Weather Averages for Marrakesh in November
Averages for Marrakesh in November
November temperatures in Marrakesh drop considerably although they remain fairly mild, and it is also the wettest month of the year for Morocco, but it won’t be nearly as rainy as northern Europe and home. Although the weather may not be perfect, it is still mild enough to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed holiday in Marrakesh as opposed to the hot, hectic summer months.
The average daily temperature during the month of November hovers around 17 degrees Celsius. This average includes a potential low of 11 degrees Celsius, which will occur during the night. There is also a high of up to 23 degrees Celsius. Packing for this temperature range will serve you well when planning for a holiday in Morocco. Regardless of the temperature, travellers can expect to enjoy 11 hours of sunshine on any day, giving you ample time to explore the area. However, there is an average of 30 millimetres of rain that falls on the area, primarily over the course of five days in the month.
Dates for the diary
There are numerous Moroccan holidays and festivals that occur during the month of November. Many of them relate back to the history of the current Moroccan government. One, the Anniversary of the Green March, celebrates a day in November 1975 when the public demonstrated against the Spanish government to hand over the now southernmost province of the Morocco. On November 18th every year, the people of Morocco celebrate their independence from France. It is marked with a great reception at the palace and people can enjoy traditional food and song from local vendors.
The date fluctuates but Muslim New Year, started by the month of Muharram, is begins in November. During this month, some Muslims choose to fast but it’s not required as Muharram is one of the four sanctified months in the Islamic calendar. Muharram is intended to be a month of peace and mourning so Muslims are not permitted to fight at all during the month. Many businesses will have limited hours during the month.
The festival, Tan Tan Moussem, is also observed during November. This traditional festival is celebrated by nomadic tribes to celebrate their religion and culture. In the southern area of Morocco, called Tan Tan, the festival is celebrated and affords travellers a visit into a truly unique part of the world.
Things to do
Take advantage of the quiet during November and visit the Saadian Tombs. There are dozens of graves situated within this grand building of the Saadian royal family. The beautifully decorated rooms are well preserved as they date from the 16th century and were only rediscovered in 1917. Inside the beautifully decorated tombs are two main mausoleums with surrounding gardens. There are over 100 Saadian royalty buried around the grounds.
Another great place to escape the hectic pace of the city is the Agdal Garden (Jardin de l'Aguedal) in the south of the city. These beautiful gardens exemplify the Islamic style of garden after which they are named. The gardens were carefully planned nearly 900 years ago. They have been added to over the centuries to include reservoirs and buildings. Now deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agdal Garden is available for public viewing on Fridays and Sundays as long as the Moroccan royal family is not in residence in the nearby Dar el-Beida. If the Dar el-Beida is occupied, the Garden is reserved for royal use only.
Where to eat & drink
No trip to Marrakesh would be complete without a tagine dinner so consider making reservations at Al Fassia Aguedal. This casual restaurant is open for dinner service and late into the night which makes it great for dates and meals with friends. The restaurant is staffed by attentive individuals and the restaurant itself has a great, friendly ambiance. Best of all, the prices in this establishment are quite reasonable. This will not be one of the restaurants where you have to watch your bill to make sure you’re not getting overcharged.
While you enjoy your holiday in northern Africa, there is no better way to cool off than with refreshing gelato. At the Panna Gusto Italiano, owners have been making homemade gelato for years and takes pride in sourcing local, fresh ingredients wherever possible. Because the gelato is made with fresh ingredients, you won’t see any gelato that even features produce that is not in season. While it may be difficult to find, you can plan on only spending a little to enjoy cold gelato on a hot day.
Where to stay
The Riad Nabila is one of the most affordable budget hotels in all of Marrakesh. The building is built in the traditional Moroccan style with a central courtyard and a rooftop terrace. The hotel also has a built-in spa that is available for guests to use and relax. Each room is comfortably accommodated in a manner that will make you forget that the hotel is so easy on your budget. This hotel is slightly further away from the Djemma El Fna than most. It is around a twenty minute walk which also means that the streets around the hotel are quieter at night.
Cosy and quaint, the Riad Maison Belbaraka is a budget hotel that feels more like you’re staying in someone’s home. With only five rooms, the managers of this hotel truly give customized, careful service to each of their guests. The managers will even come to the airport to pick you up and escort you back to the hotel. The hotel, like many others, has a kitchen so meals can be prepared for you to enjoy in your room or on the terrace.
The Riad Kheirredine is a vibrant accommodation in Marrakesh. Each of the seven rooms of this hotel enjoys access to free high-speed internet, a restaurant and swimming pool. This hotel is a little more removed from downtown so it is quieter at night and there are better views from the hotel windows.
For a hotel that is guaranteed to have space no matter when you travel to Morocco, the Riad Alma is an excellent choice. This large hotel does not sacrifice the traditional riad atmosphere for its size. The rooms vary in size and lavishness so there is certain to be something within any budget.
The Riad Dar Mo Da is a classic choice of hotel. Run by an approachable woman, this hotel touts a reputation of being pristine, friendly and accommodating. The Riad Dar Mo Da has a traditional open-air courtyard with a decorative pool in the centre.