25 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

25 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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25 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  13 h
1
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Essaouira, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Canada

2
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Visiting Pico do Arieiro and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Explore Funchal's surroundings by going to Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz) and Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Girao.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Funchal online attractions planner .

Montreal, Canada to Funchal is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Montreal in May, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cabo Girao, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
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Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cabo da Roca and Batalha Monastery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carmo Archaeological Museum and National Museum of Ancient Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Evora (Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), Capela dos Ossos, & more), Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Farol do cabo da Roca). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Funchal to Lisbon in 4 hours. Traveling from Funchal in May, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Evora, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Batalha Monastery
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

1
night
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaim Pinto Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, then take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira day trip planning site .

Fly from Lisbon to Essaouira in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Lisbon in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Essaouira: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

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.
On the 5th (Fri), admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, and finally explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, then admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, and finally admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marrakech online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in June, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

4
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.
Plaza de España and Jewish Quarter (Juderia) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio Santa Cruz and Roman Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seville: Playa de la Barrosa (in Chiclana de la Frontera) and Cordoba (Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba & Historic Centre of Cordoba). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the striking features of Catedral de Sevilla, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Divin Sauveur.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seville vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Seville takes 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. When traveling from Marrakech in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Cordoba, Playa de la Barrosa
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Playa de la Barrosa ©
Playa de la Barrosa

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral de Segovia for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Alcazar de Segovia and Museo Cerralbo. Venture out of the city with trips to Avila (Cathedral of Avila & The Walls of Avila), Catedral Primada (in Toledo) and La Muralla de Segovia (in Segovia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online day trip planner .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Madrid are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Avila, Catedral Primada
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 15th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Gandia, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Valencia trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Playa Gandia
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Playa Gandia ©
Playa Gandia
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen

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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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Barcelona Cathedral and Dali Theatre-Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona) and Girona Cathedral (Catedral) (in Girona). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona attractions planning site .

Fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in June, you will find days in Barcelona are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dali Theatre-Museum, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Girona Cathedral (Catedral), Anfiteatro de Tarragona
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Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Dali Theatre-Museum ©
Dali Theatre-Museum
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey ©
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey

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