49 days in Spain, Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

49 days in Spain, Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Haro, Spain
— 2 nights
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Astorga, Spain
— 1 night
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Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 day
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Ouarzazate, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally stop by Ciutat Vella. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and then engage your brain at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip maker website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Barcelona is minus 11 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Auckland in August: highs in Barcelona hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 25°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Museums

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Concha Beach and Playa de Hondarribia. Parte Vieja and Calle San Pedro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Cristo de Lezo, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, examine the collection at Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Vicente.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: high temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Haro.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haro, Spain

— 2 nights
Haro is a town and municipality in the northwest of La Rioja province in northern Spain. On the 3rd (Sat), learn about winemaking at Miguel Merino Winery, do a tasting at Bodega Valenciso, and then get a tailor-made plan with Exquisite Rioja.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Haro trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Haro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Haro, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Astorga.

Things to do in Haro

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Astorga, Spain

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palacio De Gaudi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Astorga Cathedral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Bartolome.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Astorga route tool.

Traveling by car from Haro to Astorga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salamanca.

Things to do in Astorga

Historic Sites

Salamanca, Spain

— 1 night

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), steep yourself in history at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Marcos Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salamanca day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Astorga to Salamanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Salamanca, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and IMTBIKE. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Sorolla. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Salamanca in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Madrid, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Toledo, Spain

— 1 day

City of Three Cultures

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 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Catedral Primada, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Tomé, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Roman Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Toledo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Evora.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Museums

Evora, Portugal

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see where the ancients bathed at In Acqua Veritas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Evora holiday planner.

Fly from Toledo to Evora in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toledo to Evora. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 Guincho Beach and Praia do Tamariz. Explore hidden gems such as Castelo dos Mouros and Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua Augusta.

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You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Evora in September, plan for little chillier days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Portugal

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia do Canavial and Joao de Arens Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Ponta da Piedade and Pescadores Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Praia da Coelha (in Albufeira) and Aurora Boat Trips (in Armacao de Pera). There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia dos Tres Irmaos, enjoy the sand and surf at Vau Beach, don't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and get outside with Praia da Batata.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seville, Spain

— 5 nights

City of Towers

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.
Get some historical perspective at Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville. Discover out-of-the-way places like Barrio Santa Cruz and Canos de Carmona. Change things up with a short trip to Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, Carmona in Carmona (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Magdalena, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Murillo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seville trip planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 3 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Chapel of Granada and Court of the Lions. Alhambra and Saint Jerome Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, contemplate the long history of La Madraza, look for gifts at Artesania Del Arbol, and explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Granada day trip planning app.

Getting from Seville to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in September, Granada is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Shopping

Malaga, Spain

— 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Malaga Cathedral and Teatro Romano. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Picasso Malaga and Revello de Toro Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Fuengirola (Waterskiing & Jetskiing & Playa de Fuengirola). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion Malaga, and kick back and relax at CarrascoBeach Playas Benalmadena.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Malaga holiday maker website.

Drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Malaga when traveling from Granada in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

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 1st (Sat): soak in style at Turkish baths and then contemplate the long history of Medina of Marrakesh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): let your taste buds guide you at The Marrakchi Guide, take a stroll through Gueliz, and then look for gifts at La Boutique Bleue.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Marrakech takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malaga in September: highs in Marrakech hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ouarzazate.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Baths · Shopping

Ouarzazate, Morocco

— 2 nights

The door of the desert

Make Ouarzazate part of your Morocco itinerary as the gateway to the Sahara Desert.
On the 3rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of The Old Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Kasbah of Tifoultoute, and then take in panoramic vistas at Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ouarzazate attractions planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Ouarzazate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marrakech in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ouarzazate, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ouarzazate

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Jemaa el-Fna and then soak in style at Turkish baths. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef and then explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marrakech vacation planner.

Fly from Ouarzazate to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Museums · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Casablanca, Morocco

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then visit Quartier Habous. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Jerraflore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Temple Beth-El, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettedgui Synagogue.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Casablanca trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. When traveling from Marrakech in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Casablanca: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Shopping

Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 nights

Red City

Get some cultural insight at Koutoubia Mosque and David Bloch Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Palacio da Bahia and Menara Gardens and Pavilion are in your itinerary. Explore Marrakech further: look for gifts at Ensemble Artisanal, view the masterpieces at Dar Moulay Ali, Maison de la France a Marrakech, steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, and revel in the low prices at Cote bougie.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marrakech trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Casablanca to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. While traveling from Casablanca, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.