Morocco weather in March

March in Morocco is a season of transition, where winter fades, and spring emerges, painting the landscapes with colourful blooms. Here’s our guide to the weather in Morocco in March. Read on for insights to plan your adventure, whether you're exploring bustling cities, remote villages, or the captivating Sahara Desert.

Is March a good time to visit Morocco?

March is a captivating time to explore the enchanting landscapes and vibrant culture of Morocco. The weather is relatively mild, making it comfortable for outdoor exploration. While it's not the peak tourist season, it's not as crowded as the summer months, which can be a huge advantage. 

Additionally, hotel prices are more reasonable in March than during the high season, making it an ideal time for budget-conscious travellers.

Glaoui Kasbah at Telouet in the moroccan Atlas © Nicolas VINCENT/Shutterstock

Telouet, Morocco  © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Morocco in March

As winter's chill gradually surrenders to the gentle embrace of spring, Morocco emerges as a captivating destination awash in pleasant temperatures and diverse landscapes.  The average sea temperatures in Morocco in March are a bit too chill to enjoy a swim — the average hovers at 15-16 °C (59-61°F). The average air temperature in Morocco in March can vary depending on the specific location within the country. 

March temperatures in northern Morocco

In the northern regions of Morocco, including Tangier, March brings a comfortably mild climate with daytime highs of 16-19°C (61-66°F). This allows you to explore the coastal cities without sweltering heat or frigid cold.

March temperatures in central Morocco

Cities like Marrakech in central Morocco experience daytime highs around 20-23°C (68-73°F) in March. These temperatures provide an ideal environment for cultural exploration, with the advantage of avoiding the extreme heat of the summer months.

Planning a trip to Marrakech? Start preparing for your trip with our guide to the best accommodation options in Marrakech.

March temperatures in Morocco’s mountains

March is an exciting time for adventure enthusiasts exploring the Atlas Mountains. At lower elevations, daytime highs range from 15-19°C (59-66°F), while higher altitudes might see cooler temperatures. Whether you're hiking or simply enjoying the mountain vistas, March offers an enticing mix of conditions.

March temperatures in southern Morocco

Southern destinations like Agadir and the Sahara Desert bask in warmer weather in March, with daytime temperatures ranging from 19-25°C (66-77°F). This provides an opportunity to revel in the sun and experience the captivating beauty of the desert.

Check our Morocco travel itineraries to start piecing together your perfect journey.

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The Sahara Desert, Morocco  © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in March

As March ushers in the promise of spring, Morocco starts to see a slight increase in rainfall. While the coastal areas still experience sporadic showers, the interior and southern regions begin to welcome more moisture. 

This transition can be a boon for nature enthusiasts as it rejuvenates the landscapes, turning them lush and green. It's an excellent time for observing the blossoming beauty of Morocco's gardens and for those who appreciate a slightly cooler, more refreshing climate after the arid months of winter. 

What about the crowd & cost?

March in Morocco, you'll find yourself in a unique travel window that offers both delightful weather and a manageable crowd. While it's not the peak tourist season, the country begins to awaken from its winter slumber. Travelers seeking a more tranquil experience will appreciate the moderate crowds, allowing them to explore the wonders of Morocco at a leisurely pace.

In terms of costs, you'll find a balance in March. Accommodation and excursion prices might be slightly higher than in the winter months, but they remain significantly more budget-friendly compared to the peak summer season.

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

Fez tanneries, Morocco © Shutterstock

The beautiful city of Fez, Morocco  © Shutterstock

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Oukaimeden a ski resort in the Atlas mountains, Morocco © Novie Charleen Magne/Shutterstock

The Atlas Mountains, Morocco  © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Morocco in March

When planning your adventure, you’ll want to consider these travel tips. 

What to pack for Morocco in March?

Packing for Morocco in March requires careful consideration of the weather and local customs. In March, the weather is generally mild but can vary, so packing is essential. Consider bringing a mix of clothing, including light layers for the warmer daytime temperatures and warmer attire for cooler evenings. 

Don't forget to pack comfortable walking shoes, as Morocco's cities and attractions often require extensive walking. Additionally, since Morocco is a culturally rich country, it's advisable to dress modestly, with long sleeves, pants, or long skirts, especially when visiting religious sites.

Bargain in the souks

One of the joys of visiting Morocco is exploring the vibrant and bustling markets known as "souks." While shopping in the souks, it's customary to haggle over prices. Bargaining is expected and can be a fun and interactive way to purchase souvenirs, handicrafts, and local products. Just remember to be polite and respectful during the negotiation process, and don't be afraid to walk away if you can't agree on a price.

Want to be better prepared for your trip to Morocco? Also read our useful tips for travelling to Morocco.

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Essaouira, Morrocco  © Shutterstock

Learn basic phrases

While English and French are spoken in many parts of Morocco, learning a few basic Arabic phrases can enhance your travel experience. Locals often appreciate when tourists make an effort to communicate in their language. Common phrases like "Salam alaykum" (peace be upon you) for greetings, "Shukran" (thank you), and "La, shukran" (no, thank you) can go a long way in establishing friendly interactions.

Explore Morocco’s diverse regions

Morocco is a diverse country with a rich tapestry of landscapes and cultures. In March, take the opportunity to explore its diverse regions. From the bustling cities of Marrakech and Casablanca to the tranquil Atlas Mountains and the vast Sahara Desert, there's something for every type of traveller. Embrace the contrasts and immerse yourself in the unique experiences each region has to offer.

Cathedral in Casablanca, Morocco © Shutterstock

The weather in Morocco in March is great for discovering Casablanca © Shutterstock

What to do in Morocco in March

Morocco offers a wide array of activities in March. Here are several fantastic options to consider during your visit:

Casablanca International Book Fair (Salon International de l'Édition et du Livre)

March is an ideal time for literature enthusiasts to visit Morocco. The Casablanca International Book Fair is an annual event that attracts authors, publishers, and book lovers from around the world. It's an opportunity to explore Moroccan and international literature.

Spring equinox

Celebrate the arrival of spring on the Spring Equinox in March. Morocco's lush gardens and historic sites provide a beautiful backdrop for welcoming the new season. Enjoy picnics, cultural events, and the blossoming landscapes.

Moroccan mint tea

Indulge in the quintessential Moroccan experience by sipping on sweet and refreshing Moroccan mint tea. You can enjoy this delightful beverage at local cafes and while shopping in the markets.

Moroccan wedding © Issam alhafti/Shutterstock

Moroccan wedding © Issam alhafti/Shutterstock

Andalusian Music Festival

The Andalusian Music Festival is a cultural celebration of the country's rich musical heritage. Attend performances that showcase traditional Andalusian music, which blends Arab, Spanish, and North African influences.

Stargazing

Morocco's vast deserts, like the Sahara, provide exceptional opportunities for stargazing. Join guided tours or simply lie under the clear night sky to admire the constellations and the Milky Way.

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The weather in Morocco in March is great for camel riding © Shutterstock

Sunset camel riding

Experience the magic of a sunset camel ride, a popular activity in Morocco. Riding camels along the dunes as the sun sets over the desert creates a captivating and serene experience.

Explore Marrakech

Marrakech, known for its vibrant markets, historic palaces, and enchanting gardens, is a must-visit city in Morocco. Explore the medina, visit the Bahia Palace, and lose yourself in the bustling streets of this captivating city.

Planning your March Morocco trip

Uncover the enchanting allure of Morocco with the guidance of our local travel experts. We take care of 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.

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 20.05.2024

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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