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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:00 AM

Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in July

Morocco is hot in most places in July, and we mean hot – not only in the desert (where average temperatures are in their early 40s deg C) but almost anywhere inland away from the coast it will be hitting mid 30s deg C as an average.

Let’s State The Obvious – Avoid the Desert

Every holiday maker in Morocco or elsewhere has their own personal comfort zone, but when even the Moroccan locals who have been born and bred in the region are finding it hot, it is safe to assume that the desert region is very hot. Equally, whilst its hot there, it’s hot on the road to getting there and a long drive from most international airports.

Therefore, whilst you can go anywhere in Morocco in July, we highly recommend you postpone your trip to the desert until the temperatures drop in mid-September and into October.

But Taroudant is Relatively Temperate

Having said that almost anywhere inland will be hitting mid 30s deg C as an average in July, a notable exception is Taroudant, which lies south of the High Atlas mountains and easily accessible from Agadir.

Taroudant is a walled medina town that is less frequently visited by holiday makers than most other significant locations in Morocco, yet is an authentic Moroccan town full of interest and home to our Real Morocco programme of cultural activities. Although around 1 hour’s drive inland, average temperatures in July are around 30 deg C and so are much more bearable for most visitors than other such places away from the coast.

Having said that, 30 deg C is warm or hot by most standards and an accommodation with a pool is highly recommended if you like such things.

The Destinations on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast are Wonderful

My introduction hinted that Morocco’s huge Atlantic coastal region wasn’t as hot as elsewhere and, in fact, most places on the coast have an average temperature around the mid 20s deg C (Essaouira just below that, Rabat just above).

Whilst there should be no rain and beautiful blue skies, the sea breezes off the Atlantic will keep the temperatures to a much more pleasant level; however, the sun is hot and only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun (thank you Noel Coward for that advice). Additionally, those pleasant and cooling sea breezes can stiffen up in the midday and early afternoon to a strong wind (good for water sports using wind), so again timing the trips for sun bathing on the beach is important.

There are a number of excellent choices of destination:

Essaouira, a medina town with huge sandy beach (water sports available – kit hire and tuition), with a great range of accommodation and a good road link to Marrakech

Oualidia, a small town on a beautiful lagoon, with top class accommodation but  harder to get to (1 hour more transfer time than Essaouira.

South of Agadir (Agadir itself caters to mass tourism) we suggest Mirleft as a beautiful place to relax, or the Souss Massa National Park as interesting option.

So Anywhere in Morocco is Possible - But ...

In the end anywhere in Morocco is possible but we highly recommend a pool and to avoid the desert.