18 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
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Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a stroll through Las Ramblas, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally stop by El Barri Gòtic. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella, then take a stroll through Barri de Gracia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online driving holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, then explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and finally appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 1 night

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Albayzin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Granada journey builder app.

You can fly from Madrid to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Granada are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seville.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, then examine the collection at Las Duenas Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Triunfo, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seville trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Granada in November since evenings lows in Seville dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 1 night

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Vau Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, and then examine the collection at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip planner.

You can drive from Seville to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Lagos are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

Find out how to plan Lisbon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Lisbon sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Casablanca.
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Casablanca, Morocco — 1 night

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ain Diab and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Casablanca trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Casablanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in November: high temperatures in Casablanca hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chefchaouen.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Chefchaouen, Morocco — 1 night

Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chefchaouen road trip website.

Traveling by car from Casablanca to Chefchaouen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fes.
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Fes, Morocco — 1 night

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Glaoui Palace and then take in the exciting artwork at Art D'Argile.

To plan Fes vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Chefchaouen to Fes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.
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Marrakech, Morocco — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and finally view the masterpieces at David Bloch Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Mellah, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Fes to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Marrakech can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Morocco travel guide

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Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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