24 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Museu Gaudí and Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona (in Castelldefels), Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt (in Santa Coloma de Cervello) and Castell d'en Plaja (in Lloret de Mar). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Major Synagogue, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Pol Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Passatge Sert, and explore the world behind art at Museu del Modernisme.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Barcelona is minus 11 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Barcelona hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

S'Agaro, Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, Castell d'en Plaja, Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats
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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona ©
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats ©

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Casco Historico de Avila are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo and Cava Baja Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Puerta del Sol (in Toledo), Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso (in La Granja de San Ildefonso) and Castillo de Manzanares el Real (in Manzanares el Real). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio de Salamanca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Santa Teresa, admire the striking features of Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, and stroll around El Capricho Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip tool.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Ronda.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso, Plaza mayor de Chinchon, Castillo de Manzanares el Real
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Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso ©
Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and Parque natural de la Sierra de Grazalema. Ruinas de Acinipo and Puerta de Almocabar will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Scorched Earth Chilli Farm in Estepona (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Peinado, get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Simpson Fine Art, ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, and ponder the design of Plaza del Socorro.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Ronda travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Ronda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in October: highs in Ronda hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scorched Earth Chilli Farm, Parque natural de la Sierra de Grazalema, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo ©
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Popular Arts And Traditions, Sevilla and Centro de la Cerámica de Triana. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de Santa Ana and Sala de Exposiciones Fundacion Cajasol. Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Oatorio de San Felipe Neri (in Cadiz) and El Puerto de Santa Maria (San Marcos Castle, Iglesia Mayor Prioral, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Santa Ana, don't miss a visit to Plaza Del Salvador, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de la Magdalena, and admire the landmark architecture of Edificio La Adriatica.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Seville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

El Puerto de Santa Maria, Oatorio de San Felipe Neri
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San Marcos Castle ©
San Marcos Castle
Centro de la Cerámica de Triana ©
Centro de la Cerámica de Triana
Convento de Santa Ana ©
Convento de Santa Ana

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.
Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech, and stroll around Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marrakech online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Seville to Marrakech in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Marrakech. Traveling from Seville in November, you will find days in Marrakech are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
Balloon Rides

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Panteao Nacional. Let the collections at National Museum of Ancient Art and MUDE-Museu do Design e da Moda capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Fatima (Wax Museum of Fátima & Capela Das Aparicoes), Castelo de Almourol (in Praia do Ribatejo) and Museu Nacional Ferroviario (in Entroncamento). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, pause for some photo ops at Porta do Raimundo, get engrossed in the history at Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, and make a trip to Walls of Evora.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Marrakech to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marrakech in November, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Evora, Fatima, Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, Castelo de Almourol, Museu Nacional Ferroviario
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Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Santo Antonio de Lisboa ©
Santo Antonio de Lisboa
National Museum of Ancient Art ©
National Museum of Ancient Art

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