15 days in Morocco, Marbella & Gibraltar Itinerary

15 days in Morocco, Marbella & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Fly to Málaga Airport, Drive to Marbella
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Marbella, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive to Málaga Airport, Fly to Rabat
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Rabat, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
Bus to Algeciras, Bus to Gibraltar
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
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Marbella, Spain

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marbella: Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village) (in Benalmadena), Adventure Rider Centre (in Mijas Pueblo) and Hammam Almanzor (in Mijas). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, play a few rounds at Sunshine Golf, stop by Old City, and get great views at Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda.

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Christchurch, New Zealand to Marbella is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Marbella. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rabat.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Rabat, Morocco

— 1 night
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kasbah des Oudaias and then explore the ancient world of Chellah.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rabat day trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marbella to Rabat. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marbella to Rabat. Traveling from Marbella in November, you will find days in Rabat are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are much warmer (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Essaouira, Morocco

— 1 night

Wind City of Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Rabat to Essaouira takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rabat in November since evenings lows in Essaouira dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then stroll through Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and finally browse the exhibits of David Bloch Gallery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Koubba Almoravid, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna.

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Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Essaouira in November since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Coin Berbere and then admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Fes sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Fes

Museums · Shopping
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 12th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at The Gibraltar National Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Rock of Gibraltar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Gibraltar Botanic Gardens (The Alameda), then Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Adventure.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gibraltar online holiday builder.

Getting from Fes to Gibraltar by bus takes about 14.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fes to Gibraltar due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Fes, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Gibraltar, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
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Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.