30 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

30 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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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
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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 Cabo Espichel will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Lisbon Oceanarium and Parque Natural da Arrabida will thrill your kids. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima), Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra) and Grutas de Mira de Aire (in Mira de Aire). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Alfama, get great views at Cabo da Roca, and visit Parque das Nacoes.

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.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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): trek along Cheval Essaouira, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sidi Kaouki, and then visit 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.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Beaches

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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 Centro Historico de Evora. Family-friendly places like Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) and Aqueduto da Agua de Prata will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Evora: Ervideira (in Reguengos de Monsaraz) and Rota Vicentina (in Odemira). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Evora trip planning site.

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. Traveling from Essaouira in August, expect nights in Evora to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 92°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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 Marinha. Kids will appreciate attractions like Praia Da Rocha and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia do Peneco (in Albufeira), Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera) and Church of St. Anthony (in Lisbon). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, contemplate the long history of Antigo Mercado de Escravos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vau Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lagos road trip planning app.

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Evora in August, plan for little chillier 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 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 Cabanas de Tavira Beach will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Praia do Barril and Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia de Monte Gordo, take in the dramatic scenery at Pego do Inferno, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia, and get outside with Jardim do Coreto.

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.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Attractions like 25 Fontes Falls and Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Valley of the Nuns. Go for a jaunt from Funchal to Sao Vicente to see Sao Vicente Caves about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte, kick back and relax at Praia de Garajau, and get outside with Eira do Serrado.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Funchal trip planner.

Fly from Tavira to Funchal in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tavira in August: highs in Funchal hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:

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 Lagoa do Fogo 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). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with Lagoa de Santiago, get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Ponta Delgada takes 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 your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.

Morocco travel guide

4.1
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.