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 Palacio da Bolsa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Bom Jesus do Monte (in Braga), Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas (in Tarouca) and Guimaraes (Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Guimaraes Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cais da Ribeira, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Graca, admire the masterpieces at Serralves, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Linhares da Beira.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner .

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 difference moving from Philippines Time to Western European Time is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Manila in June, plan for little chillier days in Porto, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 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, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas
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Clerigos Tower ©
Clerigos Tower
Centro Historico de Guimaraes ©
Centro Historico de Guimaraes
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

6
days
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Praia da Nazare. Do some cultural sightseeing at Convent of Christ and Monastery of Alcobaca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fatima: Castelo de Almourol (in Vila Nova da Barquinha), Castelo de Vide (Judiaria de Castelo de Vide, Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha, & more) and Obidos Village (in Obidos). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Castelo do Bode, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Marvao.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fatima trip planner .

Drive from Porto to Fatima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Fatima

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Coimbra, Castelo de Vide, Tomar, Castelo de Almourol, Castelo de Alegrete
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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 Praia da Areia Branca. Get some historical perspective at Castle of the Moors and Sintra National Palace. Take a break from Sintra with a short trip to Ericeria North Beach in Ericeira, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cascais Historic Center, kick back and relax at Guincho Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Boca do Inferno, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da ursa.

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, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascais, Cabo da Roca, Ericeria North Beach, 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
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 Sea Sky Portugal Charter. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Capela dos Ossos and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Venture out of the city with trips to Evora (Se Catedral de Evora & Centro Historico de Evora), Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo) and Praia do Carvalhal (in Carvalhal). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, and explore the ancient world of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

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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Praia da Aberta Nova
Praia da Aberta Nova
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 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 and bus. 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

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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

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 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: make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, head outdoors with Essaouira Urban Adventures, look for gifts at Le Comptoir Oriental by Madada, and see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal.

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, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

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

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 Saadian Tombs. 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 Ben Youssef Madrasa, contemplate the long history of Bahia Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Private Marrakech Day Tours.

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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Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret ©
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret
El Badi Palace ©
El Badi Palace
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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 Volubilis. Get outdoors at Ifrane National Park and Monkey Watch. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Tombe dei Merenidi 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 42°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

#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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Barceloneta and Fenals Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Tarragona (La Torre de Los Escipiones & Anfiteatro de Tarragona), Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey (in Montserrat) and Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, steep yourself in history at Palau Guell, wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and appreciate the history behind Casa Mila "La Pedrera".

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip planning website .

Getting from Fes to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

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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