Morocco in October: Weather, Travel Tips, & More

Fatima O.

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October is a fantastic month to visit Morocco. The weather is just right – not too hot and not too cold – making it perfect for all sorts of adventures, from exploring cities to hiking mountains and even sleeping under the stars in the desert. 

Let’s dive into what makes October in Morocco so special, including the weather you can expect, what to pack, and some of the best places and activities to check out.

Weather in October

In October, Morocco is all about cool comfort. You’ll find the days pleasantly warm, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s to the mid-30s degrees Celsius (that’s the 70s to mid-90s in Fahrenheit), depending on where you are in the country.

Essaouira beach

Coastal cities like Essaouira and Casablanca are mild and breezy – perfect for beach walks or exploring markets.

And the Sahara Desert? It gets cooler at night, making it great for stargazing after a day of adventure.

What to Wear in October

Packing for Morocco in October means being ready for anything. Here’s a simple packing list to help you out:

Daytime Attire: Opt for light, breathable fabrics. Long-sleeve shirts, tunics, and loose-fitting pants or maxi skirts are perfect for staying comfortable while respecting local customs. The sun can still be strong, so clothing that covers your skin will protect you from sunburn.

Evening Wear: As the sun sets, especially in the desert or mountain areas, the temperature can drop. Pack a cozy sweater or a light jacket to stay warm during your evening outings.

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Marrakech city in October

Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes are a must for navigating the cobblestone streets of ancient Medinas and rocky desert landscapes. Sandals are great for warmer days and beach outings.

Sun Protection : The sun’s rays are still potent in October. A wide-brimmed hat or cap and sunglasses are essential for protection. A lightweight scarf can also provide shade and warmth as needed. Don’t forget a travel umbrella for unexpected rain showers or extra sun protection.

Note on Respectful Attire

Morocco is a Muslim country, and while it’s modern and welcoming to tourists, dressing conservatively is a sign of respect. Both men and women should try and cover shoulders and knees, especially when visiting mosques or traditional neighborhoods.

Read more: What To Wear In Morocco? (+Free Packing List)

Top Places to Visit in Morocco in October

October’s awesome weather opens up all of Morocco for exploring. Here are some highlights:

Marrakech: Cooler and less crowded, the city is alive with night markets and beautiful gardens. Read more about Marrakech

Chefchaouen: Wander the peaceful, blue streets of this mountain town. Read more about Chefchaouen

Fez: Dive into the history and culture of Morocco’s spiritual heart. Read more about Fez

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Fez old Medina

Sahara Desert: Enjoy the milder temperatures with a camel trek or a night under the stars. Read more about Sahara Desert trip.

Essaouira: Relax by the sea or try some water sports in this breezy coastal town. Read more about Essaouira

Atlas Mountains: Perfect for hiking, with stunning views and cool air. Here is our favorite Atlas Mountains escape.

Agadir: Ideal for a sunny beach day with less crowding. Learn more about Agadir

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Best Activities to do in Morocco in October

Here’s what you can’t miss doing in October:

Explore the Old Medinas: Lose yourself (figuratively!) in the bustling, historic centers of cities like Marrakech and Fez.

Street Food Adventure: Taste your way through Morocco’s rich flavors and dishes. Here isa guide on what to eat in Morocco

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Morocco street food

Hiking: The Atlas Mountains are calling, with perfect weather for trekking.

Camel Trekking: A must-do, whether in the Sahara or the Palm Groves near Marrakech. Here is what you need to know about Camel Trekking in Morocco.

Surfing: Catch some waves in Taghazout as the surfing season kicks off.

Chill at the Beach: Essaouira’s beaches are beautiful and less crowded.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: See Marrakech from above at sunrise.

Relax in a Hammam: Experience a traditional Moroccan spa day. Here’s what to expect during a Moroccan Hammam experience.

October Festivals in Morocco

Make sure you check out these awesome festivals:

Erfoud Date Festival: In Erfoud, a town famous for its dates, they have a big party to celebrate the end of the date harvest. It goes on for three days with fun parades, music, and lots of date dishes to try. It’s a colorful and lively way to see local traditions and enjoy some sweet treats.

Taragalte Festival: Imagine music and culture right in the middle of the Sahara Desert. That’s the Taragalte Festival near M’Hamid El Ghizlane. Over three days, musicians from all over the world come together under the stars. It’s a cool mix of sounds and a great way to learn about the desert’s environment too.

MOGA Electronic Music Festival: In the beautiful coastal city of Essaouira, there’s the MOGA Festival. It’s all about electronic music and art, blending modern beats with Morocco’s rich traditions. Mid-October is when it happens, bringing together DJs and artists from everywhere to play in this historic place.

Wrapping up

Visiting Morocco in October is amazing, but if you’re thinking about going at a different time, make sure to look at our “When to Visit” section. Each part of the year shows a different side of Morocco.

Remember to pack right, be respectful of the local ways, and get ready for an incredible adventure in this lively place.

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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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