Spain - Portugal - Morocco for a month :)

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1. Posted by mashka (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My friends and I are planing a trip ttrough Spai, Portugal, and Morocco for a month. This is our first 'big' travel and we are a little lost. :)

Can you please suggest us some routes? :)
We were thinking of going first to BArcelona (4days) than throught Valencia to Andalucia (Granada, Malaga, Gibrlatar) - then Maroocoo for a day or 2 days trip - Seville - Faro - Lisabon - Porto - Madrid :)

What do you think? :)

Any advices are welcome :)

TnX :)

2. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

it looks like a nice itinerary except for the morocco part: 1 or 2 days in morocco doesnt make much sense. i understand that you want to go there from spain by ferry, so you will probably visit only tanger, which is said to be the worst place to visit in morocco, a typical border town, full of hustlers hunting for confused westerners. morocco limited to 1 day in tanger means that you will probably hate this country, which will be a pity beacuse it is a fascinating and tourist-friendly place. so if you want to spend 1-2 days in morocco, buy a low cost flight to marrakesh (there are flights from barcelona i guess), and avoid tanger.

i would also choose a visit to córdoba instead of málaga and toledo instead of faro.

3. Posted by elsebas (Budding Member 51 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mashala:

Starting in Barcelona and make your way south through Valencia is a good idea but if I were you:
- From Valencia I would go to Toledo
- From Toledo I would go to Sevilla
- From Sevilla you "must" visit Granada, Córdoba and Cádiz

Barcelona won't take you more than three days, Valencia two, Toledo one, Sevilla two and the other andalucian cities one each.

That makes 11 or 12 days in Spain, 1-2 days in Morocco would be waste your time, I don't say it because of the country but because of the lack of time, you couldn't visit it properly, besides I've never been there and I can't tell you if it's worth to spend more time there.

If also never been in Portugal but I know it's a wonderful country and I'm sure you'll find a lot of great things to visit there.

If you want more information about Spain or are planning to spend more time here, let it me know and I'll try to make an itinerary for you.



4. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mashala

To help you more, I think we need to know a bit more. How are you intending to travel around: car, train, bus, air? What do you like to see and do: cities, countryside, beaches, coastlines, nightlife, walking, historic sites, tourist traps? Tell us more and I'll try to help you.

It's an unfortunate fact that most people start off with a list of cities, when all the best bits are in between and generally don't even have a name. Here's a little homespun philosophy to consider:
don't stay in one place for less than a week.
When you see a hill, walk up it.
When you see a bar, sit in it (and have a drink or three).
When you see a beach, lie on it.
When you get back home, don't boast about all the famous places you briefly flashed past. Tell people about the unheard of places that you took time to explore properly.

5. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You're gonna love Barcelona and every other city you've named I think.
3 days in Barcelona should be enough, maybe even 2 would make it if you only want to see the touristy stuff.
Parc Güell, Gothic Quarter, Montjuïc Palace and its fountains, Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gràcia with its modernist architecture and the Old Port are probably the places you should definitely see.
I'd like to suggest something off path, but I'm afraid this is something impossible in summer.

About Morocco, if you really wanna go there I think you should take more than 2 days. I haven't been there myself, but with 2 days you wouldn't even be able to build up a general idea.

And Lisboa..just wanted to say I liked this city very, very much. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

6. Posted by mashka (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hy everyone!! :)
thank you all for your advices...they are very helpfull :) i see that i haven't give you enough information...
we are going in spain around 15th september - 15th october .... our only goal is to see and feel life of these countrys and enjoy it... :)

feel the place, the beet of the city and not only turists spots...

tnx again ;)

7. Posted by saborosa (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd also second the recommendation to stick to Spain and Portugal.

Try and be in Barcelona for the Merce festival - the weekend around the 21-24 sept. There are firework parades, bonfires, music, human castles.... But book your accommodation as soon as you can (like now!).

Oh, and do NOT go to Gibraltar, unless you really have a thing for soulless British cities, fog and smelly Barbary apes. I'm really sorry if there are any offended Gibraltans out there, but I had a pretty bad time on the rock, and well, frankly there are better places to go.

If you want to get out of the cities, the Alpujarras valleys south of Granada are pretty wild. But you'll prob want a car if you're going to get off the beaten track. the coast south of there is pretty nice too. La Herradura is a decent little beach roestor, wiht a couple of more wild (nudist) beaches nearby in the direction of Nerja. For wild sand-dune backed beaches, visit the Costa de La Luz, especially the Doñana natural park.

8. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When you see a bar, sit in it (and have a drink or three).

That means, I wouldn't be able to leave Madrid ever ... (good idea!!!).

Just some remarks, on previous comments:

To go from Toledo to Sevilla, would mean to reverse back to Madrid (Atocha station), to get on the AVE to Sevilla.

3-4 days are good for Barcelona, the same for Madrid. (You can do Toledo as a daytrip, and the same is true for Segovia). Granada I would give 2 whole days.