20 days in Spain, Morocco & Algiers Itinerary

20 days in Spain, Morocco & Algiers Itinerary

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20 days in Spain, Morocco & Algiers Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
6
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Algiers, Algeria
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Cairo, Egypt


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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Sagrada Familia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Casa Batlló, then browse the exhibits of El Cafè de la Pedrera, then kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Park Güell, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nova Mar Bella Beach, and finally stroll through Platja de la Nova Icaria.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona attractions website .

Cairo, Egypt to Barcelona is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Barcelona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in August, things will get a bit cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seville.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

3
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Royal Alcázar of Seville and Seville Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Seville, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional de Donana in Huelva, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, wander the streets of Triana, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretación Judería de Sevilla, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Seville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Seville are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Vega, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mezquita de Córdoba.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cordoba trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Seville to Cordoba takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seville in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

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Playa de Vega
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Playa de Vega ©
Playa de Vega
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, admire the masterpieces at Picasso Museum Málaga, then take a stroll through Marbella Old Quarter, then go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina, and finally identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Malaga trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Malaga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in August, you will find days in Malaga are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Marbella, Nerja, Butterfly Park of Benalmadena
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Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa de la Alberquilla and Fundación Cueva de Nerja. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alhambra and Generalife. Change things up with a short trip to Alboran Adventure&Charters in La Herradura (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, stop by Munira, get curious at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), and steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Granada attractions planner.

Drive from Malaga to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nerja, Alboran Adventure&Charters
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla

3
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.
Ben Youssef Madrasa and Saadian Tombs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Marrakech with a short trip to Oukaimeden in Oukaimeden, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, contemplate the long history of Medina of Marrakesh, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marrakech Souk, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech visit planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Granada to Marrakech in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Granada to Marrakech. While traveling from Granada, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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nights
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Step out of the city life by going to Tassili n'Ajjer and La Playa. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique and Kasbah of Algiers. Go for a jaunt from Algiers to Boumerdes to see Ushuaia Beach Club about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee National du Bardo, explore the world behind art at Le Musee National Des Beaux Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial du Martyr.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Algiers vacation planning site .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and train from Marrakech to Algiers in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Algiers is 1 hour. When traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for slightly colder days in Algiers, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ushuaia Beach Club, Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, La Playa
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Tassili N'Ajjer National Park ©
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo

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