43 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

43 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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43 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Funchal, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Valencia, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Boston, United States

4
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Cabo Girao and 25 Fontes and Cascada da Risco. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Blandy's Wine Lodge and Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Funchal: Galeria dos Prazeres (in Prazeres) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Calheta). Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Garajau, steep yourself in history at Jesuits' College of Funchal, take in the exciting artwork at MA Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Se.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Funchal trip itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Funchal is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Funchal. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in November: highs in Funchal hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Calheta, Museu da Baleia da Madeira, 25 Fontes Falls, Praia de Garajau
Highlights from your plan
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao
25 Fontes Falls
25 Fontes Falls
Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Fluvial de Loriga and Praia Fluvial de Folgosa. Bom Jesus do Monte and Centro Historico de Guimaraes will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano (in Santa Cruz do Douro) and Castelo de Linhares da Beira (in Linhares). There's lots more to do: get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, enjoy breathtaking views from Clerigos Tower, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto journey builder tool .

You can fly from Funchal to Porto in 4.5 hours. In November, Porto is a bit cooler than Funchal - with highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Bom Jesus do Monte, Praia Fluvial de Folgosa, Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano, Praia Fluvial de Loriga
Highlights from your plan
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Graham's Port Lodge ©
Graham's Port Lodge
Taylor's Port ©
Taylor's Port

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from the city and head to Cabo da Roca and Guincho Beach. Get some historical perspective at Capela dos Ossos and Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Sintra (Sinistra, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Belém Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, shop like a local with Rossio Square, and admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. November in Lisbon sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, Batalha Monastery, Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach
Highlights from your plan
Chiado ©
Chiado
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

2
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Galerie la Kasbah, then contemplate the long history of Medina of Essaouira, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Galerie l'Arbre bleu, then stop by Boutique de Commerce Solidaire AFBK et Cours de Cuisine, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Essaouira attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Essaouira takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Lisbon in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Essaouira: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Shopping Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Ben Youssef Madrasa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret and Menara Gardens and Pavilion for their historical value. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marrakech trip maker site .

Getting from Essaouira to Marrakech by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in December, plan for little chillier nights in Marrakech, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Medina of Fez.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fes trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Seville.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barrio Santa Cruz and Bodega Garcia Hidalgo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Alcázar of Seville and Torre del Oro. Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Ronda (Scott Simpson Fine Art, Puente Nuevo, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, take in nature's colorful creations at Casa de Pilatos, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seville online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Fes to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Fes to Seville is 1 hour. When traveling from Fes in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Ronda
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

5
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.
El Barri Gòtic and Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Casa Batllo and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Venture out of the city with trips to Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town) & Art Gallery Blanco Grane) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, shop like a local with MACBA- Museo de Arte Moderno de Barcelona, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Seville to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Fenals Beach, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey ©
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey

5
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Poniente Beach and Peñón de Ifac Natural Park. Visiting Playa Gandia and Jardi del Turia will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Peniscola Castle (in Peniscola), Castillo de Santa Barbara (in Alicante) and Sendero Voramar - Calalga o Bassetes (in Calpe). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Fanzara M.I.A.U Museo Inacabado de Arte Urbano, take a stroll through Ares del Maestre, steep yourself in history at Casco Antiguo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Calpe, Poniente Beach, Castillo de Santa Barbara, Fanzara M.I.A.U Museo Inacabado de Arte Urbano, Playa Gandia
Highlights from your plan
Peniscola Castle ©
Peniscola Castle
Playa Gandia ©
Playa Gandia
Poniente Beach ©
Poniente Beach

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Walls of Avila and Prado National Museum. Let the collections at Alcazar de Segovia and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes & Casco Historico de Toledo), Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra (in Cantalojas) and Chorrera de los Litueros (in Somosierra). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center, wander the streets of Gran Via, and stroll around Retiro Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

Getting from Valencia to Madrid by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Alcazar de Segovia, Chorrera de los Litueros, Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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