Travel to Morocco in summer
A summer to remember
Are you thinking about traveling to Morocco in summer? If so, here you have information on how are the months of July and August in Morocco and the best routes to do during this time.
First, know that Morocco is an ideal destination to welcome you all year round. Although the main advantage is that with the good weather, you can enjoy more daylight hours in your trip, because the days are longer.
So, if you are like most people, one of those who can only have long vacations in summer, or if you can only travel to Morocco in August, and you are wondering if it will be the best time, do not worry, it is a very good option to travel in summer to Morocco.
How is the climate of Morocco in summer
Morocco’s climate makes it visitable at any time of the year. Depending on the area, especially in the mountains, even in summer you can go from the heat of the sun to the cold of the night. Therefore, always take clothes that allow you to dress in layers, to keep warm if necessary.
The advantage of going to Morocco in summer is that you will have almost no bad weather days and it is easier to cross the mountain passes that you necessarily have to cross on your way south, whether you are coming from Fez or Marrakech. In winter you may need snow plows to get around. Nor are you as likely to find rivers overflowing in the south because of heavy rains, as has happened more than once, blocking roads for hours or days.
It is true that, especially in the south, the summer temperature in Morocco can be very high (40 to 50 degrees during the day), so July and August would not be the best months to visit the desert. The best time to visit the desert is in spring and autumn. But since you usually only spend one or two nights there on your trips, it is easily bearable with the help of air conditioning in the car.
Tips for traveling to Morocco in summer
It may not seem like it, but stopping in the middle of the day to have a coffee in the shade and rest is one of the best things to do when traveling. Take shelter in a museum, venue or hotel and alternate going outdoors. We do it. Although it may seem like standing still, less is more.
Keep yourself constantly hydrated, drinking in small sips and not just water, coffee, tea … You will see how tasty you find a juice that is prepared in the middle of Jamaa El Fnaa square.
Wear light clothes, cotton or linen and as little tight as possible. And if you have to be a long time in the sun, cover your head with a cap or turban if you are in the desert.
Parties and festivals in Morocco in July and August
This year 2023 the biggest holiday of the year in the Muslim world, the feast of the lamb, Aid El Adha, will be celebrated around June 28 in Morocco.
Also in summer you can participate in famous music festivals such as:
– The Gnawa Festival in Essaouira at the end of June.
– The Sacred Music Festival in Fez.
– The modern Mawazine in Rabat.
– The Tanjazz in Tangier held in September.
– The du Rire in June in Marrakech.
And there are also several festivals in summer. July 30 is the Feast of the Throne in Morocco. On that date it is common in many cities to celebrate with fireworks. Be attentive to the show if you happen to be in one of them at night.
Tips for traveling to Morocco in summer
It may not seem like it, but stopping in the middle of the day to have a coffee in the shade and rest is one of the best things to do when traveling. Take shelter in a museum, venue or hotel and alternate going outdoors. We do it. Even if it seems like you’re standing still, less is more.
Keep yourself constantly hydrated, drinking in small sips and not just water, coffee, tea … You will see how tasty you find a juice that is prepared in the middle of Djemaa El Fnaa square.
Summer travel destinations in Morocco
1- Northern Morocco
The north of Morocco is a very large area covering, broadly speaking, the region of Tangier and the northern regions of Fez and Oujda. It is, therefore, an area with a great diversity of landscapes and populations, which increases its attractiveness for any visitor.
If you want to know the northeast outside the main tourist routes, you can enjoy the beaches in the area of Al Hoceima, such as Quemado, or near Nador. They are among the most beautiful Mediterranean and less frequented. Contact us to make a tailor-made trip there.
Finally, if you are in the north, you can combine your stay with an excursion to the beautiful national park of Talassemtane. Leaving from Chaouen, you will see the ancient Spanish firs, a fir tree found only in northern Morocco and southern Spain, and cedar forests. Another well-known attraction is to visit the Akchour Waterfalls or the possibility of meeting Barbary macaques in the wild.
2 – Atlantic Coast
The Atlantic coast in Essaouira, and its small neighbor Sidi Kaouki, can be visited from Marrakech in a day trip or two. There you can practice kitesurfing and other water sports, as well as enjoy the bohemian life offered by the old Portuguese fortress.
Summer resorts are also the Atlantic beaches further south in Taghazout (ideal for surfers) and Agadir, also destinations for any time of the year beyond summer. From Marrakech and after Agadir, try traveling to the iconic beach of natural arches in Legzira, or the beach of Tan-tan, among many other less frequented places. You can make it happen on a trip along the Atlantic Coast.
The extreme point is to reach Dakhla. It is the farthest destination, especially for lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing, sports that you can also practice as you have seen in many other Atlantic enclaves.
3 – The Atlas Mountains
The routes that cross the endless Atlas Mountains are ideal to do in summer, as in winter they can become inaccessible. Apart from being in the middle of nature in the high mountains, it is a great opportunity to get into the Moroccan rural life of the Berber villages that you will find here and there.
One route is to go into villages like Imilchil and see the bride and groom lakes, Tislit and Isli, on an alternative route that goes from Fez to the desert. Another option is to go through the Atlas from the desert to Marrakech and reach the so-called Cathedral in Ifrane. You can also travel through the region of Khenifra and reach the sources of Oum-Rbia, by places not at all touristy.
The best known are the enormous Ouzoud Waterfalls. You can make a 3-hour excursion from Marrakech to see them, or take a detour with an extra day on the return journey from the desert to the red city.
If you like hiking, mountaineering or mountain biking in these and other places, Morocco also offers great alternatives. The biggest challenge is to climb Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Although you can also stay around its base in Imlil and enjoy the freshness of its trees and high mountain atmosphere. It is an hour and a half from Marrakech.
4 – Marrakech in summer
Marrakech will welcome you in all its splendor whatever the season. In summer in Marrakech you can bathe in the small pools that Riads usually have in the courtyard or terraces. Attention, not all of them have it so it is good to be interested in it. In the larger hotels you will have ample space for bathing. Book your accommodation in advance, as Marrakech in summer is very crowded, and the best location and conditions soon disappear.
If your Riad does not have a pool and you fancy a swim, in most large hotels you can access the pool with a day pass. There are also some places like Club Beldi on the outskirts of the city that offer an oasis for the traveler in Marrakech in summer and wants to get away from the hustle and bustle for a while.
Traveling to Morocco in summer, there is no doubt that being one of the countries with the best climate, with its beautiful beaches, islands that are paradises and modernist cities that fill the soul of any traveler.
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