So, I'm starting to the JMack's third Trip of a Lifetime. (The first was Malta where Mrs,. JMack's mother was born; the second was Greece, with a few days in Istanbul).
I had been thinking of a walking tour in Cotswolds, plus a few days in Granada because Lisa has been wanting to visit the Al Hambra.
Then I got a bee in my bonnet (so to speak -- really, so to speak ) and am thinking about a few days in southern Spain and then a multi-day visit to Morocco.
Anyone ever been? @Saraband?
You'll never be short of things to see in Southern Spain, @Jmack
, don't worry
Seville is absolutely spectacular, and one day is not enough for you to see all the things worth seeing! There's the must-see Catedral de Sevilla, and right next to it, La Giralda, which involves climbing quite a height on foot - good thing is that, from what I recall, there aren't that many steps, but ramps. Don't be fooled though - climbing 100m of steep ramps in Sevilla's staunching heat is something of a challenge, though the views you get at the top are absolutely breathtaking.
Then there is my absolutely favourite monument, the Alcazar. Its architecture is perfect in showcasing the beautiful range of different heritages that make up the culture of South Spain, bringing together Muslim, Jewish and Catholic elements in quite an awe-inspiring manner. Its gardens have also been prominently featured in Game of Thrones, for the scenes that take place in Dorne
I know the Alhambra gets all the publicity, and rightly so, but the Alcazar in Seville is a very similar example of how rich Southern Spanish culture is.
Finally, I would recommend the Casa de Pilatos. It is a museum with a very interesting history, and I found its guided tour hilarious because of the guide's accent and her awkward turns of phrase.
When you're done with these (which should take you a while), then Seville is just a wonderful city to roam freely and explore its narrow streets. Have some tapas and enjoy some local refreshments, take a walk by the river, or walk in the gardens close to the university - I absolutely love Seville
Then, other places in Southern Spain which might interest you are Cordoba - its Mosque-Cathedral epitomizes the history of the region perfectly, and the Cordoba Synagogue is also worth a visit. You can also find the ruins of a Roman temple right in the middle of town.
In Granada you have to go and spend a few hours at the Alhambra. It is one of those places completely out of this world. But please, make sure you don't miss the Palace of Charles V if you can - and especially if you're tired of only seeing Medieval / Moorish monuments. This Palace is from an entirely different era of Spanish History, and it has quite a few artistic treasures on display - plus, it's a beauty, a sort of Spanish Versailles.
Unfortunately I have never been to Morocco, so I can't give you any guidance from personal experience. But your idea of visiting Southern Spain and Morocco on the same trip sounds marvelous, and will only make you see how intertwined both places are through centuries (even millennia) of shared history.
@Jmack, bad boy!!! You know that if you mention southern Spain, both Saraband and I will tell you to go to southern Portugal instead
And then, because you prefer culture to beach, I tell you to go to Lisbon instead!
And then, because I'm selfish, I say "come to England for a few days!!! See castles, manor houses and FF people (me, of course!)"
But then again, I think @ScarletBea
's plan sounds great