summer Hiking in the Atlas Mountains is generally sunny and warm and cool at night.
Regardless of when you are traveling to Morocco, it’s best to bring many layers as your trip will involve travel through many different climate zones. A more detailed temperature breakdown and complete packing list is provided to our travelers as a part of our pre-departure travel services.