44 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

44 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

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44 days in Spain & Morocco Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  14​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
3
Antequera, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Ronda, Spain
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Marbella, Spain
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Nerja, Spain
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Granada, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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4
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.
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona online itinerary maker .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Barcelona is 5 hours. Traveling from San Juan in September, expect Barcelona to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 21°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Nightlife Outdoors Tours
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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: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, make a trip to Metropol Parasol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

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Fly from Barcelona to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Seville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Antequera.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

5
nights
Antequera, Spain

Antequera ©
Explore Antequera's surroundings by going to Rute (Museo del Azucar & Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana) and El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro (in El Chorro).

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

You can drive from Seville to Antequera in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antequera are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Ronda.

Things to do in Antequera

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Rute, Caminito Del Re, El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
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El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera
Caminito Del Re ©
Caminito Del Re

7
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Take a break from Ronda with a short trip to Playa El Palmar in Vejer de la Frontera, about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and snap pictures at Puente Nuevo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda travel route planner .

Take a train from Antequera to Ronda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Ronda sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Marbella.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa El Palmar
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Wine Tours & Tastings
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

6
nights
Marbella, Spain

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marbella: Adventure Rider Centre (in Mijas Pueblo), Malaga (Room Escape Games, Puerto de Málaga, & more) and Benalmadena (Benalmadena Puerto Marina & Parque De La Paloma). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Experience Box Spain, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a stroll through La Carihuela, and don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Estepona.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marbella attractions planner.

Take a bus from Ronda to Marbella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ronda, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Marbella, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Malaga, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Riding Fun In The Sun, La Carihuela
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Room Escape Games
Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre
Riding Fun In The Sun ©
Riding Fun In The Sun

6
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. Nerja is known for nature, beaches, nightlife, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa de la Alberquilla, stroll through Playa del Molino de Papel, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa.

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

You can drive from Marbella to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marbella in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nerja, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon

5
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Granada is known for historic sites, nightlife, parks, baths, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and get outside with Sierra & Sol.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner .

You can drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Granada, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, and then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Granada to Marrakech in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Marrakech is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Granada in October, expect Marrakech to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

3
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Essaouira road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marrakech in October, expect nights in Essaouira to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

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