18 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

18 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

1
night
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 15th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally contemplate the long history of Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get advice or help at Livraria Lello, and then don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Porto route planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Porto is an approximately 11-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Porto. In December, Porto is much hotter than Ottawa - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Belém Tower, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online trip maker .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, then look for gifts at Herboriste du Paradis, and finally admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Marrakech by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: highs in Marrakech hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, stroll around Parque de Maria Luisa, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seville sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Marrakech to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Marrakech to Seville due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a stroll through Albayzin, then look for gifts at Munira, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Generalife, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, then don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Granada online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Seville to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in December: high temperatures in Granada hover around 15°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Room Escape Games

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip app .

Fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Madrid sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Winter Sports
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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