49 days in Morocco, Portugal & Barcelona Itinerary

49 days in Morocco, Portugal & Barcelona Itinerary

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49 days in Morocco, Portugal & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Fatima, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sintra, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
Tangier, Morocco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Essaouira, Morocco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Fes, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  19​h 30​min
End: Manila, Philippines

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.
Visiting Rio Douro and NatourTracks will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Clerigos Tower and Palacio da Bolsa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas (in Tarouca), Guimaraes (Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Guimaraes Castle, & more) and Bom Jesus do Monte (in Braga). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Porto driving holiday tool .

Manila, Philippines to Porto is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Manila in June: highs in Porto hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Porto

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas, Castelo de Marialva, Penedono Castle, Parque do Fontelo
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Clerigos Tower ©
Clerigos Tower
Centro Historico de Guimaraes ©
Centro Historico de Guimaraes
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte

6
nights
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and Monastery of Alcobaca. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Convent of Christ and Praia da Nazare. Venture out of the city with trips to Obidos Village (in Obidos), Castle of Almourol (in Vila Nova da Barquinha) and Castelo de Vide (Judiaria de Castelo de Vide, Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Alegrete, and steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fatima trip planner .

Traveling by car from Porto to Fatima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Fatima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Fatima

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Coimbra, Castelo de Vide, Tomar, Praia da Nazare, Castelo de Marvao
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

5
nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Take a break from the city and head to Cabo da Roca and Praia da Areia Branca. Get some historical perspective at Castle of the Moors and Quinta da Regaleira. Take a break from Sintra with a short trip to Ericeria North Beach in Ericeira, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cascais Historic Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Guincho Beach, stroll through Cresmina Beach, and admire the striking features of Monserrate Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sintra visit planner .

Drive from Fatima to Sintra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Fatima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sintra, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cascais, Ericeria North Beach, Cabo da Roca, Praia da Areia Branca
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Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Castle of the Moors ©
Castle of the Moors
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

7
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get in touch with nature at Praia da Aberta Nova and Praia do Carvalhal. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Capela dos Ossos and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Venture out of the city with trips to Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo) and Evora (Se Catedral de Evora, Centro Historico de Evora, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Chiado, admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, and tour the water at your own pace with Sea Sky Portugal Charter.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon visit planner .

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. June in Lisbon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Tangier.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Evora, Ilha do Pessegueiro, Praia da Aberta Nova, Praia do Carvalhal
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

3
nights
Tangier, Morocco

Tangier ©
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam and Asilah Medina. Get some cultural insight at Petit Socco and American Legation. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Dalia Beach, stroll through Ba Kacem Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gran Mezquita de Tanger, and don't miss a visit to Musee de la Kasbah.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Tangier sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Tangier in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In June in Tangier, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Tangier

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Asilah
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Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam ©
Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam
Asilah Medina ©
Asilah Medina
Ba Kacem Beach ©
Ba Kacem Beach

2
nights
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen ©
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.
On the 28th (Thu), look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal, make a trip to Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah, then get engrossed in the history at Kasbah Museum, and finally stop by La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chefchaouen day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tangier to Chefchaouen takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

#Shopping, #Museums
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La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin ©
La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah ©
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah

5
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medina of Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki Beach. Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Essaouira Beach, head outdoors with Essaouira Urban Adventures, play a few rounds at Mogador Golf Academy, and don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts.

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

Traveling by car from Chefchaouen to Essaouira takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

Sidi Kaouki Beach
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Beach ©
Essaouira Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Ben Youssef Madrasa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret and El Badi Palace. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the striking features of Bahia Palace, and steep yourself in history at Mellah.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech online travel planner .

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, Marrakech is a bit warmer than Essaouira - with highs of 45°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
El Badi Palace ©
El Badi Palace
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret ©
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

3
nights
Fes, Morocco

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Medina of Fez and Tombe dei Merenidi. Get outdoors at Ifrane National Park and Monkey Watch. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Volubilis and stop by Medin'Art.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fes road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Fes

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Volubilis, Ifrane National Park, Monkey Watch
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Ifrane National Park ©
Ifrane National Park
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Archaeological Site of Volubilis ©
Archaeological Site of Volubilis

6
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.
Get outdoors at La Barceloneta and Fenals Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar), La Torre de Los Escipiones (in Tarragona) and Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey (in Montserrat). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Fes to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fes to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fes in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Tarragona, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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