Marrakech in March: weather and travel tips

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 07.12.2023

March is a month of transition in Marrakech, as the city awakens from the winter slumber and embraces the warmth of spring. But is March the right time for your Marrakech adventure? In this guide, we'll delve into the weather in Marrakech in March as well as travel tips, and insights for your trip. 

Is March a good time to visit Marrakech?

March is often regarded as one of the best times to venture to Marrakech. The weather is simply perfect for outdoor adventures and sightseeing. You'll encounter fewer rainy days and more sunshine, and the city's gardens and landscapes will burst with colour. 

Be sure to book your accommodations and activities in advance, as Marrakech tends to attract more visitors during this lovely month. Exploring Marrakech is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Morocco.


Olives for sale in Marrakech © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Marrakech in March

As March descends upon Marrakech, this enchanting Moroccan city undergoes a subtle transformation, shifting from winter's chill to the pleasant embrace of spring. The average air temperature in Marrakech during this time ranges from a cosy 12°C (54°F) in the evening to a comfortable 22°C (72°F) during the day. 

While Marrakech doesn't offer direct access to the sea, nearby coastal escapes like Essaouira and Agadir beckon. The sea temperatures in these coastal paradises hover around 16-18°C (61-64°F) during March.

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

Average rainfall in March

The weather in Marrakech in March is generally associated with pleasant and mild weather, and rainfall remains relatively low. On average, Marrakech receives around 24 millimetres (0.94 inches) of rainfall during March. 

While the rain is not overly abundant, it can bring some much-needed relief to the arid landscapes of the region and contribute to the blooming of gardens and vegetation, making it a great time to witness the city's rejuvenation after the winter months.

Are you certain about March? Make sure to read all about the weather in Morocco in March.

Souk Marrakesh

The weather in Marrakech in March is great for seeing the souks © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

The city experiences an increase in tourists compared to February, but it's not as crowded as the peak season. Popular sites may have more visitors, especially during the latter part of the month. 

While still relatively budget-friendly compared to the peak season, the cost of accommodations and flights may begin to increase in March as more tourists arrive. Prices for accommodations may vary depending on the specific dates of your visit.

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Cookery classes are a great way to get a real feel for Marrakesh

Cookery classes are a great way to get a real feel for Marrakesh © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Marrakech in March

Marrakech in March offers a delightful blend of mild weather and cultural experiences. To avoid making a faux pas, read our Morocco travel tips.

What to wear in Marrakech in March

Lightweight clothing is the way to go, with dresses, shorts, and short-sleeved shirts being appropriate choices. Given the strong sun, be sure to have sun protection like sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.

 Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as Marrakech is best explored on foot. While the days are mild, it's still a good idea to pack a light jacket or shawl for cooler evenings.

Respect local customs

When visiting Marrakech, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Morocco is a conservative country, so travellers should dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Women should cover their shoulders and knees. Be mindful of local prayer times when some shops and attractions may temporarily close. Always seek permission before taking photos of locals.

Try local cuisine

Experiencing local cuisine is a must in Marrakech. Explore local restaurants and sample traditional Moroccan dishes such as tagines, couscous, and mint tea. Street food vendors offer a variety of delectable treats, including pastries and fresh fruit, which are worth trying while exploring the medina.

Know Mosque visiting times

If you plan to visit mosques or religious sites, it's important to be aware of the mosque visiting times. While tourists are generally welcome at certain mosques, it's crucial to time your visit outside of the daily prayer hours to avoid disruption. Showing respect for the religious customs of the locals is essential.

Market and Food Stalls, Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco, Africa ©  Ivan Soto Cobos/Shutterstock

Market and Food Stalls, Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh ©  Ivan Soto Cobos/Shutterstock

What to do in Marrakech in March 

March in Marrakech brings pleasant weather and an array of exciting activities to enjoy. Here are some great options for your visit:

International Magic Festival

Marrakech hosts the International Magic Festival in March, a mesmerizing event that showcases the talents of magicians from around the world. Be prepared to witness astonishing magic tricks and illusions that will leave you in awe. It's a family-friendly and enchanting experience that's sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

Rose Festival in Kelaat M'Gouna

March is an excellent time to explore the nearby Valley of Roses during the Rose Festival in Kelaat M'Gouna. This event celebrates the annual rose harvest, and you can enjoy parades, music, traditional dances, and the opportunity to see the roses being transformed into rosewater and rose oil. It's a delightful cultural experience in a beautiful setting.

Souk shopping

Exploring the souks (markets) in Marrakech is a must-do activity in March. Delve into the vibrant and bustling labyrinth of narrow streets, where you'll find an array of local goods, such as textiles, pottery, spices, and handmade crafts. Test your bargaining skills while shopping for unique souvenirs.


The weather in Marrakech in March is great for seeing the souks © Shutterstock

Dine in Djemaa El Fina Square

Djemaa El Fina Square comes alive in the evenings, offering a captivating atmosphere filled with street performers, food stalls, and local entertainment. Dining in this vibrant square allows you to savour Moroccan street food and immerse yourself in the city's dynamic street culture.

Enjoy Marrakech’s gardens and parks

March is an ideal time to visit Marrakech's beautiful gardens and parks. Stroll through the serene Majorelle Garden, explore the lush Menara Gardens, or unwind in the Agdal Gardens with their impressive pool and palm trees. These green spaces offer a tranquil escape from the city's bustling streets.

Musée de Marrakech

Explore the Musée de Marrakech, a cultural gem that offers a rich collection of Moroccan art and historical artefacts. The museum is housed in a stunning palace with beautifully decorated rooms and courtyards, making it an art and architectural attraction in itself.


The weather in Marrakech in March is great for seeing the city © 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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