18 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Kansas City, United States

2
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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Vila Vella (Old Town) in Tossa de Mar (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .

Kansas City, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Casa de Campo, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

1
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Granada road trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Granada in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Granada sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jerez De La Frontera.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
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Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada

3
nights
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

Jerez De La Frontera ©
A culturally and historically rich city, Jerez de la Frontera is known around the world for the production of Spanish sherry.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cartuja de Jerez and then don't miss a visit to Feria del Caballo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera, contemplate the long history of Palacio del Virrey Laserna, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Tio Pepe, then see the interesting displays at Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel, and finally make a trip to Alcazar Jerez de la Frontera.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jerez De La Frontera itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Granada to Jerez De La Frontera takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Jerez De La Frontera

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chipiona, Playa de la Barrosa, Arcos de la Frontera, Auditorio de La Merced
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Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera ©
Faro de Chipiona ©
Faro de Chipiona
Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla ©

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then stroll around Parque de Maria Luisa, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Los Refinadores, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Macarena, and finally make a trip to Metropol Parasol.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seville day trip app .

Getting from Jerez De La Frontera to Seville by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Seville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Marrakech Ramparts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marrakech tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seville to Marrakech in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seville to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seville in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional de Sintra, admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, then steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner .

Getting from Marrakech to Lisbon by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marrakech in September: highs in Lisbon hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. Step out of Porto with an excursion to Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cais da Ribeira, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Porto travel planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Porto reach 74°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Walking tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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