When temperatures are at their highest in July and August, visitors come out en masse to Casablanca, Morocco’s economic and industrial capital. Despite being a busy place, the largest and most liberal city in Morocco doesn’t have as much for tourists as other alluring spots. Still, people flock to the beaches during the summer—the trendy Aïn Diab area has a stretch with cafes and beach clubs that attracts the young and upwardly mobile.
From February to June and again in September, the weather cools, as does the number of visitors to Casablanca. Spend this time relaxing at a hotel resort or a hammam, a traditional bathhouse. For one with a purpose more powerful than pampering (although they do that well, too), try Solidarité Féminine Hammam and Health Center, which employs single mothers, a demographic that often faces discrimination in Morocco.
During the low season of October to January, it’s cooler and wetter but unlikely to be uncomfortably chilly. Escape the rain at Mahkama du Pacha, near the Old Medina, a small market. The ornate parliamentary building features stuccoed ceilings, tiled floors, and marble columns. The catch? Sometimes you can view it only from the outside, but if you’re able to find a guide, you might be able to head indoors to explore.