Morocco in May: Weather, Travel Tips & More

Fatima O.

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May is when Morocco really comes alive. You’ve got awesome weather, colorful festivals, and tons of fun things to do, no matter what kind of traveler you are.

When we were living abroad, May was always the month we’d head to Morocco. And now, we’re going to share how to make the most of your Morocco trip in May.  

Morocco in May

May brings warmer weather to Morocco and attracts more tourists, making it busier and pricier compared to the quieter months.

If you’re considering a trip in May, be ready for the crowds. To skip the stress and avoid overpaying for travel and places to stay, planning and booking ahead is the way to go.

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Weather in May

So, May in Morocco is pretty much perfect. You’re looking at days that are warm but not too hot, with temps usually hovering between a comfy 68°F and a warmer 79°F (20°C to 26°C).

But here’s the thing: If you’re chilling by the coast in places like Casablanca or Essaouira, it’s going to be on the cooler side. Venture inland to Marrakech, and things start heating up. 

Also, in May the Sahara Desert is another level of hot during the day, but it actually gets kinda chilly at night.

What to Wear in May

Packing for Morocco is all about layers. You’ll want light, breezy clothes for the day and something a bit warmer for evenings, especially if you’re out in the desert or up in the mountains. 

Good walking shoes are a must (because you’ll be doing lots of exploring), and don’t forget the essentials like a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to keep those sun rays at bay.

Must-Visit Places in May


No visit to Morocco is complete without experiencing the vibrant city of Marrakech.

This city is like the heart of Morocco’s hustle and bustle, with its colorful markets, stunning architecture, and lush gardens. It’s a feast for the senses.


For me, Fes feels like stepping back in time. It’s home to the oldest university in the world and a Medina that’ll make your jaw drop. 

Plus, the leather tanneries are something else – in a good way!


The blue city of Chefchaouen is a photographer’s dream. A city painted in every shade of blue you can imagine. That’s Chefchaouen.

It’s not just gorgeous, it’s also the perfect place for trekking and outdoor adventures.

Sahara Desert

A trip to the Sahara Desert offers an unforgettable adventure. Whether you’re riding camels, spending a night under the stars, or sliding down sand dunes, it’s a must-experience.

driking sugarcane juice in Morocco

Activities to do in Morocco in May

Cooking Classes

Moroccan food is a world of flavor. Taking a cooking class is a fantastic way to take a piece of Morocco home with you. 

Learn how to make traditional dishes like Tagine, couscous, and mint tea.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

For a different perspective, consider a hot air balloon ride over Marrakech. The views of the landscape at dawn are simply breathtaking.


May is an excellent month for surfing, especially in the coastal towns of Taghazout and Essaouira. 

Festivals to attend in May

Gnaoua World Music Festival (Essaouira)

This festival, usually held in late May or early June, is a celebration of Gnaoua music, a beautiful blend of African, Berber, and Arabic sounds.

 It attracts musicians from around the world and transforms Essaouira into a vibrant, music-filled town.

Rose Festival (El Kelaa M’Gouna)

If your trip coincides with this festival, you’re in for a treat. Celebrated in late May, the festival marks the harvest of roses in the Valley of Roses

It’s an opportunity to experience local culture, music, and unique products made from roses.

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Other Travel Tips

Currency Exchange: Not many places accept credit cards, so having local currency (Moroccan Dirham) is important in the souks.

Respect Local Customs: Morocco is a Muslim country, and showing respect towards local customs and dress codes is appreciated.

Stay Hydrated: The warmer temperatures in May mean it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Always carry water with you during your explorations.

Language: Arabic and Amazigh are the primary languages, but French is widely spoken. Learning a few basic phrases in Arabic or French can enhance your travel experience.

Morocco Beyond May

While May is a great time to experience Morocco’s lively atmosphere, the rest of the year also promises unique travel experiences. Check the Morocco weather and our travel tips for every month of the year.

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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