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9 Tips for Surviving Summer in Marrakech

It’s already scorching hot in Marrakech (and it’s still May) and it will be several more months of high temperatures. For anyone planning to visit Marrakech in summer, understanding and preparing for very high temperatures is a must.

Just last week a friend asked me, “How do you live here? How do you do this?” The truth is in the summer, I want to get as far away as possible. But, if your list of things to do in Marrakech includes time outside from mid-May to mid-September you need to be aware and take care.

This is especially true for anyone who is visiting with young children or is a senior citizen – those that are most susceptible to heat related illness.

To get you ready, I put together a few ideas to help you enjoy your time here, without getting overheated or sick.

Stay Out of the Sun

This seems obvious but I see visitors all the time walking in and sitting in the direct sunlight for long periods of time. If you pay attention you’ll see that locals will always walk or sit in the shade. If you’re going to be outside, take adequate cover.

Dress Smart

Most people assume that when it’s very hot, the fewer clothing garments you wear the cooler you’ll be but this isn’t the case. I find that wearing loose fitting longer sleeve shirts (that can be rolled up) and maxi skirts or baggy pants is much cooler in the Marrakech heat than having exposed skin.

Clothing made of natural fabrics, like cotton are also the best choice. Wearing this type of clothing also protects your skin from the very severe sun. Make sure to wear a hat to protect your face, sunglasses and cover all exposed surfaces with sunscreen.

My suggestions for what to pack for a summer visit to Morocco and what to wear to the pool or beach.

Afternoons = Nap Time

The hottest time of the day is in the late afternoon. It’s why you’ll find many things are closed from around 2-5pm. Instead of trying to do something all day long, know that this is a hard time of day and instead plan to have some down time. You’ll want to anyway if you’ve spent time outside in the morning and early afternoon.

Water, Water, Water

Drink water regularly throughout the day. It sounds simple, and you’ll probably be thirsty in the heat anyway but always have water available. Luckily you can buy it from just about anywhere but the last thing you want is to be caught somewhere without water. You can very quickly go from feeling alright to having heat stroke.

If you do begin to feel overheated or light headed drink as much water as you can. Dehydration happens very fast and can make for a miserable vacation. On this same note, be careful if you are drinking alcohol; when combined with the sun and heat you can also get sick quickly.

Use Air Conditioning When You Can

After a few summers I discovered a secret to staying cool in Marrakech summers. Air conditioners aren’t found everywhere, but it seems when there is one people want to turn it as high as possible. Instead, adjust the temperature to the 24-25C range and let it run. The AC won’t have to work as hard and I have found that it actually makes the room cooler, faster.

Limit Your Outdoor Hours

Don’t try to spend 12 hours a day outside, or you will suffer. Instead go outdoors for spurts of time and mix your day with inside and outside activities. Have an extended lunch in a beautiful, indoor setting and then set out again. Trying to spend too much time outside will only serve to exhaust you.

Keep Things Dark

When there are no lights on the temperature is naturally lower but this also should be considered for windows. If you’re staying in a riad, keep the windows to your room closed, with the curtains drawn during the day. This will help keep the cool temperatures inside the room.

Go Swimming!

This is a fun suggestion – of course there’s no better way to spend a hot day than at the pool. Even if the riad or hotel where you’re staying doesn’t have a pool there are plenty of places in Marrakech that have day passes for swimming pools, many with an optional lunch as well. Find out where to go swimming in Marrakech.

Cool Down

When you get too hot there are a few ways to cool down quickly. First, get out of the sun immediately. Next, wet a washcloth or some other fabric with cold water and put it on the back of your neck. If you can get in a cold shower to lower your body temperature. If you can’t seem to cool down you could have heat exhaustion or heat stroke, the later being the most serious.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion;

  • excessive thirst
  • weakness
  • headache/dizziness
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • confusion
  • fainting
  • profuse sweating and/or rapid heartbeat

Symptoms of heat stroke;

  • throbbing headache
  • lack of sweating despite heat
  • red, hot and dry skin
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • muscle weakness or cramps
  • behavioral changes (confusion, disorientation, or staggering)
  • seizures

In both cases you should try to immediately cool down (or cool down the person you assume is ill). For more serious heat stroke, immediate medical attention should be sought. It is highly advisable to read up on both of these conditions before traveling to a destination like Marrakech that has extreme summer temperatures.

Stay safe and cool when you visit this summer and if the heat gets to be too much, head to one of Morocco’s coastal towns or plan a day in the Atlas Mountains where temperatures will be much different.

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Friday 30th of April 2021

I’m going to Rabat during the last week of September and I’m curious if I need air conditioner or not. I’m hot natured. I keep my home around 68F. I’m the one who wears short sleeves in winter. My eczema also flares up so badly if I get too hot. What do you suggest? Should I splurge or am I ok without it? Thank you!


Wednesday 5th of May 2021

@Amanda Mouttaki, Thank you so much!

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 3rd of May 2021

I think you'll probably be ok. Rabat is a bit cooler because it's on the ocean and by late September it will start to cool down. But, if you're at all concerned it wouldn't hurt!


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Hello! What can you do with Children in Marrackech? A part from enjoying the swimming pool... Thanks!

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 13th of May 2019

Check out this post, it's all about things to do with kids in Marrakech - https://marocmama.com/the-best-things-to-do-in-marrakech-with-kids/

Shivali Bathani

Monday 22nd of April 2019

Hi - Thank you so much for your work. My family (including 7 year old) is from USA and we will be traveling from Washington DC to Marrakesh this coming June 10 for a wedding. I am learning that it will be very HOT. Is it too hot to do a Agafay desert 1 night tent stay for an outdoor desert/tent experience in mid June? I would love your advice even if the answer is “don’t do it with a 7 year old child” - checkin is allowed starting 2 pm - Does it significantly cool off at night in the Agafay? Your advice would be greatly appreciated so we don’t harm ourselves and child out of a desire to do an activity that might not be right for that season. Many warm thanks for your advice - Shivali (curious and worried mother)

Amanda Mouttaki

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

I think in June you'll still be ok. It does get hot but having lived in DC myself in the summer and all of the humidity I think you'll be just fine. Just make sure to stay hydrated and try to avoid direct sun especially in the middle of the day for long periods.

Jill Stevenson

Thursday 5th of July 2018

HI there,

We are visiting Marrakech in a couple of weeks and I was wondering if you could offer assistance please? I have been looking for an affordable Kammam experience along with a sports massage etc. May I ask if you know of any that are particularly good please? I also would like to experience a henna tattoo but when reading about it I have notice a lot of people say do not get it done as you do not know what has been added to the the henna, do you know of a reputable henna tattooist please?

And lastly what time do the merchants close in the evenings please?

My sincerest thanks for your help.


Amanda Mouttaki

Saturday 7th of July 2018

I think you mean a hammam? If you want a very strong massage + hammam I'd consider booking at the Baan Thai Institut in Gueliz. They can do both. I haven't found a good Moroccan spa with hammams that also offers a really good massage they're very soft. Henna - go to Henna Art Cafe in the medina. It's safe and good. There's no single time shops close, they kind of have their own hours but I would expect by 9:00-10:00pm most will be shuttered.

barbara st john

Sunday 15th of October 2017

Hi My sister moved over to Moroco several years ago . I wonder sometimes if she is very happy . She was attacked several weeks ago it was awful . I wonder is it safe now in Morocco? B.

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 16th of October 2017

I'm sorry to hear about your sister. Morocco is like any other place in the world and I'm afraid being attacked can happen anywhere. I was attacked in New York City. Morocco is safe, there is a heavy police presence and I feel much more at ease here than in many other places around the world. Whether your sister is happy or not I can not comment. I hope she is.