15 days in Morocco, Marbella & Malaga Itinerary

15 days in Morocco, Marbella & Malaga Itinerary

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Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive to Málaga Airport, Fly to Rabat
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Rabat, Morocco
— 2 nights
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El Jadida, Morocco
— 1 night
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Train to Casablanca, Fly to Malaga
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marbella, Spain

— 2 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marbella: Ronda (El Tajo de Ronda, Puente Nuevo, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Concha, visit Marbella Old Town, contemplate the long history of Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, and go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marbella trip itinerary planner.

Madrid to Marbella is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in November; daily highs in Marbella reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Rabat.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Rabat, Morocco

— 2 nights
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 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias and then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Mohammad V. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan Tower and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chellah.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rabat vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Marbella to Rabat. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marbella to Rabat due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Marbella, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Rabat, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to El Jadida.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
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El Jadida, Morocco

— 1 night
Resting on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, El Jadida seamlessly blends Moroccan and European cultural influences and remains a remarkable example of how Portuguese colonists integrated Renaissance ideals into their construction technology.
On the 7th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Portuguese City and then admire the striking features of Portuguese Cistern. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kasbah Boulaouane.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the El Jadida day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rabat to El Jadida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rabat in November, expect cooler with lows of 11°C in El Jadida. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in El Jadida

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

Essaouira, Morocco

— 2 nights

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 9th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Medina of Essaouira and then make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Essaouira trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from El Jadida to Essaouira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from El Jadida in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Essaouira. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, then don't miss a visit to Koubba Almoravid, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Dar Moulay Ali, Maison de la France a Marrakech, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marrakech trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marrakech when traveling from Essaouira in November, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Fes, Morocco

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fes route site.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Fes, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Fes

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Fuente de Genova, then examine the collection at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, and then examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Fes to Malaga in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.