Spain, Portugal and Morocco Enjoy the trip of a lifetime as Trafalgar expertly guides you through all the must-see sights of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Explore Spanish cities richly adorned with intricate architecture, and enjoy a real taste of everyday life as dinner guests at a family-run olive oil mill on Best of Spain. Take in Portugal’s changing landscape as you travel from its dramatic coastlines to its historic cities. And experience the exotic sights, sounds and aromas of Morocco’s colourful souks. Learn about: • Spain • Portugal • Morocco Discover these countries for yourself View some of our exciting 2013 itineraries: Spanish Experience 9 days from $1,550pp Impressions of Spain & Portugal 12 days from $1,875pp Spanish Salsa 9 Days from $2,435pp Spanish Wonder 9 days from $2,050pp Spain, Morocco and Portugal 16 days from $3,125pp Best of Morocco 9 days from $1,999pp Search All Holidays Spain Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, from the Costa Blanca to the Costa del Sol, enjoys an average of over 300 days sunshine each year. When northern Europe is being deluged or is frozen, you can almost guarantee that the south of Spain will be bathed in sunshine. In general, May and October are considered the best months for touring, as they’re generally dry and not too hot in most regions. Four fabulous reasons to take a trip to Spain: The food Paella, the traditional "tapas", the "jamón serrano", the "morcilla", the "tortilla" and so many other delicious Spanish dishes. The famous paella is a rice dish originally from Valencia. "Paella," which means frying pan in Spanish and leftovers in Arabic, is eaten traditionally on Sundays. Be awed by the spectacular Spanish music. Undeniably, Spain is famous for its music styles particularly the Flamenco. Move your body with grace to the tune of Spanish music. It delights the heart and frees the mind of troubles as you express yourself on the dance floor. Quaff the fabulous wine There are wine growing regions all over the country, the best-known being La Rioja in the north. Visit Jerez to see the home of sherry and check out the little known vintages of the Canaries. Admire the Art Spain has produced world-renowned painters ranging from classical Velazquez to surrealist Picasso. Madrid has some of the finest art museums in the world. Portugal Lisbon is Europe’s oldest capital after Athens and is one of the world’s greatest natural harbours. As one of the world’s great historic cities, it should not be missed, especially by history buffs. Soak up the sun on Portugal’s fabulous beaches The Algarve, which stretches 200 kilometres from the westerly rocky cliffs of Cape Saint Vincent to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border, has more than 100 wide sandy beaches. The jagged coastline shelters sunbathers and surfers with sandstone cliffs. The freshest fish and shellfish Seafood is abundant in Portugal, a land of fishermen and sailors. Grilled sardines and mackerel are classic favourites and fish is freshly cooked to order. Cataplana, a garlicky stew of shellfish, fish and sometimes chicken and sausage, is a must and is served steaming hot in special, hooded copper pots. The soulful and sad Fado music. Many hotels and pubs throughout Portugal host Fado music concerts, a type of urban folk music with nostalgic, often mournful lyrics, accompanied by guitar. The music traces back to the 1820s and is said to have a mix of Arabic and African origins. Morocco Nestled on the north western tip of Africa, separated from the rest of the continent by the towering Atlas Mountains and by the Sahara itself Morocco is a world apart. Enjoy amazing colours, the smells and sounds of Islamic Africa. Bustling souqs and spice markets, stunning mosques, white-washed sea side towns and medieval city centres. Visit the Imperial Cities Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat and Meknes have all, at some point in history, been the capital of Morocco. These cities have palaces, churches, mosques and museums that provide a glimpse into Morocco’s history. Moroccan Food – need we say more? You’ll probably be able to smell the herbs and spices baked into the local food before you sit down to eat it. Moroccan dishes include stews and couscous and are prepared in tagines with fish, chicken or lamb. Superb Shopping Fez, Casablanca and Tangier are the country’s most popular places to shop. The souks are stacked with ceramics, leather goods, baskets, carpets and jewelry. Bargaining with the shop owner or artisan is both expected and accepted in Morocco. The History Morocco’s history encompasses influences from the Berbers, the Roman Empire and the French and Spanish settlers who tried to claim the country as their own. As you move from city to city and region to region on your Trafalgar guided holiday, you will be able to see the influences all of these people have had on Morocco.