41 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

41 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

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41 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  42​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 13 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— Few hours
train + Fly:  35​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid driving holiday website .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Madrid is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in June, things will get much warmer in Madrid: highs are around 36°C and lows about 19°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off toCasablanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque and then take a stroll through Quartier Habous.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Casablanca attractions planner.

Getting from Madrid to Casablanca by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Madrid to Casablanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Casablanca, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Quartier Habous ©
Quartier Habous

13
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Le Paradis du Safran in Ourika (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque, stroll through Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and don't miss a visit to Jemaa el-Fnaa.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Marrakech trip site .

Traveling by car from Casablanca to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Casablanca in June, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region, Le Paradis du Safran
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Câmara Municipal, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planner .

Getting from Marrakech to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In July, Lisbon is a bit cooler than Marrakech - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Food Tours
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), make a trip to Liberdade Square, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planning site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Venture out of the city with trips to Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia) and Catedral Primada (in Toledo). See some other sides of Madrid: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, stroll around Casa de Campo, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Porto to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Porto to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 40°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Catedral Primada, Acueduct of Segovia
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malaga: Granada (Alhambra & Generalife). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, get your game on at VRFun, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Cristo de la Salud Church.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Malaga sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Malaga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Malaga, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Granada
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Generalife ©
Generalife

4
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 historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, make a trip to Las Ramblas, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Barcelona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

few
hours
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: highs in Madrid hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 23°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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