When to Go in Marrakesh

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If you plan on visiting Marrakesh, Morocco, the best time to visit the city is not during the summer! Spring and autumn are the best months to visit this bustling capital city, however there are popular, not-to-miss events during all the seasons. So take your pick!

Summer Season

June, July, and August feature the highest temperatures and crowds. Average temp during these months ranges from a max of 91-100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you don’t mind the heat, summer is the time to visit if you want to see the Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival in July, which attracts folk singers, fortune tellers, snake charmers, fire swallowers, and more from all over the country. The event takes place at the Djemma El Fna (main town square).

Horse-lovers can attend Fantasia, a traditional horse-riding show that features charging horsemen and women wearing traditional clothing, This happens in the evenings outside the cit walls, near the Bab Jdid. 

In the summer you can catch a Berber marriage-festival, aptly named the Imilchil Marriage Feast, where forty couples tie the knot in the Middle-High Atlas Mountains. Temperatures in the mountains are often a few degrees cooler! This annual event is held in late August.

Winter Months

Are you a skier? Well, then winter is the time for you to visit the Atlas mountains from mid-Jan to mid Feb, where there is enough snowfall to ski a few runs at the Oukaimeden Ski Resort, 50 miles away from Marrakesh. Broken ski lifts? No worries! A donkey will cart you up the slopes. The International Film festival is also held during the month of December.

Spring and Autumn

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are truly the best times to visit Marrakesh and surrounding areas. Temperatures range from 73-84 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring and hover in the 80s during the early part of fall. Also, the crowds aren’t as jam-packed as in the summer months (when students flock from Europe). The weather during these months is also pleasant enough to spend your day walking to popular attractions, such as the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Place, and the Ben Youssef Medersa. You can also take your meals at outdoor patio bistros in Djemma El Fna square and watch the bustling crowds without getting overheated.

Whenever you decide to go, try and avoid being in the capital city during the month of Ramadan, the Islamic holiday. Every year, the dates of Ramadan change, so be sure to check the calendar for the year you'll be visiting. During this month the locals abstain from eating from sunrise to sunset, and the hours of most shops, offices, and banks are unpredictable or entirely closed.

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