13 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

13 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Portugal, Morocco & Spain Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Seattle, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Palacio Nacional de Sintra and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to Lisbon. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in March: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 64°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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 6th (Fri), steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and finally explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then gain insight at Medersa Ben Youssef, and then explore and take pictures at Jemaa el-Fna.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marrakech driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Marrakech in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon in March, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then make a trip to Plaza del Triunfo, then admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Palace Yanduri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Santa Maria de Jesus, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Casa de Pilatos.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip site.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Seville is 1 hour. Traveling from Marrakech in March, you will find days in Seville are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 10th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then explore the world behind art at Museo Lazaro Galdiano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seville in March, with highs in Madrid at 59°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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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 Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Let the collections at Museu Picasso and MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona capture your imagination. There's much more to do: walk around Parc Guell, see the interesting displays at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa de la Anunciacion.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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