Escape to two different coasts as you travel between Spain and North Africa on this scenic two-week adventure. Start things off in Spain's southern Andalusia region with tapas tours in Málaga, deep-sea fishing in Cádiz, and a sojourn to the romantic clifftop town of Ronda. Then cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and follow both the Mediterranean and Atlantic as you tour Tangier, Asilah, Rabat, and Casablanca.


  • Enjoy Spain's delicious tapas culture in Málaga
  • Explore Andalusia's coast on fishing trips and cruises
  • Visit coastal cities in Morocco like Tangier and Rabat
  • Take a guided tour of the majestic Hassan II Mosque

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Málaga (Spain), Tapas Tour Málaga
Day 2 City Tour, Kayaking & Sunset Cruise Málaga
Day 3 Cliffs of Maro, Beaches & Snorkeling Málaga
Day 4 Transfer to Cádiz via Ronda Cádiz
Day 5 Free Day in Cádiz Cádiz
Day 6 Deep Sea Fishing Tour Cádiz
Day 7 Transfer to Tangier (Morocco), Guided Tour Tangier
Day 8 Day Trip to Tétouan Tangier
Day 9 Transfer to Asilah, Optional Activities Asilah
Day 10 Transfer to Rabat, Optional Activities Rabat
Day 11 Day Trip to Salé, Craft Workshop Rabat
Day 12 Transfer to Casablanca, Optional Activities Casablanca
Day 13 Private Tour of Hassan II Mosque Casablanca
Day 14 Depart Casablanca  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Málaga (Spain), Tapas Tour

Discover tapas culture in Andalusia, one bite at a time

Welcome to Spain! This beautiful and romantic country on the Iberian Peninsula boasts thousands of years of rich history. It's also a hotbed of different cultures within the same whole, each one represented in Spain's 17 autonomous regions. You'll touch down in Málaga, a coastal city in Andalusia, one of the most famous such regions in Spain. It's a culturally rich and unique area with its own history and customs, which you'll quickly discover. Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the city center.

Then you'll head out to indulge in Spain's tastiest cultural offering: tapas (literally "tops" or "caps"). These are small plates of food served in bars, bodegas, and restaurants, sometimes for free, accompanied by beer or wine. You can find variations in tapas culture throughout Spain, but it originated in Andalusia—and Málaga is a great place to dive right in. Meet your guide at the hotel and head out on a three-hour tapeo (tapas crawl).

During this tasty experience, you'll stroll through historic districts in Malága, periodically stopping at various locales, from contemporary eateries to family-run bodegas. Throughout, your expert food guide will ensure you eat tapas like the locals and pair them with the best wines. 

Day 2: City Tour, Kayaking & Sunset Cruise

Visit the highlights of Málaga, from the historic center to the coast

Wake up early and meet your guide for a walking tour of Málaga. During this 2.5-hour jaunt, you'll hit many of the city's highlights. These include the remodeled Port of Málaga (perfect for a waterfront stroll) and the 16th-century Málaga Cathedral, which features 131-foot ceilings, 15 chapels, and church organs with over 4,000 pipes. As you go, your guide will help bring the city to life by revealing stories about Málaga's culture and history. Of course, you won't miss the famous Picasso Museum, which houses 200 works by the master of cubism, who is a native of the city.

In the early afternoon, you'll travel about an hour east of the city to the fishing village of Nerja, known for its coastal cliffs and beautiful beaches. Once here, you'll hop in a kayak and explore the area. Over two or three hours, you'll paddle around fascinating locales like coastal cliffs, sea caves, and bird habitats. There will also be a stop to do some snorkeling.

Later in the afternoon, you'll head to the marina for another maritime adventure. Here, you'll hop aboard a catamaran and enjoy a scenic ride along the golden Andalusia coast. Feel the fresh sea breeze and watch the sun dip behind the mountains, and ignite the sky in fiery shades of red and orange. As it does, toast the scene with a glass of champagne before returning to port.

Day 3: Cliffs of Maro, Beaches & Snorkeling

Explore the coastal mountains and seaside cliffs east of Málaga

Head out on a half-day trip to the Maro Cliffs. Located about 45 minutes east of Málaga, this scenic area features a 7.5-mile (12 km) hiking path that runs parallel to the coast along dramatic cliffs. Besides the incredible sea views, many exotic plant species are endemic to this particular region in Spain.

The excursion begins with your arrival at a nature park in the Axarquía region. Here, you'll head out on the hiking trail running along fruit plantations that grow avocados, bananas, custard apples, sugar cane, and papayas. Eventually, you'll reach a 16th-century watchtower, from which you'll enjoy stunning views over the Maro Cliffs to the Mediterranean. After some time for photos, you'll head down the cliffs to a hidden cove, where you can go snorkeling.

Day 4: Transfer to Cádiz via Ronda

Ronda's Puente Nuevo Bridge over El Tajo Gorge
Ronda's Puente Nuevo Bridge, which straddles El Tajo Gorge

After breakfast, you'll join your driver for the ride east from Málaga to Cádiz, an ancient port city and capital of the Spanish province of the same name. The drive takes between two and three hours, but you'll break up the trip with a stop in the village of Ronda. Built astride a gorge carved by the Río Guadalevín and surrounded by the Serranía de Ronda mountains, Ernest Hemingway once said of this romantic village, "That is where you should go if you ever go to Spain on a honeymoon."

Ronda's also home to cultural significance, as this is where modern bullfighting was invented in the late 18th century. While on tour, you can visit a bullfighting museum in the Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda. Feel free to walk through Ronda's historic neighborhoods and across all three of the town's famed bridges, including Puente Nuevo, right above El Tajo Gorge.

After marveling at the landscapes and allowing plenty of time for photos, you'll hop back in the car for the final leg of the journey to Cádiz and check into your hotel.

Day 5: Free Day in Cádiz

The inviting Paseo Campo del Sur waterfront promenade
The inviting Paseo Campo del Sur waterfront promenade in Cádiz

You have the whole day to enjoy a self-guided tour of Cádiz, one of the most historic cities in southern Spain. It was the site of the creation of Spain's first constitution. Passed in 1812 in the Church of Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, it established national sovereignty from France. You can also visit the nearby Plaza de San Antonio, a historic square where the charter was once read aloud.

If you're a foodie, make a beeline to the Mercado Central de Abastos. Dating to 1838, this is Spain's oldest indoor municipal market, featuring more than 150 stalls selling everything from tapas to fresh produce and seafood. Near the market is the Paseo Campo del Sur. On this waterfront promenade, you can enjoy views of the majestic twin bell towers comprising the 17th-century Catedral de Cádiz, which dominates the skyline.

In the evening, explore Cádiz's famous restaurant scene. Because this is a port city, expect great seafood. Sit down at waterfront restaurants once frequented by sailors and sample fresh fish and shellfish, like dorada (gilt-head bream), sea bass, oysters, and crayfish. You definitely don't want to miss Cádiz's famous shrimp fritters.

Day 6: Deep Sea Fishing Tour

Hop on a boat in Cádiz and spend a day on the water
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Wake up early and head to the port, where you'll board a boat for a fishing trip. Leave Cadíz and sail out into the Atlantic Ocean, where you'll spend six hours angling for a variety of sport fish, including tuna, swordfish, bonito, mackerel, and more. It's a great experience to share with a loved one, friends, and family, as you enjoy the fresh sea breeze, music, and the thrill of the catch. At the end of the day, you'll return to port with the fish and transfer back to your hotel. 

Day 7: Transfer to Tangier (Morocco), Guided Tour

Explore the coast and wander the colorful hills of Tangier

In the morning, you'll transfer an hour down the coast by private car to Tarifa, the southernmost town on the European continent. Here, you'll board a ferry, and then it's another hour's ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. You'll arrive in Tangier, a dynamic coastal city that's at once bohemian and modern, North African and European. Here, you'll find everything that defines Morocco with a dash of French and Spanish culture. Upon arrival, you'll transfer to your hotel. Later, meet your personal guide for a tour of the city.

During this three-hour walk, you'll visit historic districts like the Kasbah (fortress) and Medina (walled Old Town). You'll visit highlights like the 17th-century Sultan's Palace, now a museum featuring a vast collection of antiquities from throughout Moroccan history. Continue strolling through the narrow lanes leading to Bab Bhar (Gate to the Sea), which offers fantastic views of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Iberian Peninsula, the port of Tangier, and the Ville Nouvelle (New Town).

Throughout the tour, your guide will lead you to hidden corners of the city filled with tiny restaurants, textile studios, communal ovens, and other cultural gems far off the tourist trail. By the end of the experience, you'll begin to understand the city like a local.

Day 8: Day Trip to Tétouan

Spend the day in Tétouan, the "White City" of Morocco

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for a 1.5-hour ride inland from Tangier and across the Tingitan Peninsula to Tétouan. This jewel of a city sits at the foot of the Rif mountains amid fruit orchards near the Mediterranean coast. It's known as the "white dove of Morocco" due to its whitewashed buildings. Many of these Moorish homes still belong to aristocratic families who are descendants of those expelled from Muslim-controlled Spain after the Christian Reconquista of the 15th century.

On a full-day tour, your guide will lead you to the highlights. It starts with visiting landmarks like the 19th-century Great Mosque and the ancient Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site that looks like it hasn't changed in several centuries. After strolling Hassan II Square, you'll tour the Royal Palace, a 19th-century building that's a residence of the Moroccan monarchy.

After a lunch of traditional Moroccan fare, you'll continue down the winding streets, visiting the Mellah (historic Jewish quarter), Berber market, and the Andalusian sector. End the day with a visit to Tétouan Archaeology Museum, which features curated exhibits of Roman relics, artifacts, and mosaics from Lixus, an ancient Phoenician city. Afterward, you'll return to Tangier.

Day 9: Transfer to Asilah, Optional Activities

Walk Asilah's streets and visit historic landmarks like the ancient walls

Leave Tangier by private car this morning and travel down the Atlantic coast to Asilah. This charming coastal city boasts a rich history with Portuguese colonial influences best exemplified by its 15th-century defensive walls. The drive there only takes about 45 minutes, but you'll take a detour to visit incredible landmarks.

You'll stop a few miles outside of Tangier at the famous Caves of Hercules. This dramatic cave complex is part human-made and part natural. It's said that the ancient Phoenicians carved its dramatic opening overlooking the sea, and local legend states that the Greek god Hercules once took a rest here between his famous exploits.

After the caves, continue on to Asilah. Once you've checked into your hotel, explore this artsy beach town on a self-guided tour. You'll find the best street art in the city adorning the walls in Old Town. Also, you should explore the historic ramparts. The Portuguese built many of these defensive walls, which remain intact today. And if you're traveling in the spring, the city comes alive with various festivals and cultural moussems (holiday celebrations), which are fun to watch.

Day 10: Transfer to Rabat, Optional Activities

The Kasbah in Rabat is one of the city's highlights

After breakfast, you'll meet your driver for the two-hour trip down the Atlantic coast to Rabat. This dynamic city is filled with rich history, as seen in its many Islamic and French colonial landmarks. It's also one of Morocco's four famous Imperial Cities—places that were the country's capital at one time or another. Since 1956, that capital has been Rabat. 

Upon arrival, you'll check into your hotel. Then, you can head out and explore on a self-guided tour. Start at the Royal Palace of Rabat and the medieval fortification of the Chellah Necropolis, where you can wander the Roman and Islamic ruins. Stroll through the Medina to Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret. Across from it, you'll find the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. It contains the tombs of the Moroccan king Mohamed V (who died in 1961) and his two sons. 

Throughout the walk, stop at the souks to browse local goods such as rugs, spices, slippers, jewelry, leather, and more—remember that bartering is part of the fun! If you like, head over to the Andalusian Gardens, a tranquil green oasis where you can sit down and relax. There are walking paths here amid green terraces filled with exotic plants, flowers, and fruit trees reminiscent of the famous gardens at the Alhambra in southern Spain. Finish the tour at the 12th-century Kasbah of the Udayas, home to the city's oldest mosque and one of a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Rabat.

Day 11: Day Trip to Salé, Craft Workshop

Marvel at the intricate interior of the Madrasa of Abu al-Hasan

Head out on a day trip to the nearby city of Salé, which is just north of Rabat. Here, you'll tour the historic Madrasa of Abu al-Hasan, an educational institute built in the 14th century. The building is a fine example of the ornate Marinid architecture style prevalent in North Africa during the 13th-15th centuries. While here, you'll walk the hallways, courtyard, and study rooms; the madrasa is also next door to the Great Mosque of Salé, the third-largest mosque in Morocco.

Upon returning to Rabat, you'll have lunch and then participate in an optional woodworking or leather workshop. Morocco is known for its leather goods and artisanal wooden crafts, and there's no better way to discover this cultural expression than during a three-hour immersive experience. The local expert craftspeople leading the workshop will provide you with the materials to use and then explain the fundamentals while relating the historical relevance of these crafts.

Day 12: Transfer to Casablanca, Optional Activities

Hit the streets of Casablanca and try authentic food, like a tajine

In the morning, meet your driver for the one-hour transfer down the coast to Casablanca. This is the country's commercial capital, and as such, it's buzzing with activity. Upon arrival, you'll check into your hotel and will have the rest of the day free to explore on your own.

In the evening, enjoy a Moroccan meal at one of the city's fine restaurants. If you want to try tasty and authentic tajine (Moroccan stew), make a beeline to the market streets of the Habous Quarter neighborhood. Also known as the New Medina, this central area exudes a delightful atmosphere, and its many restaurants and cafés are the best places to explore local flavors and culinary traditions.

Day 13: Privately Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque

The Hassan II Mosque boasts the tallest minaret in the world

There are many impressive landmarks in Casablanca. However, the undisputed highlight is the Hassan II Mosque. Sitting in a picturesque location on the ocean, its 690-foot (210 m) minaret is the tallest in the world. Even more unique is that this mosque is one of the few in the country where non-Muslims are permitted to enter. Today, you'll do just that on a guided tour.

As you walk up to the mosque, admire the impressive exterior and towering minaret. Once inside, your guide will point out the features of the ornate interior, such as its millions of intricate mosaic tiles. This lavish interior blends wood, marble, and carved stone with arched and ornamented ceilings. The roof is covered with emerald green tiles, and at night, the mosque glows orange, illuminated by lights that reflect on the ocean's waves. Artisans from across Morocco contributed to this superb architectural masterpiece.

Day 14: Depart Casablanca

Sun setting over Hassan II Mosque, in Morocco
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Enjoy one last Moroccan breakfast and then meet your driver for the transfer to the airport, where you'll catch your flight home. Safe travels!

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