With temperatures between 17 C (night time lows) and 31 (daily highs) and very little rain, Marrakech gets rather hot in June. While keeping out of the searing midday sun is recommended (there are some wonderful historic sites, museums and verdant gardens to keep cool in), June sees a series of festivals and events.
Ramadan, 06/06/2016 – 05/07/2016
The 6th of June marks the beginning of Ramadan, the month of fasting concluding with the Eid el-Fitr feast day on the 5th of July. While business continues pretty much ‘as usual’ in the squares and souks of Marrakech, and restaurants, gardens, museums and palaces remain open, it is wise to remember that you are visiting a Muslim country at a particularly holy time in the Islamic calendar and that there are certain rules one should observe out of courtesy for local residents.
Fes Sacred Musical Festival, 13/06/2016 – 21/06/2016
One of Morocco’s most important cultural events, the Sacred Music Festival in Fes celebrates and promotes the relationship between spirituality and the arts, although the spectrum of performances is actually much wider than that. Local as well as celebrated international artists representing many different cultures from around the world, are on display with outstanding performances of music and dance.
Other events and festivals usually held during June, although at time of writing it has not been possible to determine specific dates, include the:
- National Folklore Festival in Marrakech, a 10 day event celebrating Moroccan folk tradition
- Sahraoui Festival in Agadir, an event featuring camel races and regional singing/dancing performances, including the well-known Layoune warriors’ dance
- Cherry Festival in Sefrou, near Fez, celebrating the cherry harvest with music, sporting competitions and markets; the event includes the election and crowning of ‘Miss Cherry’ and a torchlight procession
- Fig Festival in Bouhouda (Rif mountains), Nr. Taounate
- Moussem of Sidi el-Ghazi in Guelmim, just south of Agadir
Last, but by no means least, Tangier will be hosting its annual Jazz Festival (Tannjazz) in June. Details available shortly online.
Other Things to do in June
This is a great time to explore the high road up to the Tizi n’Test pass in the nearby High Atlas Mountains where soaring summer temperatures are tempered by altitude to more tolerable levels. Climbing to 2092 m, this vertiginous route over the mountains is quite challenging, even for experienced drivers, but exceptionally rewarding for its spectacular views over the mountains and its numerous hairpin bends. Another place to visit for its fantastic views, hidden footpaths and variety of wildlife is Ouirgane, a picturesque Atlas Mountain town some 90 minutes from Marrakech.