Casablanca in January: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 5.12.2023

Wondering about the weather in Casablanca in January? Read on for a run-down of everything you need to know. Here we cover everything from average air and sea temperatures, to what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, and what to wear.

Is January a good time to visit Casablanca?

January is a favourable time to explore Casablanca. The weather is quite cool and the chance of rain increases, but the general atmosphere remains comfortable for exploration. 

The advantage of Casablanca in January is fewer crowds, ensuring a quieter holiday compared to peak tourist seasons. So if you appreciate a quieter environment and cultural attractions, beginning of a new year offers favourable conditions to appreciate the charm of Morocco.

Thinking of visiting Casablanca in January? Talk to our local Morocco travel experts and save yourself the hustle of planning.

A line of tajines in a Moroccan market

Freshly cooked Tagine on Moroccan market @ Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Casablanca in January

The weather in Casablanca in January is characterised by relatively mild temperatures, both air and sea.

  • Air temperature: Average daily temperatures generally range from 10°C to 18°C (50°F - 64°F). Although it is considered winter in Casablanca, these temperatures are generally comfortable for exploration and outdoor activities.
  • Sea temperature: The sea temperature in January tends to be cooler than in other months. It usually ranges from 15°C to 17°C (59°F - 63°F). Although it is not as warm as in summer, some travellers may find it suitable for a refreshing dip, especially if they are used to cooler water.

Set on taking a trip to Morocco? Browse our inspirational Morocco itineraries to start planning your perfect holiday.

The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II is a mosque in Casablanca © Shutterstock

The Hassan II Mosque  in Casablanca © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in January

January is one of the wettest months in Casablanca and the city receives moderate rainfall at this time of year. The average rainfall for the month is between 70 and 80 mm (2.8 and 3.1 inches) and although it doesn't rain all the time, occasional showers can occur. 

To get the most out of a January trip to Casablanca it is advisable to prepare appropriate clothing, such as a light jacket or mackintosh, especially if you plan to explore the city or engage in outdoor activities.

For more details on the weather in Morocco around the year, read up on when to go to Morocco.

What about the crowd & cost?

Casablanca tends to have fewer tourists in January than during the peak seasons of spring and autumn. The city has a quieter atmosphere, which can be beneficial for those looking for a more relaxed and less crowded holiday. 

In January, attractions, restaurants, and accommodations in Casablanca tend to be less crowded, allowing tourists to enjoy a more intimate experience of the city. This means than accommodation prices and some services can be more affordable than during the peak season. However, it is important to check for specific events or festivals that may affect prices. 

Set on taking a winter break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in January.

The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II is a mosque in Casablanca © Shutterstock

The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Morocco itineraries

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to fully enjoy the weather in Casablanca in January without the planning or hassle. All of our planned itineraries are created by Morocco's local travel experts and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

  • Moroccan Cities and Ultimate Sahara (10 days): Follow the footsteps of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, and discover the blue and whitewashed buildings of Chefchaouen before heading on to Fez and consequently the desert. Stay overnight in a luxurious desert camp before continuing to Marrakech.
  • Imperial cities of Morocco (9 days): Discover Casablanca, the setting of the movie classic, before heading to Morocco's capital. From the busy streets of Rabat, you will continue to the blue and whitewashed buildings of Chefchaouen before heading to Fez and from there to Marrakech.
  • Iconic tour of Moroccan cities and deserts (15 days): Immerse in Morocco's nomadic desert life and cosmopolitan cities, blending culture, history, and desert adventures in one journey

Or browse our other Morocco itineraries.

Colorful handmade leather slippers (babouches) on a market in Marrakech, Morocco © Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock

Colorful hans-made leather slippers on Moroccan market @ Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Casablanca in January

As you prepare for your January trip to Casablanca, remember a few important travel tips for visiting Morocco.

What to pack for Casablanca in January

For a trip to Casablanca in January, considering the moderate temperatures and rare rains, bring layered clothing: long-sleeved shirts, jumpers and a jacket. Don't forget a waterproof jacket or mackintosh, comfortable trousers and walking shoes, and take accessories such as an umbrella, hat and sunglasses. 

You'll also want to be sure you have your travel documents and take a guidebook or map. Capture moments with your camera or smartphone, and take a language phrasebook if necessary. 

Get familiar with local etiquette

In Casablanca, it is very important to respect local etiquette. Greet with handshakes and dress modestly, especially in religious places. Show reverence for Islam, which is the main religion. Use your right hand when eating and take the tea or coffee offered. 

Learn a few phrases in Arabic and bargain while maintaining a friendly appearance. Ask permission before taking photos of people and give tips in restaurants and taxis. Following these customs will guarantee a respectful and fulfilling stay in this Moroccan city.

Take health precautions

Before travelling to Casablanca in January, prioritise health precautions. Take the necessary medications and a basic first-aid kit with you. 

Be careful with food and water, preferring to use bottled or purified water. Familiarise yourself with local medical facilities and take out travel insurance for added peace of mind.

Cathedral in Casablanca, Morocco © Shutterstock

Cathedral in Casablanca, Morocco @ Shutterstock

What to do in Casablanca in January

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Casablanca in January and the nuances of this month. To not miss any highlights, also read our list of the best things to do in Morocco at any time of year.

Shop at Habous Quarter

Go shopping in Casablanca's Habous neighbourhood, known for its artisanal charm. Explore the maze of streets lined with shops offering unique souvenirs and traditional Moroccan handicrafts. From intricate carpets to handmade ceramics, this market is a treasure trove for those looking for authentic and distinctive souvenirs.

Take a stroll through Parc de la Ligue Arab

Parc de la Ligue Arabe beckons with its serene atmosphere, allowing you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Strolling among lush greenery, and enjoying the serene lake and peaceful surroundings, the park is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or quiet reflection in Casablanca.

Relax in a traditional hammam

Indulge in a traditional hammam in Casablanca, immersing yourself in a revitalising spa ritual. The hammam, with its steam and exfoliation, not only rejuvenates the body but also offers a rich cultural experience, allowing you to relax and embrace Moroccan traditions.

Visit Villa des Arts

 Immerse yourself in a world of diverse expressions of creativity at the Villa des Arts in Casablanca. This cultural centre hosts dynamic exhibitions, engaging workshops and exciting performances celebrating Morocco's dynamic art scene.

Explore the Museum of Moroccan Judaism

Embark on a historic tour of the Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca. Delve into the vibrant past and heritage of the Moroccan Jewish community through fascinating exhibits, artefacts and stories that provide an in-depth insight into Morocco's cultural tapestry.

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Traditonal hammam spa in Morocco @ Shutterstock

Planning your November trip to Casablanca

Discover the beauty of Casablanca with the guidance of our local Morocco travel experts. We handle every detail of the planning and booking for your adventure. 

Whenever you're ready to set off on your journey, contact us, and we'll create a tailor-made itinerary to suit your desires.

Explore our existing Morocco itineraries for inspiration, knowing that each one can be adjusted to meet your specific preferences.

For more travel inspiration see our Rough Guide to Morocco

Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 5.12.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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