Discover the BEST time to visit Marrakech! I'll take you through each month and season. Learn what to expect when it comes to weather, crowds, and prices.
The first thing I do when planning a trip is to research the best time of year to visit. Finding the sweet spot for good weather, decent hotel prices, and low to medium crowds will ensure you have the best trip possible.
Visit at the wrong time and you'll be overpaying for your hotel and battling crowds at popular tourist attractions and restaurants. Visit at the right time and you'll bypass the headache of heavy tourist season and enjoy the city at its prime.
This post will take you through the different seasons and months so you can decide the best time to visit Marrakech for your upcoming trip.
Short and sweet for the best time to visit Marrakech
MID-MARCH THROUGH mid-MAY AND late SEPTEMBER THROUGH mid-NOVEMBER
Outside of the brutally hot summer months, Marrakech has fairly mild temperatures and is a wonderful destination to visit September through May. In general, spring and fall are peak tourist season because this is when you'll experience prime weather.
To avoid the height of crowds and still have wonderful weather, focus on early spring and mid to late fall.
While spring and fall may be ideal for tourists, winter in Marrakech isn't too shabby either. Jake and I were last in Marrakech in February. We were surprised at how pleasant the weather was; abundant sunshine and highs in the 70s. The crowds were slim and the hotel rates were cheap.
Marrakech weather in February was perfect for exploring the city and visiting the sights, but I did wish for warmer temperatures to take advantage of the beautiful riad rooftops and sun lounges. It was too cold for laying out or wearing light layers.
When deciding the best time to visit Marrakech, keep in mind that it's a relatively dry climate. The dry season is late April through mid-October. The "wet" season (and I would use that term lightly) is late October through mid-April. To put things in perspective, the wettest months of the year see a mere 1 to 2 inches of rain.
With that being said, I would focus more on temperatures than I would whether it's a wet or dry month.
Lastly, when looking at weather averages, know that it often feels hotter than the actual temperature reads. The sun is very strong in Marrakech.
Marrakech in Spring: March Through May
Spring is the best time to visit Marrakech for colorful foliage and pool weather
Spring is bright and full of color. Flowers are blooming and the temperatures are ideal, hovering in the 70s and 80s. Visiting Marrakech in March, April, or May allows for comfortable sightseeing weather and is warm enough to soak up the afternoon sun by the pool.
Marrakech doesn’t get too much rain, but keep in mind that March has the highest chance of showers. Don't let that scare you away from March though. The "wet" season in Marrakech sees a mere 1 to 2 inches of rain per month.
Spring is a popular time of year with savvy tourists who know how hot it can get in the summer.
To avoid the crowds and have a better chance at finding hotel deals, aim for early spring.
Outside of Easter weekend, Marrakech in April is a good bet when it comes to crowd levels.
May is peak tourist season and will be the busiest and most expensive.
Marrakech in Fall: September Through November
Fall is the best time to visit Marrakech for perfect weather and medium crowd levels
The months of September through November are glorious with a mix of warm and cool temperatures. The best time to go to Marrakech in fall would be October and early November.
Summer heat can linger into September with highs in the low 90s, sometimes 100s. Avoid early September if you don't want to chance a melting-hot vacation.
Weather-wise, Marrakech in October is by far the best. Temperatures range from the 50s to 70s. Perfect for sightseeing in the morning and spending the afternoon by the pool or lounging on a riad rooftop.
Marrakech in November is nice as well, especially early November. It's a tad cooler than October with highs in the low 70s and lows in the 40s. Perfect for those that enjoy crisp mornings that transition to warm afternoons.
Late fall would be the best time to visit Marrakech if you're looking for comfortable weather to tour the sights without breaking a sweat and don't care about pool time.
If fewer crowds are a priority, visit Marrakech mid-October through mid-November.
September is still peak tourist season and late November sees increased crowds as tourists from cooler climates are looking for a warm escape.
Marrakech in Winter: December Through February
visit Marrakech in winter for a sunny escape and hotel deals (after Christmas)
Marrakech in Winter is perfectly quiet and peaceful as long as you don’t visit during the holidays. Tourists from cooler climates will come to Morocco to escape the cold during the Christmas season.
February is a wonderful time to visit and sees some of the lowest crowd levels of the year. Temperatures range in the 40s and 60s in late winter (70s if you're lucky). The mornings and evenings require a light jacket, but the afternoons are perfectly pleasant. By the afternoon, you'll often be comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt.
If you’re looking for good prices, low crowds, and cooler temps, late winter is the best time to go to Marrakech.
Marrakech in Summer: June Through August
Summer is the worst time to visit Marrakech with unbearable heat
Summer is NOT the best time to visit Marrakech. Avoid visiting Marrakech in June, July, and August as these months bring tourists that don't know better alongside stifling heat. You'd think summer would be void of visitors this time of year with how miserable it is, but surprisingly it's not.
Temperatures can become extremely uncomfortable, spiking above 100. Shade and water are extremely valuable this time of year and it's wise to stay inside/out of the sun from noon to 3:00 pm.
Plan to visit tourist sights and the souks as early as possible to beat the suffocating heat.
The best time to go to Marrakech is fall and spring if you want weather that's warm enough to lay by the pool. For fewer crowds, focus on early spring and late fall.
Winter is best for lower crowds and comfortable sightseeing weather, sans pool time. Avoid summer if you can because the heat makes touring the city a miserable, sweaty experience.