28 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

28 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 5 nights
Bus to Tarifa - Centro de Salud, Ferry to Tangier
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Tangier, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Barrio de Salamanca and La Casa Encendidafor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, &more). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Madrid trip builder app.

Recife, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Recife to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Recife in December, things will get colder in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

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Cordoba, Spain

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and Jewish Quarter (Juderia) are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra and Parroquia Santa Marina de Aguas Santas. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, admire the masterpieces at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, don't miss a visit to Cairuan Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cordoba online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Madrid to Cordoba by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Madrid, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Seville, Spain

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Barrio Santa Cruz and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. For shopping fun, head to Mercado Central or Naturalmente. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seville: Arcos de la Frontera (in Arcos de la Frontera) and Iglesia del Oratorio de San Felipe Neri (in Cadiz). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Caridad.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville travel planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, Seville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marbella.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Marbella, Spain

— 5 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa La Carihuela and Experience Box Spain. Get some cultural insight at Old City and Avenida del Mar. Explore Marbella's surroundings by going to Malaga (Colección del Museo Ruso, Teatro Romano, &more) and Ronda (Paddock Paradise Ronda & Reservatauro Ronda). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Marbella Old Town, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Concha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabopino Beach, and take in the waterfront at Paseo Maritimo.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marbella trip planner.

Getting from Seville to Marbella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tangier.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at American Legation and then don't miss a visit to Petit Socco.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tangier visit planning site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Marbella to Tangier in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marbella to Tangier due to the time zone difference. December in Tangier sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Fes.

Things to do in Tangier

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine and then make a trip to Borj Nord. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Medina of Fez and then relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fes trip planner.

You can take a train from Tangier to Fes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fes when traveling from Tangier in December, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods · Baths · Historic Sites · Spas
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Jemaa el-Fna or David Bloch Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Medersa Ben Youssef. And it doesn't end there: slough off your stress at Turkish baths, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, admire the natural beauty at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marrakech online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Fes to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Marrakech, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 6°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · 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.

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.