15 days in Morocco, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Morocco, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Morocco, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cafe Clock, Jardin Majorelle and El Badi Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Medina of Marrakesh. Do some cultural sightseeing at Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Jemaa el-Fnaa, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Chicago, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Western European Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Marrakech hover around 100°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Baths
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Barcelona Cathedral, La Barceloneta, El Barri Gòtic, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Barcelona in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Marrakech in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Barcelona, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco, El Figurante and La PASA BAR. Head to Barrio de Salamanca and Cava Baja Galleryfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alcazar de Segovia and Plaza de Oriente. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia) and Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes & Casco Historico de Toledo). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid and examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid route planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Arco do Triunfo, Rua Augusta, Igreja de Sao Roque, and other attractions. On the 2nd (Fri), learn the tricks of the trade with Time Out Market Lisboa and then make a trip to LX Factory. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Belém Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then contemplate the long history of Miradouro da Graca, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online travel route planner .

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in Lisbon are little chillier (86°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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