Moorish Spain & Morocco

Once the heart of the Moorish empire, 'Al-Andalus' is where the Moors and Berbers from Morocco first set foot in Spain and remained the longest, until their eventual expulsion from Granada in 1492. They built a sophisticated Muslim kingdom, giving Andalucia its richest and most lasting cultural heritage. After a few days learning how this Moorish legacy pervades Andalucian life at every level, we cross by ferry to Morocco and arrive at Tangier, where the Berber force gathered to conquer Spain in 711. With the vibrant medina of Tangier, the Andalucian quarter of Fez, one of Morocco's oldest imperial cities, and the lively evening atmosphere on Djemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech, this shared Moorish history is evident throughout. For those who love meandering narrow streets, beautiful gardens and stunning architecture, it would be difficult to think of four more appealing cities than Granada, Ronda, Fez and Marrakech. Travelling by train lets us fully appreciate the changing scenery through these two contrasting yet familiar countries that are surely a feast for your senses.

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Trip Itinerary

  1. Day1Start Malaga.
  2. Day2To Granada; explore the Albaicin gypsy quarter, the Moorish baths and Capilla Real, resting place of the Catholic monarchs who ended Moorish rule in Spain; optional visit to the Alhambra Palace.
  3. Day3Drive to Setenil de la Bodegas, a beautiful White Village set amid Andalucia's rolling hills; on to Ronda.
  4. Day4Gentle walk into the stunning Grazalema National Park; return to Ronda.
  5. Day5Take the train to Algeciras for an exciting ferry journey across to Tangier; evening to explore the vibrant medina.
  6. Day6To one the world's finest Islamic cities, Fez; visit the beautiful area of Chefchouen en route.
  7. Day7Morning guided tour of the labyrinth of alleyways including a visit to the Andalucian Quarter; free afternoon.
  8. Day8Visit the Roman site of Volubilis; on to Rabat to walk through Kasbah des Oudaias.
  9. Day9Board the train for Marrakech and transfer into the breath-taking Atlas Mountains.
  10. Day10Gentle walk in the foothills of Toubkal, Morocco's highest mountain; return to Marrakech.
  11. Day11Free day in Marrakech to explore the souks, gardens, palaces and mosques and absorb the atmosphere of the vibrant Djemaa el Fna Square.
  12. Day12End Marrakech.


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