18 days in Morocco & Spain Itinerary

18 days in Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa, Canada
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque, and stroll through Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marrakech route maker app.

Ottawa, Canada to Marrakech is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Marrakech is 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Ottawa in December: high temperatures in Marrakech hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza de España, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seville day trip planning site.

You can fly from Marrakech to Seville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Marrakech in December, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Wineries 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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, make a trip to Paseo de Blas Infante, and steep yourself in history at Puente Viejo.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip planner.

Drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ronda are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Parks Nature
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
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): admire the local landmark of Fuente del Esparto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Balcony of Europe, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary. On your second day here, Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, make a trip to Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, thensteep yourself in history at Punta Lara, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nerja online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Nerja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ronda in December; daily highs in Nerja reach 14°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja ©
Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barcelona holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Nerja to Barcelona takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Nerja in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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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, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get a bit cooler in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

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

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