Christmas in the sunshine: where to go for winter sun in Morocco

If you’re looking for the best time to visit Morocco, it’s got to be the winter months. From December to February, the weather is warm and mild, there are fewer crowds, and the Atlas Mountains are in full view against the clear blue sky. For winter sun chasers, there’s plenty of sunshine throughout the season, and it’s perfect for exploring the magical markets, desert villages and coastal cities. Ready to spend your Christmas season in the sunshine? Here’s where to go on your winter holiday in Morocco.

What is the winter weather like in Morocco?

You can expect to get a taste of all kinds of weather on your winter holiday in Morocco. While the Sahara Desert will be hot, the Atlas Mountains will be quite chilly, and the Mediterranean coastal cities will be warm and mild. On average, you can expect sunny days and cooler nights. From December to February, the night time average is 7°C, while the daytime average is 20°C. You’ll also get around 8 hours of sunshine during these months, so you’re in for plenty of lovely winter sun.

What to wear on a winter holiday in Morocco

If you’re moving around Morocco in winter, you’ll probably experience a range of temperatures – so be sure to check the forecast before you go. We recommend packing for both hot and cold weather. You’ll need t-shirts, hats and sunglasses during the day, but jackets and warm layers in the evening. You can even bring a waterproof coat in case of rain, and be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. 

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Where to go for winter sun in Morocco

Marrakech

Marrakech in winter is simply wonderful. You get a clear view of the Atlas Mountains from the streets, and the weather is perfect for exploring. Plus there’s a vibrant, bustling atmosphere to the city. There’s always lots to see and do in Marrakech, from exploring the beautiful Majorelle Gardens and the Berber Museum to enjoying local Moroccan cuisine.

When you visit Marrakech with Trafalgar, we’ll take you to the stunning Bajia Palace, the lively Djemaa el Fna Square in the Old Quarter, and the largest traditional souk in the country. You’ll even get to know the local culture by indulging in regional dinners or watching a traditional Berber show. Whatever you do, Marrakech is the ultimate winter sun escape in Morocco. 

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Rabat

This green and elegant capital city is one of the best places to visit for a winter holiday in Morocco. You’ll love exploring all the treasures of Rabat in the winter sun, from the ancient Kasbah of the Udayas, to the grand 17th-century Palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. With bustling medinas, beachside clubs, and lush, palm-lined parks to explore, Rabat is sure to leave you feeling inspired and refreshed on your Morocco winter holiday.

Casablanca

The romance and mystery of Casablanca is the perfect recipe for a winter holiday in Morocco. We’ll take you on a journey to this coastal city, made famous in the Hollywood film of the same name. Casablanca is also said to have been a favourite holiday destination of Sir Winston Churchill.

See the stunning Hassan II Mosque with the world’s tallest minaret, or experience the sights and sounds of Casablanca by night at the dazzling Jemaa el Fna Square. From the local cuisine to the gorgeous scenery, a Casablanca winter sun holiday is always a good idea.

Tangier

Although it’s winter, the sun is always out in December in Tangier, and you’re sure to fall in love with this laidback port city, just like everyone else. Tangier has been a favourite haunt of famous artists and writers throughout the years, and there’s all kinds of history and culture to explore, not to mention sun-kissed Mediterranean shores. Head to Cap Spartel for stunning views, explore the fascinating Cave of Hercules or learn about Tangier’s ancient history as a gateway between Europe and Africa.

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Essaouira

Swap the Mediterranean for the Atlantic Coast on your winter holiday in Morocco, and make waves in Essaouira. This peaceful seaside town is famed for its fishing industry, delicious seafood, and remnants of its time as a coastal fortress in the 16th century. We’ll take you on a city tour around the UNESCO-listed Medina, the Skala fortress and the Jewish Quarter, where you can soak up all the history and culture of Essaouira (and of course that wonderful winter sun!).

Fes

As the country’s oldest imperial city, you can’t miss visiting Fes on your Morocco winter holiday. We’ll introduce you to a Local Specialist who will show you around all the highlights, from the vibrant Medina, one of the world’s largest medieval centres, to the Royal Palace. Discover Morocco’s ancient leathercraft and admire traditional handmade carpets. Spend your days in Fes shopping up a storm, or duck down the enticing alleyways to make your own adventure.

You’ll also get to meet the locals when we take you for a local feast in a Riad, with traditional belly dancing and entertainment. You can even visit the nearby Bhalil village, and learn how the local dwellings are expertly carved from rock to stay warm in winter and cool in summer – perfect for the Moroccan climate.

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Explore the Sahara Desert

Winter in Morocco is the very best time to explore the Sahara Desert. It’s much cooler than the blazing summer months, and you’ll still get clear skies during the day. If you’re sensitive to the heat, December is the perfect month to visit the Sahara.

When you travel Morocco with Trafalgar, we’ll climb aboard a jeep and travel to the spectacular sand dunes of the Sahara. You’ll have the chance to get some magical photos, plus you’ll get to meet some of the local Berber tribesmen. You can even try out the traditional headdress that protects them from the elements of the desert.

Head into the High Atlas Mountains

If you love cooler weather, the Atlas Mountains is the perfect destination, with mild daytime temperatures around 15°C. We’ll take you through the magical mountains and oases of this region, stopping at all the highlights like Tinghir, Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate, the location for many famous movies like ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.

You’ll also get to stay overnight at one of Trafalgar’s most incredible Stays With Stories – Xaluca Dades – where you’ll be surrounded by the magnificent Atlas Mountains. We’ll even take you to the UNESCO-listed village of Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains to admire the red clay architecture and take you driving along the scenic Tizi-n-Tichka Pass.

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