Best Time to Visit Essaouira

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Essaouira. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Essaouira. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Essaouira for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 10 °C to 28 °C
Waves Symbol 16 °C to 23 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 01.54 in (0 – 12 Days of Rain)
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General & Geography

Essaouira is a port city in Morocco. It is located about 120 miles north of Agadir and almost 250 miles south of Casablanca on the Atlantic coast and is an insider tip for Morocco tourists.

Until independence in 1956, the city was called Mogador. Today it is still the name of an island off the coast of the city. Mogador/Essaouira was founded by the Phoenicians more than 2,500 years ago as Migdol and expanded by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Even today, many buildings in the 85,000-inhabitant city still look Portuguese.

The city was once Morocco’s largest seaport and an extremely important trading centre. However, in the 20th century it increasingly lost its economic importance. In the 1960s the hippies arrived in the picturesque seaside town and since then Essaouira with its narrow streets, lively medina and beautiful wide beaches attracts drop-outs, artists but also enthusiastic tourists from Morocco and the whole world.

For many visitors, Essaouira is the most beautiful city in Morocco. As-Sawirah, the finished one is a nickname Essaouire has earned. Since 2001, the entire old town with its city gates has been a UNESC0 World Heritage Site. The small town often serves as a backdrop for historical and fantasy films.

Climate of Essaouira

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' On the Moroccan Atlantic coast there are pleasant temperatures practically all year round. It is warm but not too hot and the sun shines on about 300 days a year. In the coolest month, January, the average daily temperatures in the Essaouira region are 18 °C, in the warmest months August and September 25 °C. The water temperature is 18 °C in winter and about 25 °C to 28 °C in summer.

The special climatic conditions of the southern Atlantic coast of Morocco often lead to a refreshing sea breeze, which has earned Essaouira another nickname: “City of the Wind”. This is why surfers and sailors also get their money’s worth in the region. The surf is partly very respectable.

The so-called Canary current often leads to fog in the morning hours, which usually dissolves quickly. Sometimes, however, he lies down in the late afternoon again over the Atlantic and provides in the shine of the setting sun for very special color games. Anyway, the sunset from the old city walls is a popular and unforgettable experience.

Best Time to Visit Essaouira: Overview

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TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
Water max. 16 °C
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TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
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TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
Water max. 16.5 °C

When is the best travel time for Essaouira?


The city and its surroundings are a suitable year-round destination, as is the entire coastal region of Morocco. Many Central European tourists like to spend the winter months here to escape the local cold and snow. Even though it can rain occasionally from December to February, the temperatures are pleasantly mild.

Those who enjoy swimming and water sports, on the other hand, prefer the period from August to the end of October. Then the sea is warmest. Overall, however, we recommend the period from Easter to October (a similar rule of thumb as for summer tyres in Germany) as the best travel time in Essaouira. Between June and September there is also almost no rain in the region.

Climate Chart Essaouira

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Essaouira

In the following, you will find the climate table for Essaouira, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°19°20°21°23°25°27°28°27°25°20°19°
Night Temperature10°10°11°13°16°18°19°20°19°17°12°10°
Water Temperature16°17°18°18°19°20°22°23°23°22°20°17°
Precipitation (inch)1.541.381.10.750.550.16000.20.831.51.34
Rainy days1211954100161012
Hours of Sunshine67891010111010875
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 18.5 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (24 °C)
Coldest month: January (13.8 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except January, and December

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 9.33 inch on 71 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.3 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Places of interest and attractions


Very interesting is the small and manageable souk of Essaouira. Compared to the huge souks of other Moroccan cities, it is comparatively contemplative here and one can look at and compare the products in peace and quiet without being pressed. As usual there are many souvenirs, but also high-quality arts and crafts, inexpensive and high-quality leather goods and carpets as well as many argan oil products. Very popular are also the fragrant carvings from Thuyabaum wood, a speciality of the region.

The port of Essaouira is located right next to the medina. Here there are still many traditional wooden fishing boats, which represent splendid photo motives. At the small shipyard you can follow their development and watch the fishermen unloading and patching the nets. Of course you can also taste freshly caught fish everywhere, preferably grilled. From the Scala du Port, an old fortress that is now a ruin, the visitor has a beautiful view over the city and the harbour.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Essaouira
light rain     light rain, 11.5 °C
Clouds: 64 %       Wind: 7 mph ONO
Air Pressure: 1024.09 hPa       Humidity: 97 %
Last updated: 21st Jan 2019, 03:14 am
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