23 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

23 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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23 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tarifa, Spain
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  5​h
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Fes, Morocco
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Merzouga, Morocco
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
9
Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
13
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
14
La Massana, Andorra
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
15
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
16
Valencia, Spain
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
17
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
End: Madrid, Spain

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Paroquial de San Nicolau, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Homem do Leme.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto road trip site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Panteao Nacional. Get some cultural insight at Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ). There's still lots to do: stop by Mercado de Campo de Ourique.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in September: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping
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Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Santo Antonio de Lisboa ©
Santo Antonio de Lisboa

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Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
You'll explore and learn at Cella Vinaria Antiqua and Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Igreja de Sao Mamede and Núcleo Museológico de S. Cucufate/Casa do Arco. Go for a jaunt from Evora to Beja to see Igreja de Nossa Senhora Dos Prazeres E Museu Episcopal about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia, head outdoors with Evora Public Garden, deepen your understanding at Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), and stop by Divinus Gourmet.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Evora online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Vidigueira, Igreja de Nossa Senhora Dos Prazeres E Museu Episcopal
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Igreja da Misericordia ©
Igreja da Misericordia
Cella Vinaria Antiqua ©
Cella Vinaria Antiqua
Igreja de Sao Mamede ©
Igreja de Sao Mamede

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Caridad, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla de San Jose, and finally explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, Carmona. On the next day, make a trip to Eglise du Divin Sauveur, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de la Magdalena, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Sevilla.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Evora to Seville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European 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 by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, Carmona
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Iglesia de la Caridad ©
Iglesia de la Caridad
Archaeological Museum of Sevilla ©
Archaeological Museum of Sevilla

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Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tarifa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Seville to Tarifa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Seville in September, you will find days in Tarifa are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will leave for Tangier on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque, and then stop by Local Berbere Artisanal.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chefchaouen trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tarifa to Chefchaouen. The time zone difference when traveling from Tarifa to Chefchaouen is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque

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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.
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fes online trip builder .

Take a bus from Chefchaouen to Fes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll set off for Merzouga on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Fes

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Merzouga, Morocco

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
You've now added Merzouga Desert to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musee Nomade and then explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Galerie Laoun and then look for gifts at Fossiles d'Erfoud.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Merzouga sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Fes to Merzouga takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tangier.

Things to do in Merzouga

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fossiles d'Erfoud, Musee Nomade
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Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Fossiles d'Erfoud ©
Fossiles d'Erfoud

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Tangier, Morocco

Tangier ©
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tangier itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Merzouga to Tangier takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Tangier

Historic Sites
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Petit Socco ©
Petit Socco
Musee de la Kasbah ©
Musee de la Kasbah

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Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the views from Puente de San Miguel, snap pictures at Puente Viejo, steep yourself in history at Puerta de Almocabar, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Socorro, then take in the exciting artwork at Scott Simpson Fine Art, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Don Bosco.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ronda trip planning site .

You can drive from Tangier to Ronda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Tangier in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ronda, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Puerta de Almocabar ©
Puerta de Almocabar
Casa Don Bosco ©
Casa Don Bosco
Puente de San Miguel ©
Puente de San Miguel

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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.
To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Granada online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Ronda to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Granada sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave for Bilbao on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Catedral de Santiago, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Diputacion, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then deepen your understanding at Deusto University, then snap pictures at La Salve Bridge, and finally make a trip to Puppy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao road trip planner.

Fly from Granada to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites
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Catedral de Santiago ©
Catedral de Santiago
Palacio de la Diputacion ©
Palacio de la Diputacion
Basilica of Begona ©
Basilica of Begona

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Plaza de Guipuzkoa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Vicente, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota, and finally take a stroll through La calle 31 de agosto.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia day trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Massana.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Iglesia de San Vicente ©
Iglesia de San Vicente
Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro ©
Castillo de la Mota ©
Castillo de la Mota

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La Massana, Andorra

La Massana ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Iscle y Santa Victoria, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sant Antoni de la Grella, then stop by Perleria de Tahiti Andorra, then browse the eclectic array of goods at E.Leclerc Hiper, and finally see the interesting displays at Farga Rossell.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Massana trip planner .

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to La Massana by car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in La Massana

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Andorra la Vella
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Iglesia de San Iscle y Santa Victoria ©
Farga Rossell ©
Farga Rossell
Church of Sant Antoni de la Grella ©

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): wander the streets of Barri de Gracia, steep yourself in history at Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Arenas De Barcelona, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Drive from La Massana to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
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Barri de Gracia ©
Barri de Gracia
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Colonia Guell  Gaudi Crypt ©
Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jose Benlliure House/Museum, then examine the collection at Casa de las Rocas, and then look for gifts at Botique Museo Lladro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Jose Benlliure House/Museum ©
Jose Benlliure House/Museum

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 12th (Sat), wander the streets of Calle de Santa Isabel, explore the world behind art at Museo Lazaro Galdiano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Faunia.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Madrid travel planner .

You can take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Valencia in October: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Faunia ©
Faunia
Museo Lazaro Galdiano ©
Museo Lazaro Galdiano

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