The climate year of Morocco
Only the narrow Strait of Gibraltar separates the North African kingdom from Spain and thus from the European continent. Morocco is the westernmost of the Maghreb countries, i.e. the Arab states North Africa located in the west (Arabic "al-maghrib") of the continent. To the north, Morocco borders the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean coast is for the most part very steep and rocky. In contrast, the Atlantic coast, which lies to the west, is very flat and sandy. The most popular vacation regions, such as Agadir, Casablanca or Essaouira, are also located on the Atlantic. In the south and east, the landscape is dominated by the mighty Atlas Mountains. The 4167 meter high Jabal Toubkal, about 60 kilometers south of Marrakech, is not only the highest mountain in Morocco, but also the highest in the High Atlas. The High Atlas is a climatic divide separating the Mediterranean part of the country from the Saharan Morocco in the west. South of the Atlas Mountains are already the fringes of the Sahara. Part of the Western Sahara is part of Morocco's territory, but the exact western borders are disputed internationally. As different as the landscapes are, as different are the climatic zones. Due to the influence of the seas, the coastal areas tend to belong to the continental climate zone, while the climate in Western Sahara is extremely dry and very hot.
General information about Morocco
The capital of Morocco is Rabat, worth seeing here especially the complex around the Hassan Tower, an unfinished mosque from the 12th century, the Kasbah (fortress) and the Medina (old town) pulsating with oriental market hustle and bustle. Rabat is one of the largest cities in the small country, along with Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech. Especially in Marrakech visitors come particularly close to the magic of the Orient. Furthermore, there are numerous impressive mosques, ruins and modern museums to visit. One should not miss the hustle and bustle of an oriental market, for example in Marrakech.
Morocco has two climate zones. In the north, as well as in the coastal regions, a milder climate dominated by the seas prevails. Summers are quite dry and moderately hot with average August temperatures between 23 and 29 °C. Winters are quite rainy, but mild. Temperatures rarely drop below 12 °C. Furthermore, the further south you go, the drier it gets. In the central part of the country, a strong continental climate prevails, with extremely hot summers and very cool winters. South of the Atlas Mountains, the climate is extremely dry and hot. In addition, the scirocco, a hot wind from the Sahara, blows at times during the summer months. The best time to travel to the north and west are the months between March and November, while the east and south are better visited from March to May and from October to November.