10 days in Madrid, Marrakech & Lisbon Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Barrio de Las Letras, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo Lazaro Galdiano, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, then take a stroll through Gran Via, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Madrid. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Marrakech.
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Marrakech, Morocco — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): soak away your stress at local Arab baths, then admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and then admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, then contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, and finally look for gifts at Beldi Weave.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Madrid to Marrakech in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Marrakech hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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 the 9th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Carcavelos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally wander the streets of Chiado. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Lisbon journey maker tool.

Getting from Marrakech to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marrakech in December, you will find days in Lisbon are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, then view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Puerta del Sol, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

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Getting from Lisbon to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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