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
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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

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visiting Praia da Nazare and Parque Natural da Arrabida will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Lisbon Oceanarium and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos will thrill your kids. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra), Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Grutas de Mira de Aire (in Mira de Aire). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Alfama, go for a walk through Cabo da Roca, and explore the striking landscape at Cabo Espichel.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planning app.

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in August since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Essaouira.
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Essaouira, Morocco — 2 nights

Wind City of Africa

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 7th (Wed): ride a horse along Cheval Essaouira, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sidi Kaouki, and then steep yourself in history at Medina of Essaouira. On your second day here, tee off at Golf d'Essaouira Mogador, then pause for some serene contemplation at Simon Attias Synagogue, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Essaouira road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Essaouira takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 8th (Thu) so you can 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Family-friendly places like Centro Historico de Evora and Rota Vicentina will thrill your kids. Step out of Evora with an excursion to Ervideira in Reguengos de Monsaraz--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), browse the exhibits of Monte da Ravasqueira, see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, and steep yourself in history at Aqueduto da Agua de Prata.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Evora online journey builder.

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 a bit warmer days in Evora, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 5 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta da Piedade and Praia Da Rocha. Kids will appreciate attractions like Praia Dona Ana and Praia da Marinha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera) and Praia do Peneco (in Albufeira). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Tres Irmaos, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, cast your line with a fishing tour, and visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lagos road trip app.

Traveling by car from Evora to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Evora in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Lagos: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow 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.
Family-friendly places like Tavira Island and Praia do Barril will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Praia de Monte Gordo and Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia, and admire the sheer force of Pego do Inferno.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tavira trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Tavira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Tavira sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and 25 Fontes Falls. Bring the kids along to Swim with Dolphins and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Funchal's surroundings by going to Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse (in Ponta do Pargo) and Sao Vicente Caves (in Sao Vicente). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Nuns, get great views at Miradouro Eira do Serrado, steep yourself in history at Colegio dos Jesuitas do Funchal, and kick back and relax at Praia de Garajau.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal online journey maker.

Getting from Tavira to Funchal by flight takes about 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tavira in August: highs in Funchal hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Family-friendly places like Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching will thrill your kids. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas and Museu Militar dos Acores. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Mosteiros Beach (in Mosteiros) and Pico do Ferro Viewpoint (in Furnas). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Planning Ponta Delgada trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Funchal to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 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, Ponta Delgada is little chillier at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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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