Morocco in March: Weather, Travel Tips, and More

Fatima O.

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Visiting Morocco in March? You’re in for a treat! This time of year, you’ll witness Morocco in its spring glory, offering you mild weather, fewer tourists, and an array of activities that showcase the season’s best. 

In this guide, I will walk you through what you need to know about the weather, what to pack, where to visit, activities to try, and festivals to catch in March.

Morocco in March

March is a great time to visit Morocco because the weather is pleasant and everything is starting to bloom. However, March also coincides with Ramadan (this year, 2024, Ramadan falls between March 11 and April 10).

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, focusing on spirituality and family. This changes the usual pace of life in Morocco, impacting business hours and the availability of food.

Read our post about visiting Morocco during Ramadan to help you plan and decide if you want to visit during this holy month.

Morocco weather in March

Spring steps into Morocco in March, providing a delightful escape from winter’s chill and the upcoming summer heat. 

You’ll find daytime temperatures comfortable, ranging from 20°C to 25°C (that’s 68°F to 77°F) in cities like Marrakech and Fez. 

Nights in the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert cool down, whereas coastal cities like Essaouira and Casablanca offer gentle temperatures around 18°C to 22°C (64°F to 72°F). 

Also, expect the occasional rain, more so in northern and coastal areas.

What to Wear in March

Morocco’s weather in March can be unpredictable, so packing layers is your best bet.

Include light, long-sleeved tops for sun protection and bring extra layers for the evenings. 

A rain jacket will come in handy for surprise showers. Also, make sure your shoes are comfortable for both city explorations and mountain hikes. 

Hats, sunglasses, and scarves are must-haves during a March trip. 

Must-Visit Places in March

March is the perfect month to dive into Morocco’s diverse landscapes and cities without battling the crowds:

Marrakech: Wander through blooming gardens like the Majorelle and Menara, offering peaceful escapes within the bustling city.

Atlas Mountains: The melting snow opens up hiking opportunities. Trek through Toubkal National Park for stunning vistas and encounters with Berber villages.

Sahara Desert: Enjoy the desert’s cooler evenings and pleasant days on camel rides and in desert camps.

Chefchaouen: Meander through the tranquil, blue streets of this picturesque mountain town.

Essaouira: Seek out this coastal city for its refreshing breeze, beautiful beaches, and dynamic Medina.

Activities to Engage in March

With the mild weather, March invites you to a variety of Moroccan experiences:

Hike the Atlas Mountains: Accessible trails offer incredible scenery and a peek into village life.

Embark on Desert Adventures: The Sahara welcomes you with ideal conditions for camel treks and stargazing.

Discover Historic Medinas: Fes and Marrakech open their doors to reveal artisans, ancient palaces, and vibrant spring colors.

Surf in Taghazout: Ride the welcoming waves at this surf haven near Agadir.

Join a Cooking Class: Master traditional Moroccan dishes using the season’s fresh produce.

Festivals to Experience in March

In March, Morocco comes alive with festivals that showcase its rich culture and traditions.

These are the three events you can’t miss.

International Nomads Festival: Held in M’Hamid El Ghizlane, this festival is a celebration of nomadic cultures from around the world. Visitors can enjoy music, dance, and storytelling, offering a glimpse into the lifestyles of communities that move from place to place. The festival’s website has all the details you need to plan your visit.

Almond Blossom Festival: In the scenic Tafraoute region, the blooming almond trees are celebrated with a festival that’s a feast for the senses. This event features traditional Berber music, dance, and other festivities, marking the arrival of spring in a spectacular way.

Casablanca Fashion Week: For those interested in fashion, Casablanca Fashion Week is the perfect opportunity to see the latest trends in Moroccan design. This event showcases a mix of well-established and up-and-coming designers.

Morocco Beyond March

March is a great time to visit Morocco, but the country’s charm and adventures last all year.

If you’re planning a trip for another time of the year, make sure to check out our guides for each month to plan ahead.

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About Fatima O.

Fatima, born and raised along the foothills of the Atlas mountains, in the heartland of the indigenous Amazigh peoples. She loves Moroccan tea and travel. Now, she travels and writes about the beauty of her homeland.

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