60 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Bus
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Nantes, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Train
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus
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Seville, Spain
— 6 nights
Bus to Tarifa, Ferry to Tangier
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Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
Train
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Rabat, Morocco
— 2 nights
Bus
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 11 nights

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Frankfurt, Germany — 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the next day, make a trip to Fountain of Justice, make a trip to Roemerberg, get great views at Main Tower, then make a trip to Romer, then steep yourself in history at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), and finally admire the masterpieces at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt attractions planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Frankfurt is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Frankfurt is minus 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in December: high temperatures in Frankfurt hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Sankt Andreas Kirche, see the interesting displays at Kathe Kollwitz Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Alt St. Alban.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip site.

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Museum Quarter. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the activities along The Amstel, and take in panoramic vistas at A'dam Lookout.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam planner.

Getting from Cologne to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Free Walking Tour Rotterdam.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam visit website.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 2 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grote Markt and Cathedral of Our Lady. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carolus Borromeus Church, and stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antwerp online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Antwerp sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Bruges sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Guild Houses, make a trip to Grand Place, stop by Planete Chocolat, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Brussels using our trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Jardin des Tuileries. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Musee de la Grande Guerre in Meaux, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and make a trip to Place des Vosges.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris trip site.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nantes.
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Nantes, France — 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Le Maille-Breze, and finally stroll around Parc de Proce.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nantes trip maker app.

You can fly from Paris to Nantes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Nantes are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Toulouse.
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Toulouse, France — 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, walk around Chateau Foucaud et parc, and then get in on the family fun at Escape Game S Room Agency. On your second day here, pick up some local products at Marche Victor Hugo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Garonne, and finally make a trip to Le Capitole.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Toulouse road trip planner.

Getting from Nantes to Toulouse by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as Ciutat Vella and Room Escape Games. Change things up with a short trip to Parc Francesc Macia in Malgrat de Mar (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, take in the waterfront at Port Vell, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Toulouse to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toulouse in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Casco Historico de Toledo and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (San Martin Bridge & Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala, and walk around Parque Madrid Rio.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip maker tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, Madrid is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Explore hidden gems such as Ribeira do Porto and Parque da Cidade. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, and get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip maker.

You can fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Porto hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On your second day here, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Anthony, then appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and finally take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 6 nights

City of Towers

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seville: Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (in Osuna), Ronda (Reservatauro Ronda & Alameda Del Tajo) and Museo de la Piel (in Ubrique). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

Plan trip to Seville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Seville sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tangier.
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Tangier, Morocco — 1 night

Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Petit Socco, examine the collection at Tangier American Legation Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moshe Nahon Synagogue, then admire the landmark architecture of Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947, and finally walk around Parc Perdicaris.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tangier itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Tangier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Tangier. In January, daily temperatures in Tangier can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rabat.
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Rabat, Morocco — 2 nights

On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then steep yourself in history at Kasbah des Oudaias. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan Tower, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rabat itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Tangier to Rabat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tangier in January, expect Rabat to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 36°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Casablanca.
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Casablanca, Morocco — 2 nights

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hassan II Mosque. There's lots more to do: slough off your stress at Wang Thai Spa, make a trip to Mahkama Du Pacha, contemplate the long history of Temple Beth-El, and wander the streets of Quartier Habous.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Casablanca sightseeing planner.

Drive from Rabat to Casablanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Rabat in January: high temperatures in Casablanca hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marrakech.
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Marrakech, Morocco — 11 nights

Red City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Medersa Ben Youssef. Make the 29th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marrakech online trip maker.

You can drive from Casablanca to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Casablanca in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Marrakech. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Morocco travel guide

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Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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