Weather Averages for Marrakesh in June
Averages for Marrakesh in June
June becomes very hot in Marrakesh and the streets are extremely busy as tourists pour into the city. You’ll need to pack sunscreen with a high SPF and stay out of the sun during peak hours. During the early afternoon the sun and the heat will be strongest. The very hot temperatures can mean there is a real risk of sunstroke, so stay safe!
The average temperature during the month of June hovers around 24 degrees Celsius. This average includes a potential low of 17 degrees, which likely occurs during the night, and 31 degrees, which would likely occur during mid-day towards the end of the month. If you will be venturing out during the day during the heat, you can expect to enjoy around nine hours of unabashed sunshine. And better yet, the desert area only sees ten millimetres of rainfall throughout the entire month. The precipitation only falls over the course of two days in the entire month.
Dates for the diary
Many interesting festivals occur in Marrakesh during June, and they often occur indoors to escape the growing summer heat. In Marrakesh, the Fes Sacred Musical Festival is celebrated for one whole week in the middle of June. During this festival, traditional Moroccan music is performed in venues all across the city by local and international musicians. The festival is put on to promote the relationships between the arts and spirituality and promote culture and community development in the area.
Another popular festival is the Essaouira Gnawa and World Music Festival, held during the third week of June. This festival hosts performances of Gnawa, or North and Western African people, that is deeply spiritual and powerful. The festival has been held for decades and earned international attention for its role in preserving Gnawan culture.
Things to do
There are many sites to see outside of the city if you want to escape the busy season during this time. One famous attraction outside of Marrakesh in the High Atlas Mountains is the Tizi n’Test mountain road. Built from 1926 to 1932, this magnificent road required builders to blast out sides of the mountains, creating a path that had once been consider impassable. This 2092 metre long road is incredibly challenging for even experienced drivers but offers spectacular soaring views of the surrounding areas. Please be warned, drive safely and use your seat belt as this road’s reputation has definitely been earned.
The picturesque town of Ouirgane is well worth staying overnight in as it has some excellent small hotels if you want to stay outside of the big city of Marrakesh. This village is around a 90 minute drive from the city and it is buffered by the Atlas Mountains. If you prefer a natural break from the city, this town will make you happy. Its location near the mountain gives it easy access to tremendous views, paths to explore and wildlife. But because it is in the mountains, the altitude is considerably greater than Marrakesh. If you are looking to explore, you should pack water and plan to take it easy as the heat combined with the altitude can sneak up on you.
Where to eat & drink
Relax and enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal at Libzar in Marrakesh. With fair prices when compared to European menus, this fine dining restaurant stands out against others in the area. They cater to a wide variety of customers including families, groups or couples. It is best to take reservations because this eatery has a reputation that keeps it busy. And unlike many other fine dining establishments, this restaurant offers generous portions so if you have a refrigerator in your hotel room; you’ll be able to plan on leftovers.
Another versatile restaurant is the Un Dejeuner a Marrakech. Popular with couples, business travellers and families alike, this restaurant is also open from breakfast through late dinners. Their menu includes options that range from Moroccan classics to European favourites so there is something for everyone here. The restaurant also enjoys a reputation as one of the most transparent in the area. Simply put, many travellers feel like they can trust the staff and bills here at this restaurant, there are no hidden fees or inflated costs for tourists.
Where to stay
For an affordable hotel that does not sacrifice service, consider the Riad Tamarrakecht. This small hotel is conveniently located near popular plaza so it is a great starting point for adventurous travellers. Run by a woman named Sara and her family, this hotel often makes a point of greeting guests outside their gates or even in the plaza and walks everyone back to the lobby for check in. If you book a stay in this hotel, you can enjoy meals on the rooftop terrace and not even leave your hotel if you don’t want to.
For a charming and budget stay in Marrakech, the Riad Basma is a convenient and popular choice. Like many budget hotels, this one does have its quirks but offers a great value to travellers. For the money, this riad is well-regarded and recommended for its location, service and amenities. Also easily within walking distance of popular squares, the Riad Basma is quiet and feels peacefully removed from the busy streets of Marrakesh. Many travellers have noted inconsistencies with the showers and drainage systems when they stayed.
Dar Rocmarra is a hotel popular with friends, couples and individuals travellers alike. Despite an affordable price tag, you can expect comfortable accommodations and restful sleep here. This hotel has four spacious rooms that provide a relaxing counterpoint to the busy Moroccan streets outside.
Regarded by Trip Advisor as having Best Service in Marrakesh, the Maison Arabo Andalouse is considered one of the best hotels in the city. This hotel is one of the few in the city that has not undergone significant remodelling so it retains its original character. Children and pets are welcome!
With a name like Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa, you can expect nothing but luxury at this hotel. This large, exclusive hotel has several varieties of rooms that range in size and amenities. Regardless of which room you choose, every guest can enjoy a hotel bar, restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre and free parking.