48 days in Morocco, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

48 days in Morocco, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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48 days in Morocco, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Evora, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ronda, Spain
— 5 nights
6
Granada, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Salamanca, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Charlotte, United States

1
night
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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 14th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Ben Youssef Madrasa, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, then admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, and then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip builder tool .

Charlotte, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Marrakech is 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Charlotte in November, with highs in Marrakech at 74°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, see the interesting displays at Museu Colecao Berardo, take a stroll through Alfama, and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Marrakech to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Marrakech in November, plan for slightly colder days in Lisbon, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

5
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Get some cultural insight at Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). You'll explore and learn at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo and Megalithica Ebora. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, steep yourself in history at Walls of Evora, examine the collection at Museu de Evora, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro.

Plan trip to Evora with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

5
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Barrio Santa Cruz. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla and Torre del Oro. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, explore the world behind art at Musee Flamenco De Seville, get engrossed in the history at Museo Musica Africana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip website .

Getting from Evora to Seville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

5
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Peinado and Scott Simpson Fine Art. Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Palacio de Congresos de Ronda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Mondragon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Caza.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Palacio de Congresos de Ronda ©
Palacio de Congresos de Ronda
Murallas de Levante ©
Murallas de Levante

5
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
You'll explore and learn at Alcazaba and Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla. Alhambra and Generalife will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Velez-Malaga (Teatro del Carmen & Ermita de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios), Malaga Cathedral (in Malaga) and Nerja (Museo de Nerja & Church of El Salvador). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Albayzin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Royal Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and make a trip to Convento de Santa Catalina de Zafra.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Granada online tour planner .

You can drive from Ronda to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ronda in December: high temperatures in Granada hover around 56°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Malaga, Velez-Malaga, Nerja
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, examine the collection at Parc de Montjuic, admire the masterpieces at Fundacio Joan Miro, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip maker .

You can fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Appreciate the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Lazaro Galdiano. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Catedral Primada, El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, admire the striking features of Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, walk around Retiro Park, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 54°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

5
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Popular historic sites such as Salamanca,Casco Historico and Ieronimus are in your itinerary. Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis and Sala Hospederia Fonseca will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Anaya, and delve into the distant past at Siega Verde Archaeological Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Salamanca trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Madrid to Salamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Salamanca, with lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Salamanca,Casco Historico ©
Salamanca,Casco Historico
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

5
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Museu Serralves and Belomonte 20 will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Coimbra (Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) & Sala dos Capelos). Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Estadio do Dragao, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, and see the interesting displays at Casa-Museu Marta Ortigao Sampaio.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto route planning tool .

Getting from Salamanca to Porto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salamanca in December: high temperatures in Porto hover around 60°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Coimbra
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

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