22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
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Cordoba, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h
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Tetouan, Morocco
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + foot + bus:  9​h 30​min
8
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
10
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Amarante, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
End: Porto, Portugal


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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get outside with Chiquitren Tren Turistico de Aranjuez, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, stroll around Parque del Retiro, then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena and then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Chiquitren Tren Turistico de Aranjuez
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You've added Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, Torres de Serranos, Chapel of the Holy Grail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the striking features of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Barrio El Cabanyal, make a trip to Fuente del Tribunal De Aguas/del Turia, see the interesting displays at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Grail, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Valencia trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Chocolates Comes Museum
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen
Torres de Serranos ©
Torres de Serranos
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

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nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jewish Quarter (Juderia), Mercado Victoria and Puerta del Puente. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Calleja del Panuelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, appreciate the history behind Puerta del Puente, then take an in-depth tour of Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Victoria, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Merced, see the interesting displays at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, take in the exciting artwork at Sala el Potro, then appreciate the history behind Estatua de Maimonides, then examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Arte Taurino, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Valencia to Cordoba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mirador de San Nicolas
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sacromonte, Placeta Cristo Azucenas and Plaza Nueva. On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Alhambra, step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, don't miss a visit to Plaza Nueva, don't miss a visit to Placeta Cristo Azucenas, then take a stroll through Sacromonte, and finally steep yourself in history at Monasterio Cartuja.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner .

Getting from Cordoba to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Granada: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Nasrid Palaces ©
Nasrid Palaces

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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Grand Casemates Square, explore the striking landscape at The Rock of Gibraltar, make a trip to Apes Den, then steep yourself in history at Charles V Wall, then explore the striking landscape at St. Michael's Cave, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mediterranean Steps.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gibraltar route maker website .

Getting from Granada to Gibraltar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Granada in May: highs in Gibraltar hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Tetouan.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave
Mediterranean Steps ©
Mediterranean Steps

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nights
Tetouan, Morocco

Tetouan ©
Tétouan is a city in northern Morocco. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee Archelogique de Tetouan, contemplate the long history of Medina of Tetouan, and then make a trip to The Tetouan Centre of Modern Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tetouan online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Gibraltar to Tetouan with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gibraltar to Tetouan due to the time zone difference. In May in Tetouan, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Tetouan

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Musee Archelogique de Tetouan ©
Musee Archelogique de Tetouan
Medina of Tetouan ©
Medina of Tetouan

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night
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 19th (Wed), browse for treasures at Dar Moulay Idriss, take an in-depth tour of Kasbah Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chefchaouen road trip planner .

Getting from Tetouan to Chefchaouen by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll set off for Seville on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cascades d'Akchour ©
Cascades d'Akchour
Dar Moulay Idriss ©
Dar Moulay Idriss

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de España, Metropol Parasol, Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally take in a show at Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Chefchaouen to Seville in 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Mercado Da Baixa, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, make a trip to Belém Tower, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Da Baixa, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Ginjinha Sem Rival. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Praca Martim Moniz, then view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and then contemplate the long history of Miradouro da Graca.

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Getting from Seville to Lisbon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Miradouro da Graca ©
Miradouro da Graca

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque de Monserrate, Centro Historico de Sintra and Castelo dos Mouros. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros, then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Sintra.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Sintra trip itinerary planning app .

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In May, daytime highs in Sintra are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amarante.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

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Amarante, Portugal

Amarante ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monastery of Saint Peter of Cete as well as Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca. On the 26th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Senhora da Boa Estrela, then take in the views from Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha, and then snap pictures at Ponte de Sao Goncalo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Amarante vacation maker tool .

Getting from Sintra to Amarante by car takes about 3.5 hours. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Amarante

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tower of Vilar, Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca, Senhora da Boa Estrela, Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha, Monastery of Saint Peter of Cete
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Saint Peter of Cete ©
Monastery of Saint Peter of Cete
Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca ©
Senhora da Boa Estrela ©
Senhora da Boa Estrela

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Porto, Portugal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Cais da Ribeira and then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, then get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Porto holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Amarante to Porto takes an hour. In May in Porto, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Torre dos Clerigos ©
Torre dos Clerigos