26 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

26 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Rabat, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
4
Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tangier, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Train
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Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus to Malaga, Fly to Marrakech
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
On the 13th (Mon), soak in style at Turkish baths and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Medina of Marrakesh and then explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marrakech online driving holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Marrakech is 5 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Casablanca, Morocco

— 1 night
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 15th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Casablanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Casablanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Marrakech in December since evenings lows in Casablanca dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

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Rabat, Morocco

— 1 night
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
On the 16th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Chellah and then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rabat sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Casablanca to Rabat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Casablanca in December, you will find days in Rabat are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are much warmer (81°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fes.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Fes, Morocco

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine and then admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Medina of Fez and then admire the landmark architecture of Bab Bou Jeloud.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fes trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rabat to Fes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Rabat in December, plan for slightly colder days in Fes, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

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 19th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque and then stop by Dar Moulay Idriss Berbere Carpete.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chefchaouen attractions site.

Traveling by car from Fes to Chefchaouen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tangier.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites · Shopping
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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 21st (Tue), make a trip to Cap Spartel and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hercules Cave. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tangier route planner.

Getting from Chefchaouen to Tangier by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tangier can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Seville, Spain

— 3 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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, explore the galleries of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and see where the action happens at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

Before you visit Seville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Tangier to Seville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tangier to Seville is 1 hour. Traveling from Tangier in December, Seville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Cordoba, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 26th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then see the interesting displays at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. On your second day here, make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Traveling by train from Seville to Cordoba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cordoba, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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 28th (Tue), stroll around Parque de Malaga, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, and then get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Malaga Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Balcony of Europe.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Malaga in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, Malaga is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
On the 30th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Alhambra and then make a trip to Carrera del Darro.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner.

Getting from Malaga to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Malaga in December, with highs in Granada at 56°F and lows at 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 5 nights

Red City

Spend the 3rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Enjoy Marrakech some more: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, and slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Marrakech by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Granada in January, with highs in Marrakech at 67°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Morocco travel guide

4.1
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.