Best time to ride Morocco

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  1. Teabar

    Teabar Been here awhile

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    I'm planning a trip in 2015 to the south of the country (Atlas). When's the best time of the year to go? Pros and Cons etc. Any thoughts?
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  2. Professor pipebender

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    Hiya Teabar. We were in Morocco after xmas this year. If you can see my link pasted into ride reports you can see the pics and so on. Get Chris Scotts Moroc:1drinkco book. Its got everything in it. Ill be back from tour in September and am located in Teddington Middx not far from you. We prep and service our own bikes. Please contact me if you need help also Dee Gee is very helpful on this site and has my e mail address.
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  3. Teabar

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    Thanks Professor. I might just give you a shout - not too far away at all. Enjoying your RR.
    Steve
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  4. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    I visited Marrakech & Ouarazazate in November one visit, more in February, April, & October. By far, October had the best weather. The High Atlas Mountains are very thick in snow over the winter, somewhat like the mountains of southern Spain. My pix at http://fishnbiker.smugmug.com/Travel

    Temperatures on Oct. range +25° ~ 40°C depending on location if not in the mountains or the Sahara
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  5. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    We were in Morocco Dec-Jan. Pretty good time to go. Temp was decent in day (15-20C)- cold in the night (2C). Many hotels did not have heating and we were freezing frequently in the nights. In Atlas mountain there was already a tiny hint of snow.

    For camping I recommend proper equipment (temp might go well below freezing)!

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  6. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    After using their hospitality system 5 times in Morocco, I wouldn't even consider carrying camping gear. The extra money savings is just going to load you down with too much gear to enjoy the ride fully. Hotels & auberges are just too cheap to avoid. Every little village will have some type of accommodation. My most expensive hotel was in Merzouga ... US$ 28 for 2, including breakfast & a swimming pool in the Sahara Desert. Secure parking & electronics charging is always available also.

    As for the weather, I suggest looking now into online weather sites (weekly) for insight into timing plans. Pick 3 or 4 different cities to get an average ... maybe Chechaouen, Fez, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, M'hamid, Merzouga, etc
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  7. cashelblue

    cashelblue Pirate on a Bike

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    Yep - Morocco is stunning. Very civilised north of the Atlas range. From Ifran it all goes south to Mazouga . Cold up on the Atlas range at night.
    My visit was around April. It was also cool in Mazouga. Glad I took warm clothing. June , July, August, September - you will melt! Think 45 - 50 degrees.

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  8. young1

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  9. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    My last visit to the desert reached +53C (128.4F) in Zagora ~ mid October. A cafe waiter said August was +62C (145F) !!!
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  10. Fatallybitten

    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower

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    Just did 10 days in Morocco by 4 wheels, but would have enjoyed it more on 2 wheels. Saw lots of groups on ADV bikes throughout the trip which stretched from Marracech to Ouaazazte, Dades, down into the desert, back up to Fez, Chefchouan and finally Tangier. I will be back on a bike and probably choose to do the trip at the same time of year. Very comfortable weather, only a bit of rain and most days in the 20's. Enjoy the ride! David
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  11. chasbmw

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    temperatures will depend on Height, the big passes will be cold and possibly wet.

    In the spring you may need to watch out for roads and tracks being washed out by the melt of the winter snows and rivers may be running high.

    temps last week were in the 20sC down in the desert, to the lows cs in the mountains. Rough Camping in the desert and Mountains is a moroccan pleasure.
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  12. budsin1

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    We're gonna try a real quick trip this March. Just 4 days riding from Marrakesh - Ouarzazate - Toubkal Nat'l Park - Marrakesh. Weather looks nice at around 20C for the most part.
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  13. TravelZen

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    Let us know how it goes. I'm a little paranoid at trying anything outside of the nov./dec. from the responses here.
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  14. cadoganpier

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    I'm off next week so I'll let you know re the weather
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