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
1
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fatima, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sintra, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Tangier, Morocco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Essaouira, Morocco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Fes, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
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 Guides In Portugal will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Bom Jesus do Monte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Guimaraes (Guimaraes Castle & Paco dos Duques de Braganca), Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas (in Tarouca) and NatourTracks (in Ribeira de Pena). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Clerigos Tower, take a leisurely stroll along Cais da Ribeira, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Linhares da Beira, and explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary planning 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. Traveling from Manila to Porto, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone 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, Castelo de Linhares da Beira, Castelo de Marialva, Bom Jesus do Monte, Penedono Castle
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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 Castelo de Marvao. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Convent of Christ and Batalha Monastery. 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). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Alegrete, and make a trip to Fatima.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fatima online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Porto to Fatima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Fatima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Fatima

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Coimbra, Castelo de Vide, Tomar, Batalha Monastery, Castle of Almourol
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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 Boca do Inferno. Get some historical perspective at Castle of the Moors and Quinta da Regaleira. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sintra: Ericeria North Beach (in Ericeira) and Praia da Areia Branca (in Areia Branca). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cascais Historic Center, admire the striking features of Monserrate Palace, kick back and relax at Cresmina Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Guincho Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sintra day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Fatima to Sintra in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fatima in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sintra, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cascais, Ericeria North Beach, Praia da Areia Branca, 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
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 Ilha do Pessegueiro and Praia do Carvalhal. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Capela dos Ossos and Praia da Aberta Nova. Venture out of the city with trips to Evora (Se Catedral de Evora, Centro Historico de Evora, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Belém Tower, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and pause for some photo ops at Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip maker app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to 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 Dalia Beach. Get some cultural insight at Asilah Medina and Petit Socco. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ba Kacem Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tangier Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gran Mezquita de Tanger, and see the interesting displays at American Legation.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tangier route maker .

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. June in Tangier sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive 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

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 Essaouira Beach. Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Sidi Kaouki Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Ecotourisme et Randonnees, play a few rounds at Mogador Golf Academy, don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Essaouira tour planning tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Sidi Kaouki Beach
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Beach ©
Essaouira Beach
Sidi Kaouki Beach ©
Sidi Kaouki Beach

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 Saadian Tombs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret and Enjoying Morocco Tours. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Ben Youssef Madrasa, contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, and hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

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

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 Ifrane National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Archaeological Site of Volubilis and Tombe dei Merenidi. Step out of Fes with an excursion to Monkey Watch in Azrou--about 1h 40 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 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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

#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 Fenals Beach and Lloret Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and Palau Guell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Tarragona (La Torre de Los Escipiones & Anfiteatro de 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 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 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, Vila Vella (Old Town), Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
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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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