15 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

15 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights

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Funchal, Portugal

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.
Visiting Pico do Arieiro and Swim with Dolphins will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Monte Palace Madeira and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Girao.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Funchal tour itinerary planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Funchal is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Funchal. Traveling from Saint Louis in August, expect nights in Funchal to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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Swim with Dolphins
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online road trip planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Funchal in September since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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Marrakech, Morocco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and then admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Marrakech by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Seville.

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Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

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Seville, Spain

Seville ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, steep yourself in history at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville online travel route planner.

Getting from Marrakech to Seville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Seville is 1 hour. When traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for little chillier days in Seville, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
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Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©

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 Alcazar of Segovia and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Walls of Avila and Plaza Mayor. Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Segovia to see Acueduct of Segovia about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, take a stroll through Gran Via, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online trip builder.

Fly from Seville to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
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Alcazar of Segovia
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The Walls of Avila

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Explore hidden gems such as Vila Vella (Old Town) and Barcelona Cathedral. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Fenals Beach in Lloret de Mar, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and see the interesting displays at Parc de Montjuic.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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