18 days in Morocco & Spain Itinerary

18 days in Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco & Spain Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
+4
train + bus + Fly + taxi + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
4
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada


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2
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Medersa Ben Youssef.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marrakech holiday planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Marrakech is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Marrakech at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

3
nights
Seville, Spain

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 parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip planning app .

You can fly from Marrakech to Seville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Marrakech, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, head outdoors with Ronda Dressage, and get great views at Mirador de los Viajeros Romanticos.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ronda sightseeing tool .

You can take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Parks Outdoors
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

2
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): ponder the design of Fuente del Esparto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador, then make a trip to Balcon de Europa, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, then steep yourself in history at Punta Lara, and finally explore the striking landscape at Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nerja route planner .

You can drive from Ronda to Nerja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Nerja is little chillier than Ronda - with highs of 14°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa
Fuente del Esparto ©
Fuente del Esparto

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, examine the collection at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nerja to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nerja in December since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Madrid journey tool .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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