Morocco is pretty much an all-year-round destination and it's rare that you go many days without experiencing brilliant sunshine. And thanks to a lack of air traffic, the skies are clear and often a beautiful deep blue. So when is the best time to visit?
The photo collage above shows the same spot (looking north towards the pretty town of Azrou in the Middle Atlas) in
- spring (May 2006)
- autumn (September 2006) and
- winter (Jan 2007)
Spring (April/May) is my favourite time. The country is incredibly green with fields full of wild flowers and the daylight hours—especially towards the end of May—are long.
My second favourite time is winter (Jan/Feb). Morocco provides a great winter sun boost for those of us shivering in the northern latitudes and there's few tourists in the countryside. The land has recovered much of it's greenery from the scorching summer—so long as it's not covered with snow!
Autumn is OK, but the countryside is still scorched from the summer, and daylight hours are much shorter compared with May. Summer is a poor fourth choice, but if it's the only timeslot you have available, it's still worth visiting, though hotels with aircon might be essential for some.