19 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lagos, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 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.
You've added El Born, Museu Picasso, Mercat de la Barceloneta, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, 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. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza as well as Gran Via. On your second day here, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid route tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 2 nights

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 19th (Wed), take a stroll through Albayzin, stop by Artesania del Arbol, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Seville.
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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.
Las Duenas Palace has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then examine the collection at Las Duenas Palace, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seville day trip site.

Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in October, Seville is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Praia Dona Ana, Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, Kayak Explorers, and other attractions. On the 23rd (Sun), get in touch with nature with Hike Algarve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, then tour in harmony with nature at Kayak Explorers, and finally enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lagos trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Seville to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lagos due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alfama, Rossio Square and Praca da Figueira. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, stop by Praca da Figueira, then wander the streets of Rossio Square, and finally stop by Alfama.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon attractions planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lagos in October since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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 26th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Casablanca trip builder tool.

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. Traveling from Lisbon in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Casablanca. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Chefchaouen.
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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 27th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chefchaouen attractions site.

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 27th (Thu) 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.
For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Fes itinerary planner.

Getting from Chefchaouen to Fes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll set off for Marrakech on the 28th (Fri).
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Marrakech, Morocco — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mellah, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, and then deepen your understanding at Medersa Ben Youssef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion and then contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Fes to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

4.1
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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