Morocco, Spain & Portugal

desert-landscape-scenery-moroccoOn the heels of a fabulous ski season in Taos, Betsy and I are headed out on a six-week tour of Morocco, Spain, and Portugal.

First we’re grabbing a connecting flight to Casablanca from Madrid, then, having hired a driver/guide, visiting Essaouira, Marrakesh, Skoura, Erg Chebbi, Merzouga, Erfoud, Fez, and Tangiers before hopping the ferry to cross the straits of Gibraltar to Algeciras Spain.  We’ll travel by train from Algeciras to Granada, then drive to Cordoba and Seville.  From Seville we’re flying to Lisbon.  After relaxing for a few days in Portugal, we’re flying to Bilbao then driving to San Sebastian, taking the train to Barcelona, and visiting Figueres and Girona, before heading down the coast to Valencia.  Finally, we take the bullet train from Valencia to Madrid before returning home.  We’ll be blogging along the way, so please visit here if you want to tag along virtually.  

April 14, 15 & 16: Albuquerque, Dallas, Madrid, Casablanca

All things considered, we had an uneventful trip from Morocco to Casablanca via Albuquerque and Dallas. American Airlines continues on their losing streak as far as I’m concerned, they refused to route our bags through to Casablanca because, at their recommendation, we booked that portion of the trip from Madrid through Iberia, one of their partners.  They told us we were victims of a new policy introduced recently that doesn’t allow them to connect flights using different reservation numbers.  Ummm, perhaps they should have mentioned that at the time they helped us with the itinerary. Oh well, fears of a missed connection were misplaced due to the efficiency of the Madrid Airport, a very un-American experience, stunning space, excellent signs, friendly people, that allowed us to retrieve and recheck our bags in plenty of time to enjoy Iberia’s lounge before essentially walking right on to our final connection. We were picked up by our driver Muhammed (he said to call him Kikki otherwise half the people on the street will answer – lots of Muhammad’s in Morocco).  Tomorrow we’re going to church…well, mosque actually, a first for us, then off to Essaouira for some beach time before heading to Marrakesh.

April 17 – 19: Essaouira

April 19 – 22: Marrakesh

April 22 – 24: Skoura

April 24- 25: Erg Chebbi/Merzouga

April 25 – 26: Erfoud

April 26 – 28: Fes

April 28 – 30: Tangiers

April 30 – May 3: Granada

May 3 – 6: Cordoba/Seville

May 6 – 10: Lisbon

May 10 – 13: Bilbao/San Sebastian

May 13 – 17: Barcelona/Figueres/Girona

May 17 – 19: Valencia

May 19 – 23: Madrid

May 23: Albuquerque

May 24: Taos