Best Time to Fly to Morocco
Morocco's weather is tourist-friendly most of the year, but there are a few particulars to keep in mind depending on your purpose of travel. On the Atlantic-Mediterranean coastline, June through September are the most pleasant times to visit Morocco for a stay on the beaches or time outside with the locals. October through April are the cooler months inland and when most travelers book flights to Morocco.
Morocco can experience extreme weather conditions. Winter in the higher regions can be bitter cold. Travelers booking flights to Morocco for ski season (December to March) should plan ahead and park warm clothes.
Why you should take a flight to Morocco
There’s nothing spicier than Morocco. The minute your flight to Morocco lands, you know you’re somewhere special. Just take a tour through Tangier, Casablanca or Marrakech and you’ll be swathed in the scents of African and Moroccan culture. The country is a hotbed of debate and tension, but the people are passionate and the culture is compelling. Whether your trip finds you rubbing elbows with the elite in Casablanca, or rocking the Kasbah with the locals in Tangier, before you leave this eccentric country you’ll be booking your return airline tickets to Morocco.
Save money on a cheap flight to Morocco and spend the extra cash at one of the country’s colorful outdoor markets in Marrakech, Fès or Rabat. Morocco's resort towns are also home to breathtaking deserts and soft sand dunes, perfect for exploring in an off-road adventure. The heart of Morocco is Tangier, and it's no more apparent than when you first meet the people. From school books to snake charming, and rug making to Moroccan cooking, the people of Tangier hold their history sacred. Book a trip to Morocco to see this thriving culture for yourself.
If there’s one thing you’ll want to take with you on your return Morocco trip, it’s the country’s impressive crafts. From leather to jewelry, ceramics and pottery, to carpet designs featuring intense colors and patterns, there’s no boarding your Morocco flight back home without taking a little bit of the country’s culture with you.
Morocco’s climate has extreme temperatures in the inland areas, but cooler, more pleasant temperatures closer to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Marrakesh temperatures average 70 F in the winter and 100 F in the summer. The Atlas Mountains have snow nearly all year round, and temperatures sometimes fall below zero. During the winter, the north is wet and rainy, but the south is dry and very cold as it approaches the Moroccan Sahara.
Getting around Morocco
Royal Air Maroc offers domestic Morocco flights from Casablanca. There is a limited train network in Morocco, but fares are reasonable. Shared taxis - carrying up to six passengers - are very popular and are a cheap way to get around the country. The bus system is regular and cheap with a good network. Ferries operate from Algeciras to Tangier and from Sete in France to Tangier. There are also services between Gibraltar and Tangier.
The following chart gives approximate journey times fromCasablanca
(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Morocco.
Morocco Travel Information
- Marrakech, the “red city”, sits against the High Atlas Mountains. The heartbeat of the city is Djemaa el fna, the famous square, which attracts the colorful street performers such as the snake charmers, musicians, acrobats and storytellers. The busy souks (markets) are worth a visit too.
- Fes el-Bali (Old Fes) medina dates from the 8th century. It has all the charm one would expect from one of the biggest living medieval cities in the world: a maze of souks; the Place an-Nejjarine with its Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts; Qaraouyine University, founded in 859; and the tanners’ quarter with its giant vats of dye and accompanying smell (some would say “stench”) of curing skins. Fez el Djedid is new Fez, established in the 13th century, and home to the Royal Palace, the Mellah, the Jewish quarter, and more souks. Ville Nouvelle, built by the French, is the youngest part of the city. It has wide boulevards and tree-lined avenues.
- The Atlantic Coast of Morocco takes in the towns of Essaouira, very popular with wind surfers as well as sun worshippers, and Agadir, where the kasbah offers fantastic views over the town.
- “Play it again Sam” - Casablanca, the fabled port city boasts the Hassan II Mosque, built in the 1980s by King Hassan II. It is the world’s second-largest religious building after Mecca. Other noted features are its minaret (the world’s tallest) and the fact that it was built on reclaimed land on a promontory looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean; the water can be seen through a glass floor. It cost up to $800 million to build.
- Rabat, the capital, overlooks the Atlantic. Tourist must-sees include the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower and Andalusian gardens, popular with the women of Rabat. Nearby, see the Necropolis of Chellah, the medieval ruins.