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

Manila, Philippines
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
Porto, Portugal
— 6 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
Manila, Philippines

6
days
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 Guides In Portugal will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Clerigos Tower and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Guimaraes (Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Guimaraes Castle, & more), Bom Jesus do Monte (in Braga) and Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas (in Tarouca). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and see NatourTracks.

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, Parque do Fontelo, Bom Jesus do Monte, Castelo de Linhares da Beira, Castelo de Marialva
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Clerigos Tower ©
Clerigos Tower
Centro Historico de Guimaraes ©
Centro Historico de Guimaraes
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Bom Jesus do Monte

6
days
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 Convent of Christ. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Batalha Monastery and Monastery of Alcobaca. Venture out of the city with trips to Castelo de Vide (Judiaria de Castelo de Vide, Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha, & more), Obidos Village (in Obidos) and Praia da Nazare (in Nazare). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Marvao, contemplate the waterfront views at Castelo do Bode, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, and don't miss a visit to Fatima.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fatima online trip maker .

Getting from Porto to Fatima by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Fatima

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Castelo de Vide, Coimbra, Tomar, Batalha Monastery, Monastery of Alcobaca
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

5
days
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 Ericeria North Beach. Get some historical perspective at Castle of the Moors and Quinta da Regaleira. Take a break from Sintra with a short trip to Praia da Areia Branca in Areia Branca, about 56 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, Praia da Areia Branca, Ericeria North Beach, Cabo da Roca
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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
days
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 Ilha do Pessegueiro. 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 Evora (Se Catedral de Evora, Centro Historico de Evora, & more) and Praia do Carvalhal (in Carvalhal). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, 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, Praia do Carvalhal, Praia da Aberta Nova, Ilha do Pessegueiro
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

3
days
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 Dalia Beach. Get some cultural insight at Asilah Medina and American Legation. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ba Kacem Beach, stroll through Tangier Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gran Mezquita de Tanger, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Petit Socco.

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 and bus. 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, #Parks, #Beaches

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

1
day
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, get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Old City, 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 find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Chefchaouen tour planner .

Traveling by car from Tangier to Chefchaouen takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums
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Chefchaouen Old City ©
Chefchaouen Old City
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah ©
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah
La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin ©
La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin

5
days
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 Ecotourisme et Randonnees. Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Mogador Golf Academy. When in Essaouira, make a side trip to see Sidi Kaouki Beach in Sidi Kaouki, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Essaouira Beach, head outdoors with Essaouira Urban Adventures, don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie la Kasbah.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Essaouira route planner .

Getting from Chefchaouen to Essaouira by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. June in Essaouira sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

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

3
days
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, admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, 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
days
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 Monkey Watch. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Volubilis and Tombe dei Merenidi. Step out of Fes with an excursion to Ifrane National Park in El Hajeb--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Medin'Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Fes route planner .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Fes

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

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

6
days
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: Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey (in Montserrat), La Torre de Los Escipiones (in Tarragona) and Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar). The adventure continues: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

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 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. 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

Tarragona, Lloret de Mar, 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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