30 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

30 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Marrakech, Fly to Evora
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Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lagos, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tavira, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Funchal, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal — 5 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Batalha Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Parque das Nacoes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Guincho Beach (in Cascais), Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and explore the striking landscape at Cabo Espichel.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip maker tool.

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Essaouira.
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Essaouira, Morocco — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): ride a horse along Cheval Essaouira, kick back and relax at Plage de Sidi Kaouki, and then wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): tee off at Golf d'Essaouira Mogador, pause for some serene contemplation at Simon Attias Synagogue, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Essaouira with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Lisbon to Essaouira by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and shuttle. In August in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Evora.
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Evora, Portugal — 3 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Capela dos Ossos and Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) and Rota Vicentina. When in Evora, make a side trip to see Ervideira in Reguengos de Monsaraz, approximately Reguengos de Monsaraz away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Essaouira to Evora takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Essaouira in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Evora: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 5 nights

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Take a break from the city and head to Ponta da Piedade and Praia Da Rocha. Get some cultural insight at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade and Forte da Ponta da Bandeira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera) and Praia do Peneco (in Albufeira). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Meia Praia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vau Beach, take in the waterfront at Carvoeiro Boardwalk, and get to know the resident critters at Parque Zoologico de Lagos.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Evora in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Lagos: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tavira.
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Tavira, Portugal — 4 nights

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja da Misericordia and Castelo de Tavira. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tavira Island and Praia do Barril. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Monte Gordo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, make a trip to Ponte Romana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tavira journey planning app.

You can drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Funchal.
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Funchal, Portugal — 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Swim with Dolphins. Step off the beaten path and head to 25 Fontes Falls and Climbing Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Funchal: Sao Vicente Caves (in Sao Vicente) and Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse (in Ponta do Pargo). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Nuns, see the interesting displays at Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Garajau.

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Traveling by flight from Tavira to Funchal takes 5 hours. Traveling from Tavira in August, you will find days in Funchal are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal — 4 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Maria dos Anjos Melo House Museum and Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas. Attractions like Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Fishing Charters & Tours make great kid-friendly stops. When in Ponta Delgada, make a side trip to see Mosteiros Beach in Mosteiros, approximately Mosteiros away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo, and get great views at Miradouro da Boca do Inferno.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Funchal in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Historic Sites
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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