Marrakech in February: weather and travel tips

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 07.12.2023

Marrakech, the "Red City," has an allure that's hard to resist, with its bustling souks, historic palaces, and aromatic street food. But does February provide the ideal backdrop for your Marrakech experience? In this guide, we'll delve into the weather in Marrakech in February as well as travel tips, and insights for your trip.

Is February a good time to visit Marrakech?

If you're planning a trip to Marrakech, February can be a delightful time to visit. The weather in Marrakech in February allows you to explore the enchanting city without the sweltering summer heat.

Don't forget to pack your umbrella or raincoat, as there's a chance of occasional rainfall. February is a quieter time to experience the city's magic, so you can immerse yourself in its culture and history with more peace and tranquillity. Exploring this city in any weather is one of the best things to do in Morocco.

Colourful towers of aromatic spices are a signature feature of Marrakech's souks

The weather in Marrakech in February is great for seeing Marrakech's souks © Christopher Clark

Air & sea temperatures in Marrakech in February

In February, Marrakech is still in the embrace of winter, with temperatures leaning toward the cool side, especially after dark and in the early mornings. Expect the average air temperature to range from a crisp 8°C (46°F) at night to a more welcoming 20°C (68°F) during the day. 

While Marrakech isn't graced with a seaside, many travellers venture to nearby coastal gems like Essaouira and Agadir. Sea temperatures in these coastal havens run a bit cooler than the city, typically averaging 15-17°C (59-63°F) during February.

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

Average rainfall in February

February in Marrakech is still considered part of the winter season, and the city experiences relatively low levels of rainfall. On average, Marrakech receives around 31 millimetres (1.22 inches) of rainfall during the month. While it's one of the wetter months in the city, the rain is usually in the form of sporadic showers, and it's unlikely to disrupt your travel plans significantly.

Morocco, Marrakech, the tanneries

Morocco, Marrakech, the tanneries © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

Exploring Marrakech in February is a hidden gem for savvy travellers. As it's considered the city's low season, the streets and sites are delightfully uncrowded, allowing you to soak up the city's magic with ease.

But that's not all – your wallet will thank you too. Accommodations and flights are often more budget-friendly in February, with many hotels and riads offering discounted rates. It's the perfect time for a wallet-friendly adventure in Marrakech.

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Ben Youssef Medersa, Houses of Prayer, Marrakech, Morocco

The weather in Marrakech in February is great for seeing Ben Youssef Medersa © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Marrakech in February

As you embark on your journey to Marrakech, prepare not only for the warm temperatures. Embrace the vibrant local culture, but remember to be respectful. To avoid making a faux pas, read our Morocco travel tips.

What to wear in Marrakech in February

In Marrakech during February, you should be prepared for fluctuating temperatures. The mornings and evenings can be quite cool, so it's advisable to layer your clothing. Start with a long-sleeved shirt or blouse and add a lightweight sweater or jacket that you can easily shed during the warmer part of the day. Opt for trousers or long skirts to keep warm.

Explore on foot

Marrakech is best explored on foot, so wear comfortable walking shoes to navigate the city's labyrinthine streets, bustling markets, and historical sites. Walking allows you to immerse yourself in the city's vibrant culture and discover hidden gems.

Cultural sensitivity

Respect local customs and cultural norms. Morocco is a conservative country, so dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites. Women should cover their shoulders and knees. Be aware of local prayer times, when some shops and attractions may close temporarily. Always ask for permission before taking photos of locals.

Book guided tours

Consider booking guided tours to gain a deeper understanding of Marrakech's rich history and culture. Local guides can provide valuable insights, ensuring you make the most of your visit and learn about the city's fascinating heritage.

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

Colourful handmade leather slippers (babouche) © Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock

What to do in Marrakech in February

February in Marrakech offers a unique blend of cultural celebrations and outdoor explorations. Make sure to read our blog about a perfect weekend in Marrakech.

Here are some wonderful activities to consider during your visit:

Almond Blossom Festival

In February, consider attending the Almond Blossom Festival, a delightful celebration of the almond tree's blossoms. It typically takes place in the Atlas Mountains surrounding Marrakech. The festival features folk music, traditional dancing, and the opportunity to enjoy the almond trees in full bloom, creating a picturesque setting.

Majorelle Garden

Don't miss the Majorelle Garden, a serene and enchanting botanical oasis. The vibrant blue villa and lush exotic plants make this garden a picturesque escape. Stroll through the tranquil paths, visit the on-site museum, and admire the extraordinary collection of plants and sculptures.

Kaoutuobia Mosque

Marvel at the Koutoubia Mosque, one of Marrakech's most iconic landmarks. The mosque's towering minaret is a stunning architectural masterpiece and a significant historical site. Be sure to visit the gardens surrounding the mosque for a serene experience.

Inside the bustle of the medina

Inside the bustle of the medina © Christopher Clark

Day trip to the Atlas Mountains

Take a day trip to the nearby Atlas Mountains for a breathtaking adventure. The mountains offer opportunities for hiking, taking in the magnificent scenery, and visiting Berber villages. Enjoy the cool mountain air and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Try Moroccan cuisine

Indulge in Moroccan cuisine at local restaurants. Sample traditional dishes such as tagines, couscous, pastries, and refreshing Moroccan mint tea. Marrakech is a haven for food lovers, and February's cooler temperatures make it an ideal time to enjoy the flavours.

Explore the medina

Wander through the historic medina and immerse yourself in the heart of Marrakech. Explore the bustling souks, admire the ornate architecture of the Bahia Palace, and uncover the history of the Saadian Tombs. As you explore the labyrinthine streets, you'll encounter the vibrant tapestry of the city's culture.

Traditional Moroccan mint tea with sweets © Shutterstock

Traditional Moroccan mint tea with sweets © Shutterstock

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Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 07.12.2023

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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