20 days in Morocco, South of Spain & Madrid Itinerary

20 days in Morocco, South of Spain & Madrid Itinerary

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Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Meknes, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Fes, Morocco
Drive
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Tangier, Morocco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Tarifa, Bus to Malaga
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco

— 2 nights
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 10th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Casablanca trip builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Casablanca is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Riyadh to Casablanca. Traveling from Riyadh in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Casablanca, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, make a trip to Koubba Almoravid, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marrakech trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Casablanca to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Casablanca in December since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Meknes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Meknes, Morocco

— 2 nights

City of the Hundred Minarets

One of Morocco's imperial cities, Meknes draws visitors with an abundance of historic monuments and impressive Moorish-style architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Heri es Souani and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Volubilis. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bab Mansour Laleuj and then wander the streets of Meknes Medina.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Meknes holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Meknes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Meknes, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fes.

Things to do in Meknes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Fes, Morocco

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fes tour planner.

You can drive from Meknes to Fes in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Fes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. You will leave for Chefchaouen on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Fes

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

— 2 nights
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chefchaouen online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tangier.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Tangier, Morocco

— 2 nights
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
On the 17th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cap Spartel and explore the fascinating underground world of Hercules Cave.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tangier online trip maker.

You can drive from Chefchaouen to Tangier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Tangier, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and then have some family-friendly fun at La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga holiday builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Tangier to Malaga in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tangier to Malaga is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Malaga are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

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Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, wander the streets of Albayzin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Granada vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Malaga in December; daily highs in Granada reach 15°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally admire the striking features of Torre del Oro.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Seville road trip website.

Drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in December, Seville is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seville in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Morocco travel guide

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Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.