35 days in Morocco, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

35 days in Morocco, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Train:  28 h
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
2
Fes, Morocco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Rabat, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
6
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
8
Toledo, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Jemaa el-Fna, admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, walk around Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, and contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Marrakech route maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Marrakech is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you will find days in Marrakech are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sahrij Medersa, Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin) and Glaoui Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa and examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fes tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Marrakech to Fes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marrakech in April: high temperatures in Fes hover around 28°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rabat.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glaoui Palace ©
Glaoui Palace
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Museo Nejjarine ©
Museo Nejjarine

2
nights
Rabat, Morocco

Rabat ©
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of Bab Lamrissa, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, and then make a trip to Medina of Rabat. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Hassan Tower and then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Mohammad V.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rabat itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Fes to Rabat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bab Lamrissa
Highlights from your plan
Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Hassan Tower ©
Hassan Tower

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.
Chefchaouen is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque, make a trip to Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chefchaouen road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rabat to Chefchaouen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tangier.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Dar Moulay Idriss Berbere Carpete ©
Dar Moulay Idriss Berbere Carpete
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah ©
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah

1
night
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've now added Medina of Tangier to your itinerary.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tangier journey planner.

You can drive from Chefchaouen to Tangier in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Tangier

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Tangier ©
Medina of Tangier
Moise Nahon Synagogue ©
Moise Nahon Synagogue

3
nights
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.
Alhambra has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja, Balcony of Europe, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, explore the historical opulence of Cuesta del Rey Chico, and get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Granada online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tangier to Granada by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tangier to Granada. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tangier in April since evenings lows in Granada dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nerja
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Walking tours
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

2
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 Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos as well as Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, then don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Calleja de las Flores, then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, then take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

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

You can drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Granada, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

2
nights
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 (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, don't miss a visit to Custodia de Arfe, and then make a trip to Catedral Primada.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Toledo itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Cordoba to Toledo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Cordoba in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toledo: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Custodia de Arfe ©
Custodia de Arfe
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planner.

You can take a train from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Salamanca trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Salamanca by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in April, Salamanca is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

3
nights
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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get outside with Outdoor Activities, go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Porto online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Salamanca to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salamanca in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Porto, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Sintra (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), wander the streets of Alfama, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Lisbon are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alfama ©
Alfama
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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