If you ever wanted to visit Morocco you should know several things about this magnificent country.
Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.
Casablanca is home to Hassan II Mosque, an Islamic landmark with a 210m minaret, and the city of Fes is notable for its medina, Fes el Bali. Elsewhere in Morocco, historic sites include earthen-walled Aït Benhaddou (a fortified trading post) and the Roman site Volubilis, which has ruins of a basilica and triumphal arch. Visitors can take camel rides across the Saharan dunes of Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga, or go hiking and skiing in the central Atlas Mountains. Beach destinations include the resorts of Essaouira, a windsurfer favorite, and Agadir, known for its crescent-shaped bay.
Where is Morocco
When to travel to Morocco
With its location in North Africa, Morocco has a very hot climate with constant sunshine and high temperatures throughout the year. The country borders the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, which influences the climate because of the Canary Current.
The Sahara Desert is in the south, which is very hot and dry all year round. The best time to visit Morocco is the winter and spring when temperatures are cooler and more enjoyable. The average temperature in January is around 20°C.
The warmest time of the year is in the summer when highs can reach up to 37°C. You have to be careful when you’re spending a lot of time in the sun because the UV rays are very high and can be quite dangerous. Wear high factor sun protection and stay out of the sun from 12pm to 3pm, which is the hottest part of the day.
The North Atlantic coastline tends to have slightly cooler temperatures than further south, where temperatures are very hot. The sea is warm for most of the year, which is great for swimming when you need a break from the heat.