Morocco in July: Opportunities amid Sweltering Heat
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July does not tick off as an ideal time to visit Morocco, considering the hot, arid climate conditions in most parts of the country. However, if you know your way around, there is no other month better than July to discover Morocco. There are plenty of events to attend during this month, and the beaches offer the perfect condition to relax and get that tan on!
Morocco Weather in July
It is hot in Morocco in July. Its inland areas and towns surrounding the Sahara experience summer in full wrath during this time of year, but the coastline has cooler, milder weather. If you are considering a trip to the High Atlas Mountains, make sure that you opt for areas on higher elevations where temperatures are not too hot.
Coastal cities enjoy ideal beach conditions during this month. For example, cities such as Nador, located in the north of the country, experience highs of 29℃ and lows of 22℃. Likewise, it is cooler along the country’s western coast — thanks to sea breezes. Here, in cities like Essaouira, temperatures range from 23℃ to 18℃.
The High Atlas Mountains have warm temperatures with an average of 29℃. But this does not mean you cannot hike to Imlil or immerse yourself in the beauty of the canyons of the Todra Gorge! In fact, at high altitudes, the climate is way cooler. For instance, a trip to Mount Toubkal allows visitors to experience lows of 18℃ and highs of 27℃.
Meanwhile, the desert is the hottest area in the country. Ouarzazate, in the Sahara Desert, experiences an unforgiving 38℃. We would, therefore, recommend thinking twice about including this region in your travel plans for July.
For a seasonal overview, you can go through our article on the best time to visit Morocco.
Weather in Morocco in July - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||19||21||25||27||29||35||38||38||33||29||23||20|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||6||8||11||13||15||19||21||21||19||16||11||8|
|Avg Daily (°F)||66.2||69.8||77||80.6||84.2||95||100.4||100.4||91.4||84.2||73.4||68|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||42.8||46.4||51.8||55.4||59||66.2||69.8||69.8||66.2||60.8||51.8||46.4|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||32||38||38||39||24||5||1||3||6||24||41||13|
Why Visit Morocco in July
Most people visit Morocco during spring and fall to avoid the summer heat. But if you know where to go, you can enjoy the country even in the peak summer months!
- Fewer tourists: July is a low tourist season in Morocco. If you are up for exploring its cities in the sweltering heat, you can have most of the attractions to yourself. Take your time to roam around the famous blue alleys of Chefchaouen. This blue town is usually crowded with tourists during peak seasons. Alternatively, you can shop at the souks of Marrakech or embrace the sight of the medina in Fes at your own pace.
- Cheaper rates: July is also ideal for people traveling on a budget as this month offers cheaper deals compared to high-season months. You will be able to find more affordable deals for both your accommodation and flights during this time of year.
- Festivals and celebrations: The Algeria Festival is one of the highlights for anyone heading to Morocco in July. This festivity takes place in Chefchaouen to celebrate local music and here you will find local musicians fusing traditional Moroccan music with Spanish and Latin American tunes. The Asilah Arts Festival is another event to watch out for. Event-goers travel to the country's north to experience the thrills of concerts, exhibitions, and various performances. At the end of July, the whole of Morocco celebrates the Feast of the Throne. This national holiday marks the ascendance of King Mohammad VI to the country’s throne.
- Beaches galore: Morocco’s weather in July is suitable for relaxing on the beach! Head out to Agadir, Essaouira, M'Diq, and Cabo Negro to bask in the Moroccan sun, or swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
Where to go What to do
July offers ideal conditions for sightseeing tours in Rabat, Tangier, and Agadir. These major cities are not buzzing with tourists, which means visitors can explore attractions at their own pace.
Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat and wander around the city’s Kasbah district. If your itinerary includes Agadir, make sure that you explore local souqs and see its ancient citadel. Tangier offers plenty of activities for all tastes. You can visit the Grande Mosquée and enjoy local Moroccan mint tea at Petit Socco.
Away from the city, the coastal town of Mirleft offers plenty of summertime activities. This area has stunning beaches and ample surfing opportunities too. You might want to add the High Atlas Mountains to your itinerary if you love trekking. Summit Jebel Toubkal, one of the highest peaks in Africa, and take a detour to Ifni Lake for a refreshing swim.
Visiting Morocco in July allows you to reap the benefits of a low-season month. Though the sun blazes with all its might during this time of year, there are still plenty of possibilities to explore. Browse through our travel guide on how many days to spend in Morocco for further insights on destinations and activities in Morocco in July. To create an itinerary that best suits you, reach out to our Morocco travel experts for a customized trip to Morocco. Or, for instant inspiration, you can check our tours to Morocco in July.