Are you day dreaming about a winter holiday to the amazing Morocco? If so, I would like to tell you this: Absolutely go for it! Book your ticket now and don’t look back. Start planning your itinerary and count down the days until you can enjoy the wonderful N-African sun, the fascinating & unique Moroccan culture and the amazing local cuisine.
January is the coldest month of the year in most european countries and in N-Africa. However, speaking from my own personal experience I can tell you that visiting Morocco in January or during winter in general is absolutely perfect for so many reasons. Here in this post I will share with you my personal experience and few things that are good to know before your trip.
WEATHER IN MOROCCO
So, first things first. We booked our Morocco holiday not only to experience this amazing country but also as a “sunny holiday”. Coming from Iceland, right now, the temperature is -10°C back home and our hometown is covered under tons of snow. Therefore, escaping to Morocco in January is absolutely perfect as we can enjoy sun and 20°C/68F every day! With this being said it’s obvious that even though January is the coldest month of the year in Morocco, it is still just perfect for us.
Here is a small chart showing average temperature in Morocco. The yellow column stands for the average temperature during day and the green one is the average low during night. In my experience it often got a lot warmer during the days.
Also, keep in mind that the weather can vary a lot between different parts of Morocco. It is a very large country and the temperature can be completely different in Marrakech in the centre compared to Essaouria on the coast, the Sahara desert in the South-East or the other larger cities in the North.
We chose to travel in January because that is the coldest month in Iceland – But as soon as you delay your trip until February, it will be significantly warmer.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAY & NIGHT
Another thing that you should definitely know before your winter Morocco trip is that although the temperature gets quite warm during the day, it is significantly cooler in the mornings and afternoons and this big difference in temperature was what surprised me the most.
At this time of the year the day is short with sunrise at around 7am and sunset right before 6pm and the temperature normally peaks at around 3-4pm with 18°C-24°C. However, between 19pm-11am it is significantly colder and can get down to a few degrees on the Celsius scale.
So, be prepared to wear shorts and t-shirts in the day – But a warm jacket is necessary if you plan on spending some time outside in the evenings! The January night temperature surprised me so I bought this jacket on my 2nd. day!
WHAT TO PACK
It is definitely important to keep this difference in temperature between day and mornings/afternoon in mind when packing!
Therefore, you want to pack your swimsuit, shorts, t-shirts and overall summer gear – But also jeans, warm sweaters etc AND a warm jacket!
Also, it’s good to keep in mind that Morocco is a muslim country and to some people it can be a sign of disrespect to show or expose too much skin – It can be specially frowned upon if ladies show long legs or their shoulders. However, in general shorts are not too short and shoulders should be covered.
Today, Morocco is super tourist friendly and has become much more open for different cultures. Therefore you might well see men or women showing their legs or shoulders in Morocco without having any problems. Still for me personally, I think it definitely doesn’t hurt to also respect some local traditions.
OTHER TRAVELLERS IN MOROCCO:
Another huge bonus for visiting Morocco in the winter is that this is definitely the low tourist season. Meaning there are far less tourists around, even though the medina in Marrakech is always packed with people!
We experienced this especially when we travelled outside of the largest cities – In smaller towns – and specially on our 4 day desert tour we were almost always the only travellers in the area!
Lastly, wherever you travel during low-seasons you can expect to get better rates. This can apply for flights, hotels and in restaurant and shop prices. The hotel prices are the first sign and there it can vary significantly.
Price differences are maybe less noticeable in shops and restaurants but store owners are more open to a good bargain when they are less busy and have fewer opportunities to make a sale. This definitely applies in Morocco where almost everything is a bargain and fixed price shops / markets are rarely seen.
Another tip: Since everything is a bargain – Keep in mind that you can usually always immediately cut 50% off the first price that your salesman will give you. In my experience, you can usually go a lot lower. I have got to know this with shoes, carpets, ceramic, oils and literally every product bought in the souks.
That is enough for now! I really hope this short post has given you a better insight and offered some valuable information for your Morocco visit – But if there is anything that I could possible add to this post or if you have questions about Morocco and your trip – Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or leave a comment below!