When is the best time to visit Essaouira ?

Being on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira doesn’t experience the extreme temperatures of other Moroccan destinations inland, such as Marrakech, Fez, and especially the Sahara. With an average of 300 days of sunshine and with so many things to do in Essaouira, it’s a great year-round destination. But taking into consideration other factors such as school holidays, wind, and religious festivals… when is the best time to visit Essaouira, Morocco? Well read on…

January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 19°C (perfect for some winter sun!), and in the summer months of July and August, the average temperature is 28°C. July and August are also the high season; Essaouira is extremely busy around this time with both international tourists on their summer holidays, and domestic tourists fleeing the suffering inland heat whilst the schools are on holidays, thus accommodation prices rise.

However, the wind can make all the difference to how warm (or cold) it may feel in Essaouira, especially on the exposed beach. Indeed, Essaouira has been coined the “Windy City of Africa”; that Atlantic breeze sure blows off the cobwebs. But this is also why Essaouira’s beaches are popular with surfers (including kite surfers and wind surfers). Commonly, the wind drops considerably in September and even more so in October in Essaouira.

Essaouira does experience some cloudy and drizzly days. Indeed it even rains sometimes in Essaouira, although heavy rain is very rare. Drizzly days are more commonly between December and February, but even still, only a couple of rainy days per month are expected. Generally you can expect the sun to be shining for your visit to Essaouira, even if you’re just visiting Essaouira for a day or two. 

What’s the weather like in Essaouira? 

For anyone planning a visit to Essaouira, this is likely to be the number one question. Indeed, expected weather is going to help you decide on what to pack and what to wear in Essaouira. 

So below we discuss the expected temperature, wind, and rain in Essaouira. 

  • Average temperatures in Essaouira

The below graph displays the historical average temperatures for Essaouira. 

ssaouira experiences a classic maritime climate, with mild temperatures year-round and a much smaller annual temperature range compared to central Morocco, due to the insulation of Atlantic Ocean.

As you can see, whilst temperatures soar to 40°C in the summer across central Morocco (such as in Marrakech and Fes), the summer temperatures in Essaouira are a very pleasant and relatively comfortable 28°C. 

And on the other end of the scale, when evening temperatures can drop to single digits in central Morocco, the evening temperatures are very comfortable in Essaouira in winter. 

However, the wind can make a huge difference to how warm (or cold) it may feel, and even in the summer months, you will need a light jumper in the evenings. Do check out our guide: what to wear in Essaouira. Layers are key all year round.

  • Wind in Essaouira

And let’s talk about the wind in Essaouira. Indeed this picturesque town perched on the Atlantic coast in known as the “Windy City of Africa” for a reason!

The graph below displays the average and maximum wind speeds in Essaouira, and also the average gusts. Check out the average gusts for July!

July and August are typically the windiest months, which is great for kite-surfing in Essaouira, but perhaps not so great for sunbathers. In fact, it’s the wind that keeps Essaouira off the list for those tourists that feel the need to work on their tan; you will be covered in sand, with the grains finding their way into every crevice, after five minutes of ‘sunbathing’.

That’s not to say that every day is windy; even July and August have days where the wind drops considerably and September / October / November are relatively calm months.

When is the best time to visit Essaouira?

Taking into consideration sunshine, warmth, sea temperature, wind, religious festivals, and crowds, we reckon that September / October is the best time to visit Essaouira. 

This is when the summer crowds have dissipated, but the days are still long and warm, and most importantly, the wind has dropped considerably. However, if you are visiting Essaouira for surfing or kite-surfing, this perhaps isn’t the best time as there is little wind for kites to sail and the surf is much gentler (although this is a good time for absolute beginner surfers).

If you’re not too bothered about the wind (indeed, this is very much part of what makes Essaouira, Essaouira) then April to June is also a good time as the the main beach and medina is much quieter. Although do note that much of April in 2023 is Ramadan, and the majority of shop, restaurants, and businesses will be closed.

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