22 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

22 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

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22 days in Portugal & Morocco Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Escape the urban bustle at Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Swim with Dolphins. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, see Off-Road Tours, shop like a local with Caravel Art Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Palace Madeira.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Funchal is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Funchal. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, you will find days in Funchal are cooler (22°C), and nights are little chillier (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Cabo Girao
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Swim with Dolphins
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis and Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Step off the beaten path and head to Torre dos Clerigos and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Coimbra (Museu da Ciencia & Misericordia de Coimbra Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the galleries of Casa do Infante, and examine the collection at FC Porto Museum.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Porto vacation planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Porto in 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Funchal in March, with highs in Porto at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Coimbra
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Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at O Mundo Das Bonecas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água, stroll through Falesia Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at BAM Art Gallery, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Albufeira trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Porto to Albufeira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Albufeira sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lagos
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Speed Boats Tours
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

3
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Appreciate the collections at Megalithica Ebora and Aldeia da Terra. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, see the interesting displays at Museu de Evora, take an in-depth tour of Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Evora driving holiday planner.

Getting from Albufeira to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albufeira in March since evenings lows in Evora dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) ©

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Igreja de Sao Roque and Museu Colecao Berardo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Quinta da Regaleira and Igreja Paroquial De Sao Pedro De Sintra. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (NewsMuseum, Palacio Nacional de Sintra, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, take an in-depth tour of Museum of National Republican Guard, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wozen.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

2
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

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.
On the 18th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, then see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Essaouira holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Essaouira takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Essaouira are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Balloon Rides. Let the collections at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech capture your imagination. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, and hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marrakech trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in Marrakech sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for home on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Balloon Rides

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