16 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Toledo, Spain
— Few hours
4
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
5
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
8
Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Casa Batllo and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Park Guell and Barcelona Cathedral. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Barcelona is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Jeddah in December, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at la Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, examine the collection at Prado National Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gay Madrid & the Chueca District and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, Madrid is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Nature Wildlife
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
la Sierra de Guadarrama National Park ©

few
hours
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Toledo trip maker site .

Take a train from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites
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Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): have fun at Galeria Fotografica and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Granada visit planner.

Traveling by car from Toledo to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. December in Granada sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Galeria Fotografica ©
Galeria Fotografica

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cordoba route planner .

Traveling by car from Granada to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in December, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seville Cathedral and then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seville driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the striking features of Bahia Palace, explore and take pictures at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, then admire the striking features of Ben Youssef Madrasa, and finally examine the collection at Marrakech Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marrakech trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Marrakech takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Seville in December, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Menara Gardens and Pavilion ©
Menara Gardens and Pavilion
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

2
nights
Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca ©
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): wander the streets of Quartier Habous. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Lourdes, then examine the collection at Musee Abderrahman Slaoui, then kick back and relax at Ain Diab, and finally admire the striking features of Hassan II Mosque.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Casablanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Casablanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Casablanca when traveling from Marrakech in December, with lows around 11°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ain Diab ©
Ain Diab
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Musee Abderrahman Slaoui ©
Musee Abderrahman Slaoui

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, contemplate the long history of Belém Tower, then get a new perspective on things with Nosso Tejo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, then view the masterpieces at A Arte da Terra, then meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon road trip site .

You can fly from Casablanca to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Casablanca in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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

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