15 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

15 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis, United States

2
nights
Funchal, Portugal

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Explore hidden gems such as Monte Palace Madeira and Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Escape the urban bustle at Pico do Arieiro and Cabo Girao. Go for a jaunt from Funchal to Porto Moniz to see Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and do a tasting at Blandy's Wine Lodge.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Funchal holiday planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Funchal is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Funchal is 6 hours. Traveling from Saint Louis in August, you will find days in Funchal are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Cabo Girao
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and then make a trip to Belém Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lisbon holiday planner .

You can fly from Funchal to Lisbon in 4 hours. Traveling from Funchal in September, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
night
Marrakech, Morocco

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.
On the 4th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and then admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech route maker .

You can fly from Lisbon to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in September, you will find days in Marrakech are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

2
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.
On the 5th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Seville road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Seville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Seville is 1 hour. Traveling from Marrakech in September, you will find days in Seville are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Alcazar de Segovia. Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia) and The Walls of Avila (in Avila). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, take a stroll through Gran Via, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid journey planner.

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Segovia, The Walls of Avila, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc de Montjuic and Barcelona Cathedral. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sant Pau del Camp.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), Fenals Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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