17 days in Algarve, Province of Malaga & Morocco Itinerary

17 days in Algarve, Province of Malaga & Morocco Itinerary

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17 days in Algarve, Province of Malaga & Morocco Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly + bus:  21​h 15​min
1
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
On the 11th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Ponta Da Piedale, don't miss a visit to Cape Saint Vincent, then take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, and finally stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, then take a leisurely stroll along Carvoeiro Boardwalk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Marinha.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Lagos is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Lagos. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, with highs in Lagos at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Alvor Boardwalk, Praia da Marinha, Cape Saint Vincent, Carvoeiro Boardwalk
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Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade

2
nights
Faro, Portugal

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Bras Chapel, head off the coast to Tavira Island, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Faro Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Quelfes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barril, then contemplate the long history of Nucleo Museologico da Villa Romana de Milreu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Faro trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Faro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Faro, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tavira, Olhao, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil
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Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes ©
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Old City and Baños Arabes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Ruinas de Acinipo. Change things up with a short trip to El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro in El Chorro (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda, explore the ancient world of Murallas de Levante, and do a tasting at Joaquin Fernandez Bodega.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ronda trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Faro to Ronda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Faro to Ronda due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Baños Arabes ©
Baños Arabes
Old City ©
Old City

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Popular historic sites such as Castillo de Gibralfaro and Avenida del Mar are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Malaga Cathedral and Teatro Romano. Get out of town with these interesting Malaga side-trips: Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion (in Mijas Pueblo), Antequera (El Carmen Church, Alcazaba de Antequera, & more) and Benalmadena (Castillo de Colomares & Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village)). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga, stroll around Parque de Malaga, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Malaga trip builder .

Getting from Ronda to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Antequera, Benalmadena, Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion, Avenida del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

2
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira. On the next day, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaim Pinto Synagogue, then see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, and finally stroll through Cheval Essaouira.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Essaouira trip planner.

Getting from Malaga to Essaouira by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Malaga to Essaouira. In April in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Synagogue Slat Lkahal ©
Synagogue Slat Lkahal

1
night
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou ©
Seen in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows, the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou takes visitors on a journey back to the 17th century with its impressive South Moroccan architecture, boasting earthen clay dwellings in walled kasbahs.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the views at Ounila Valley and then contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ait Ben Haddou sightseeing app .

Getting from Essaouira to Ait Ben Haddou by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Essaouira in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ait Ben Haddou: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Ounila Valley ©
Ounila Valley

2
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.
On the 24th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally contemplate the long history of Medina of Marrakesh. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

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Drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Marrakech sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

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