A Month in Spain and Morocco in Photos

By alison - February 11, 2014

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Step inside and take a look at our month in Morocco and Spain.

Sunday we returned to Brussels after a month long experiment in working remotely in Andalusia, Spain and Tangier, Morocco. It was challenging and rewarding. We learned a lot and we have some big plans to share with you soon. As you can well imagine, we have plenty of stories and photos to share. While we recover and regroup, here are a few of our favourite photos from our month.

Boardwalk in Malaga, Spain

Andrew and I started our journey with a relaxing breakfast here in Malaga, Spain, before boarding the bus to Granada.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Even though I had already visited the Alhambra, in Granada, I was excited to see the lion fountain, which was being restored the last time I visited.

Train ride in Andalusia

After a week in Granada, we boarded the train to Algeciras, where we would catch a ferry to Morocco. This view of Andalusia was taken from the train. Spectacular!

View of Tangier, Morocco

Our base for the next several weeks of work was Tangier, Morocco. This is a view of the city from our roof terrace.

Woman in Tangier, Morocco

Tangier provided us with many challenges, culturally and otherwise. Even so, we were able to capture a few moments of beauty in our wanderings.

Cat graffiti in Tangier

There are cats everywhere in Morocco. We even spotted some kitty graffiti in the Kasbah.

Kitten in Tetouan, Morocco

This little black kitten in Tetouan reminded me of our Buddy cat.

Cat with fish in Tetouan

We couldn’t believe how patient this cat at a fish stall in the Tetouan market was.

Donkey in Tetouan

On the weekends we took a break from work and went on some day trips. Our first was to Tetouan, where we spotted this ‘Berber Taxi,’ better known as a donkey.

Tetouan Market stall

The tiny shops in Tetouan’s old town are colourful and varied. This shop sold nothing but thread and zippers.

Pigments in Tetouan

This colourful pigments are added to plaster and used to paint the walls of buildings.

Tagines in Morocco

We spotted these colourful tagines at a roadside stand. It was all I could do to resist carting home armloads of pottery.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Our second day-trip was to Chefchaouen, Morocco, the famed ‘Blue City.’ You can see why…

Donkey in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen also has its share of donkeys. This one was transporting propane tanks through the narrow streets.

My one souvenir of Morocco was spices.

My one souvenir of Morocco was spices. I loaded up at this spice stall in the souk, where the vendor weighed out my spices on his beautiful brass scales.

Ferry to Gibraltar

I’ll admit, we were pretty glad to board the ferry headed for Spain, at the end of our stay. We were greeted with this gorgeous view of Gibraltar.

Andalusia Almond Blossoms

Andalusia welcomed us back with blue skies and almond blossoms.

Parque Natural Cabo de Gata

On our final day in Spain, we took a road trip to the Parque Natural Cabo de Gata where we had this dramatic view of Las Sirenas.

The 4 amigos

Of all of the photos from our trip, this one is my favourite, taken on the very last day. After a month together, not always in the best of conditions, we are still smiling and laughing – proof that with great friends around you, you can tackle anything.



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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Adriana

    Adriana February 11, 2014 at 11:15

    LOVE the photos, especially the spices, tagines and the Blue City. Very interested in seeing it. Gorgeous!!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 11, 2014 at 11:24

      Thanks Adi. There were definitely some beautiful details to focus on although sometimes it was hard to get beyond the ‘big picture.’ We’ll talk :)

  2. Comment by EuroTripTips

    EuroTripTips February 11, 2014 at 15:36

    Love your photos, Alison! I really enjoyed Morocco myself but I was ready to go by the end of my stay. Such a difficult adaptation. But Andalusia? I could stay there my entire life 😉

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 11, 2014 at 16:21

      Thanks Marie! I’m with you on Andalusia! I could stay there forever too. Morocco was tough but more because we were there to work rather than travel. Someday we’ll go explore some other parts of it but now we need some time away :)

  3. Comment by Betsy Talbot

    Betsy Talbot February 11, 2014 at 16:32

    Love reliving the trip through your lens! And yes, my favorite pic is also the last one. :)

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 11, 2014 at 16:38

      Thanks Betsy! It’s always interesting to see what stood out after the fact… even for me :)

  4. Comment by Patricia

    Patricia February 11, 2014 at 17:41

    Beautiful and interesting photos – full of colour. Makes me want to visit Morocco! Loved my own visit to Andalucia 20 years ago.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 11, 2014 at 18:46

      Thanks Patricia! It’s definitely a colourful place.

  5. Comment by Leigh

    Leigh February 13, 2014 at 15:04

    Beautiful photos! We are trying to plan a 4 day trip to Morocco in May. Any suggestions?

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 13, 2014 at 15:14

      Thanks Leigh! It depends where you’re flying into. Of the places we visited, Chefchuoan was my favourite but I’ve heard good things about Marrakesh and the southern coast.

  6. Comment by Michelle

    Michelle February 19, 2014 at 03:27

    Wow, those are spectacular photos… love those kitties… sounds like it was an adventure!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison February 19, 2014 at 09:43

      Thanks Michelle! It was definitely an adventure and there were loads of kitties. Sadly not many of them were friendly.

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