18 days in Marrakech & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Marrakech & Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Marrakech & Portugal Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Portimao, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Monte Gordo, Portugal
— 1 night
+3
train + foot + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: New Delhi, India

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate the long history of Ben Youssef Madrasa, see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum, and admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marrakech itinerary maker website .

New Delhi, India to Marrakech is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Western European Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Marrakech are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Spas

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. For shopping fun, head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian or Rua Augusta. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Nazare (Praia da Nazare & Praia do Norte), Praia de Carcavelos (in Carcavelos) and Sintra (Adraga Beach & Praia da ursa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Jeronimos Monastery, wander the streets of Alfama, take in the pleasant sights at Avenida da Liberdade, and shop like a local with Rossio Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon vacation planner .

You can fly from Marrakech to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marrakech in December: highs in Lisbon hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Nazare, Praia de Carcavelos
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

4
nights
Portimao, Portugal

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portimao: Aljezur (Arrifana Beach & Praia do Monte Clérigo), Olhos de Agua (Falesia Beach & Praia dos Olhos de Água) and Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera). The adventure continues: stroll through Praia Gale, look for gifts at Casa Grade, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Salgados.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Portimao trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Lisbon to Portimao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Portimao are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Monte Gordo.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Aljezur, Casa Grade, Pescadores Beach, Praia da Marinha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

1
night
Monte Gordo, Portugal

Monte Gordo ©
Visitors from far and wide flock to Monte Gordo to make the most of the area's expansive white-sand beaches.
On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Praia Cacela Velha and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Monte Gordo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monte Gordo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Portimao to Monte Gordo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monte Gordo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Praia Cacela Velha
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Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo
Praia Cacela Velha ©
Praia Cacela Velha

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Miramar, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto online travel planner .

Getting from Monte Gordo to Porto by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Monte Gordo in January: highs in Porto hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Praia de Miramar
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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