Passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both a stereotype come to life and a country more diverse than you ever imagined. Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you'll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality
A perfect day in Barcelona is like just one bite of a particularly luscious chocolate cake. Delicious, but you'll want more. Bring the right attitude and a handy metro pass. Hopping public transit will allow you to zip from one local to the next, and get a glimpse of Barcelona’s most emblematic attractions in just one action-packed (perfect) day—Las Ramblas, The Gothic Quarter, and Sagrada Familia. All this without skimping on time for one of the city’s biggest draws ---the Barcelona cuisine.
Drawn by the allure of the Alhambra, many visitors head to Granada unsure what to expect. What they find is a gritty, compelling city where serene Islamic architecture and Arab-flavoured street life go hand in hand with monumental churches, old-school tapas bars and counterculture graffiti art. The city, sprawled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and their legacy lies all around: it’s in the horseshoe arches, the spicy aromas emanating from street stalls, the teterías (teahouses) of the Albayzín, the historic Arab quarter. Most spectacularly, of course, it’s in the Alhambra, an astonishing palace complex whose Islamic decor and landscaped gardens are without peer in Europe. There’s also an energy to Granada’s streets, packed as they are with bars, student dives, bohemian cafes and intimate flamenco clubs, and it’s this as much as the more traditional sights that leaves a lasting impression.
Day Trip to Seville, Spain
Marrakech may not be the largest city in the world--it's not even the largest city in Morocco. But Marrakech offers so much to see, do, eat, and shop that it feels as though it's a country all its own. Focus, mostly, on the medina quarter. Power your day on the mint tea you can find pretty much everywhere. Within the medina, find traditional Moroccan food, 14th century buildings, the Koutoubia mosque, and, yes, some snake charmers too. Leave the medina for the Yves Saint Laurent museum and house. But be back around dusk to eat your way through the food stalls at Jemaa El Fna.
Camel & ATV Combo Full-Day Desert Tour
Enjoy 2 activities on this tour of Marrakech as you ride across the rocky desert on a camel and discover the charming Berber villages of the Jbilets area on a high-performance Yamaha quad bike. You also stop for and authentic lunch at a traditional house with very welcoming hosts. Following a pick up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, head to the desert for a camel ride, protecting yourself from the sun a traditional scarf. Marvel at the rocky terrain and beautiful palm groves from the back of a camel. Stop for lunch at Hicham’s house where you are welcomed warmly by your host. Enjoy an authentic Tagine dish in this Berber village, and experience a way of life that hasn’t changed for decades. After lunch, continue to explore the Berber villages of the Jbilets geological area by Yamaha quad bike. Your guide equips you with all necessary gear and goes over a safety lesson with you before you set out. Listen as they tell you about the lives of the locals and the history of the area, adapting the level of the ride to the riders present. Then after filling your camera with memorable photos, return to the starting point to catch your ride back to Marrakech.
With just one day in Madrid it can be hard to choose what to do. A perfect day in the Spanish capital could involve a rowboat ride in the Retiro, a stroll down Gran Via to enjoy Madrid’s impressive (and impressively different) architecture, and—as a reward for all that activity—a taste of Iberian cheeses and meats. Alternatively, soak up the morning views from Circulo de Bellas Artes, and while away the afternoon relaxing in Madrid’s botanical garden.
Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance
Step back in time as you explore Toledo and Segovia on this guided excursion with an experienced guide. Learn about Spanish history while strolling past medieval architecture, soaring cathedrals, and charming neighborhoods in 2 cities that bear beautiful traces of the region's past. Meet up with your guide and depart from Madrid to head toward Toledo, a city that has been heavily influenced by the combination of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish culture. Follow your guide through the quaint streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you stop by the Cathedral of Toledo, and revel in impressive panoramic views at the Mirador del Valle. Walk underneath the arched hallways of The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and cross the medieval Puente de San Martin that stretches over the river Tagus. Continue on to Segovia and to see aqueducts constructed by Roman engineers, and visit the Alcazar, a picture-perfect castle perched atop a rocky hilltop near the Guadarrama Mountains. Listen to the echo of footseps in the hallowed chambers of the Gothic Segovia Cathedral and then return to your coach for the return ride through the countryside back to Madrid.
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