Morocco Winter Jan or Feb

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1. Posted by irazhar (Budding Member 2 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,
I plan to visit Morocco during winter maybe 2nd week of January , because the air-ticket cheaper. I think it is not too cold. But is it wet , always rainy something like that , which mean I have to stay indoors ?

2. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 998 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

There is little point in going to Morocco just to 'stay indoors' - you can do that at home! Check likely weather conditions and take appropriate clothing. Also, note that conditions will vary depending on which parts you plan to visit. The cities would be OK whatever the weather (and much pleasanter exploring without the summer heat perhaps), the coast might be pleasant, the Atlas Mountains might be more challenging in wet weather but still OK if you go prepared, the Sahara also fine but cold at night.

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4. Posted by Bennytheball (Budding Member 45 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

I personally would avoid Morocco in mid winter which is December, January and February when the weather can be cold and especially wet in the north Rif Region, this will restrict your daily explorations and you will not be happy having spent your money on that cheap airline ticket, which no longer seems such a bargain if relegated to sitting in a hotel room or propping up a bar waiting for the rain to stop.

Having said that, the southern desert regions enjoy a warmer drier winter climate, the city of Agadir is popular offering temperatures of around 20C, but of course the airline ticket will be more expensive because everybody else will have the same idea. One suggestion could help your planning, there is now a new high-speed train operating between Tangier and Casablanca, the journey time is only two hours and ten minutes, a vast improvement over the old express train taking over six hours to complete the same journey....
https://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/photoID/5429149/users/Bennytheball/
https://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/photoID/5429152/users/Bennytheball/
https://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/photoID/5429150/users/Bennytheball/

Casablanca is a big ex-French colonial coastal city where the winter climate is more temperate, it also has the advantage of being on the ONCF railway network where you can find onward travel further south in the search for some winter warmth and interesting terrain to explore.

I suggest making a start by acquiring a guide book to plan a route, I've used "the Rough Guide to Morocco" publication over many years and found it indispensable.

Another recommendation is to join the Tripadvisor Morocco forum, where you will find much more helpful information to assist on your holiday planning , this Travellerspoint site does not seem to attract a great deal of correspondence on Morocco.

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6. Posted by Bennytheball (Budding Member 45 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I did not manage to read post number 5 before its suspension over possible suspicious content, but sadly, tourism in Morocco seems to attract the unwelcome and unsolicited attentions of unsavoury touts and street hustlers preying on gullible travellers, some of whose intentions are less than honourable, with the victim being regarded as a mobile cash machine to be tapped into as and when possible.

I have posted many caveats on other internet travel websites about these venal people, but I seem to have overlooked Travellerspoint, so to restore balance here is one of my Virtualtourist contributions salvaged in haste before the site closure two years ago....

https://web.archive.org/web/20170224195709/http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/23cce6/

........these touts used to confine their dubious activities to bus stations and railway stations, but now they have mastered the internet and can remain faceless, that is until I arrive on the scene with my trusty 808 miniature keyring camera.....

Would you contemplate buying a used car from either of these two dodgy characters?..........

https://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/photoID/4632695/users/Bennytheball/

7. Posted by irazhar (Budding Member 2 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Thank you Benny. Very much appreciate your feedback.

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9. Posted by Bennytheball (Budding Member 45 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Visitors to Morocco must beware of self-appointed "new friends" whom they have met in hotels or in the street, more often than not these are false guides offering all manner of what might appear to be interesting enticements, these people can often present a very convincing aura of respectability, and a surprisingly good command of the English language, but the end result will always be the same, your wallet or purse will be drained by fair means or foul.

You should also be aware that casual street guides operating without a guide's licence are committing an offence and can be arrested by plain-clothes police, they are also depriving official guides of an honest living to support their families, so let your conscience be your best friend here, and ignore any unsolicited "street offers."

Sometimes a street hustler will approach you with the invitation " I want to be your friend".....but in reality he is actually addressing your wallet or purse, especially if you have been a little careless, and being unfamiliar with the local currency, flashed some big blue 200 dirhams bills around, these are like magnets to street hustlers, so always keep money out of sight.

A holiday in Morocco is not all gloom and doom if you just ignore the "street approaches" and keep on walking in silent mode, but if making the mistake of replying to the hustler you are sunk, he will stick to you like a leach, many tourists find this unfamiliar behaviour distressing, especially if he plays the race card by growling in menacing tones " you no like Morocco people?"....this is one response which should above all others be totally ignored.

Enjoy your Moroccan adventure, but remember if a street proposition seems too good to be true it almost certainly will be!"

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1721 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Bennytheball

casual street guides operating without a guide's licence are committing an offence and can be arrested by plain-clothes police, they are also depriving official guides of an honest living to support their families, so let your conscience be your best friend here, and ignore any unsolicited "street offers."

I'm all for not encouraging them to hassle random people, but I don't see how it is a matter of conscience for me whether the guy has paid off the system by buying a licence. Both sorts are as likely to be trying to earn a living for their families - it's only the nuisance factor of their approach that troubles me.