16 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Toledo, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Kids will appreciate attractions like Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel route planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Barcelona is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In December, Barcelona is cooler than Jeddah - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, thenexplore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then take a stroll through Gran Via. Keep things going the next day: visit Gay Madrid & the Chueca District and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

Plan trip to Madrid with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Madrid at 14°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

few
hours
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Toledo road trip site.

Getting from Madrid to Toledo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Toledo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

1
night
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Fotografica and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Granada tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Toledo to Granada by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cordoba road trip planner.

Drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in December, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seville road trip planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Seville by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Seville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, thenadmire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Seville to Marrakech in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seville in December: highs in Marrakech hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

2
nights
Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca ©
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a stroll through Quartier Habous. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Lourdes, see the interesting displays at Musee Abderrahman Slaoui, thenkick back and relax at Ain Diab, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Casablanca trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Marrakech in December since evenings lows in Casablanca dip to 11°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ain Diab ©
Ain Diab
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Musee Abderrahman Slaoui ©
Musee Abderrahman Slaoui

3
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 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, thendon't miss a visit to Belém Tower, thentour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at A Arte da Terra, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday maker website.

Fly from Casablanca to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Casablanca in December, expect Lisbon to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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