Seeking advice for Spain > Morocco > Canary Islands Itinerary
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 17, 2012 3:30 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Apr 29, 2012 2:59 PM
I am thinking of traveling to Spain, Morocco and Canary Islands at the end of June beginning of July for 14 days. First, do you think it's possible to hit a few cities in Spain (which ones do you recommend?), a few in Morocco and then spend a few days in the Canary Islands? Do I have enough time? It'd be great to see Madrid, Granada, Seville, and Cadiz. Are there any beaches in Spain that you'd recommend? I'd also like to definitely see Tangier, Casablanca, and Marrakesh. Then I hope to spend a few days in Tenerife and maybe a few other Canary Islands.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by: dschwister
Apr 29, 2012 5:08 PM
To me, too much in 14 days travel between 2 countries and 8 cities/places... I think you can try to do it like 1 week for "continental" Spain and another for Morocco, but skip Canary Islands at all. Madrid deserves at least 2 full days (3 nights), and Sevilla and Granada probably another couple of days each. And then you should take in account the travel time to go to Morocco and inside the country (Tangier, Casablanca and Marrakesh are not close by...). So, even skipping Canary at all, you will be in some hurry probably
Apr 29, 2012 8:46 PM
2Spain and 2 in Morocco will keep you busy enough.
If you are flying into Madrid then 3.5days there, 0.5day to train to either Granada (3days) or Seville (3days). I would leave out Cadiz as that would cut into your time to really appreciate and enjoy Seville.
Don't even think about the Canary Islands.
Apr 30, 2012 4:48 AM
3..... you don't say where you are coming from, you sound like an American. You don't say how you propose to travel either. If you haven't been to any of these places before, Spain is the best place to begin then. If you choose Spain travel by train and research this site http://www.seat61.com . Just focus on one country, remember Portugal is also easy to get to from there, offering a different experience. Currently tourist costs are very low in these countries, you'll receive a great welcome. Try to do less well rather than making a mess of too much.
Apr 30, 2012 7:31 AM
4First, do you think it's possible to hit a few cities in Spain (which ones do you recommend?), a few in Morocco and then spend a few days in the Canary Islands? Do I have enough time? It'd be great to see Madrid, Granada, Seville, and Cadiz. Are there any beaches in Spain that you'd recommend? I'd also like to definitely see Tangier, Casablanca, and Marrakesh. Then I hope to spend a few days in Tenerife and maybe a few other Canary Islands.
You don't have enough time to see all the places you quoted so you'll have to cut your list of destinations. With only 14 days, I would stick to the south of Spain or some areas in Morocco.
I am thinking of traveling to Spain, Morocco and Canary Islands
I'd like to point out that the Canary Islands are fully part of Spain and they are also part of the Schengen area.
May 1, 2012 10:09 AM
May 1, 2012 2:39 PM
6The itinerary you suggest isn't as bad as others claim. It's a fun and interesting cultural trip, giving you an interesting insight into the common history of Africa and Andalucia. The two things that might get you trouble is Granada and Casablanca. Granada because it's a big detour from the route between the rest of the destinations (which are on one easy route with good connections and no backtracking). Casablanca because it's not a particularly interesting destination, and it breaks up what could be a comfortable night train (Marrakech-Tangier, 9h) into two long mid-day train rides.
I'd suggest starting in Marrakech, then you can take the night train to Tangier. You'll be best served flying into Marrakech if you can, then going north. You should plan for two nights in Marrakech minimum, it's one of the most exotic and interesting destinations on your list. I've never been to Tangier, so I can't say much about it, but the day you arrive with the night train should be enough for exploration from what I've heard. After taking the ferry from Tangier to Tarifa or Algeciras (Spain), you can get to Cadiz in 2h on a beautiful bus ride, then it's 90m from Cadiz to Sevilla. From Sevilla you can get to Madrid easily. If you stay in Cadiz and Sevilla one night each, you'll have time for basic exploration, and you'll be in Madrid 5 or 6 nights after starting in Marrakech - leaving you plenty of time for even the Canary Islands if you plan your flights well. With that as a skeleton itinerary you can either flesh it out with more destinations (like Granada, or more in Morocco) or more time in cities that catches your interest.
I'd start in Morocco as it's the most demanding part of your trip, and you'll want the relaxation in Spain afterwards. Alternatively the other way if you can find a direct flight or ferry from Morocco to the Canary Islands, they are very close and that would be convenient for a trip like this. I haven't had any luck with that, though.
Just pack light, plan well and be very careful with what you eat in Morocco. Book the next night's accommodation online as you go and print a decent map from google maps so you don't end up having to mess around looking for hotels on arrival, which is a huge drain on time.
May 1, 2012 6:11 PM
1 day and/or night in a city or town - how much culture and insight do you think the OP is going to get?
Trip is do-able, no one is denying that. Enjoyable? I doubt it. Too rushed.
May 1, 2012 9:58 PM
8Thanks all for the helpful advice. I agree that it does sound rather rushed. I'd be traveling from San Francisco and most likely won't be back to that region for a very, very long time so I want to see as much as I can. It looks like I could fly into Tenerife and then maybe take a flight to Marrakech and make my way north - stopping at Tangier for a day or so and then hitting Seville for a few days and then ending in Madrid. How does that sound?
Dec 17, 2012 3:20 AM
Dec 17, 2012 3:30 AM
10You tell us in a very complicate manner that you are looking for a package tour for 4 people only.
The TT forum is for indipendent travellers.
Your needs, however, can be covered by any good travel agency. I guess you will need a car with driver and licensed guide for Galicia and Portugal and the same again for Morocco, plus a travel agent who books the flights from your home to Lisboa or Porto, from Lisboa to Casablanca, from Agadir to Las Palmas and from there back to your home.
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