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Trying to plan the perfect vacation in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco? We’re here to help! This 2-week Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary is a whirl-wind adventure. It takes you from the tiled streets of Lisbon, Portugal to the dreamy pueblos blancos in southern Spain, ending in the majestic, maze-like medinas in Morocco. We’ve planned it, personally traveled it, and have laid out the details here to make your trip planning a breeze.
A vacation to the Iberian peninsula which encompasses Portugal and Spain is sure to be filled with fun, sun, and lots of sangria and tapas. And with only a mile of water separating the southern tip of Spain from Morocco, the north African country makes for an easy addition to any Iberian itinerary.
Although we planned and did everything on our own, if you prefer a guided tour over a self-guided one, there are a variety of tour companies that offer similar itineraries for Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Another option is to do a portion of the trip self-guided and then take a few day trips or guided adventures for the other destinations.
How to get around using this Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary
Following this itinerary will take you by plane, train, metro, bus, rental car, taxi, and even ferry. The transportation element of this itinerary was the most confusing aspect when planning our Spain, Portugal, Morocco trip. So, we’ve taken the headache out of the equation, providing links to all the places where you can book transportation and when you will need it.
First, if following this Portugal, Spain, Morocco itinerary, plan to fly into Lisbon, Portugal and out of Tangier, Morocco. We use Google Flights to find the cheapest flight information. Be sure to search for both open-jaw flights and one way flights to see which option is the cheapest.
You’ll be able to travel around Lisbon and to the mountain town of Sintra using public transportation that you can book when you arrive in Lisbon. However, you’ll need a rental car to travel between Lisbon and Albufeira and Faro, Portugal. It is possible to take a bus from Lisbon to Faro, but you will want a car to travel freely along the Algarve coast.
We use AutoEurope to compare rates and book cars when road tripping in Europe. Keep in mind, many of the cheapest cars to rent in Europe are manual transmissions, so if you cannot drive a stick-shift vehicle, be sure to select automatic only when searching for cars.
From Faro, Portugal to Seville, Spain you will need to take a bus, as there are no trains connecting the two cities. Driving your rental car to Seville is an alternative option, but there are significant fees added when you drive a rental car across a border and drop it off in a different country than you picked it up in. You’ll save hundreds of dollars by taking the bus. The buses are nice and roomy.
You can check the bus times, ticket costs and book directly at FlixBus.
In Seville, you can get by mainly on foot since you will primarily be exploring the city center if you follow our Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary. But when you leave Seville to head to Cordoba, Ronda, and to Tarifa to board the ferry to Morocco, you will travel by train.
You can review the train timetables and book your tickets at RailEurope.com.
The ferry is the easiest way to get between Spain and Morocco. There are two ferry ports in Spain and two near Tangier, so you want to be sure to go to the right one, which will save you a lot of time and frustration. Book your train ticket through to Tarifa, Spain rather than Algeciras. Both cities have ports with ferries that take you to Morocco, but Algeciras is a much longer ordeal, as the ferries are primarily transporting those in vehicles driving onto the ferry. The port in Tarifa is primarily for those walking onto the ferry, so the wait time and process is much smoother.
You will have to transfer trains in Algeciras to get to Tarifa but it is well worth the extra stop and could potentially save you hours of time. The ferry from Tarifa will drop you off at the port in Tangier, as well, whereas the Algeciras ferry docks at Tangier Med which is located about 30 minutes outside of Tangier.
You can book your ferries and check times at directferries.com.
When you arrive in Morocco, the easiest way to get between cities is to take a taxi or private transfer service. You can book your transfer to Chefchaouen directly online, or when you arrive at the ferry port, you’ll find plenty of taxi drivers who will also be willing to make the trip to Chefchaouen.
Safety and Health Information
Health and safety are the most important things to consider when booking a family trip. Fortunately, we felt safe in every part of Portugal, Spain and Morocco that we visited. Although Morocco can be intimidating for female travelers who might experience unwanted attention from men, it is a different story if visiting Morocco with kids. Moroccans are very family-oriented and children are doted on, stopped on the street, and blessed. This may be somewhat disquieting for children who do not like attention or have a fear of strangers, however we never felt unsafe.
Any time you travel internationally, you’ll want to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. You’ll also want to check each country’s entry requirements regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, as those may differ and change over time.
The drinking water or tap water in Portugal and Spain is safe to consume, but you will want to stick to purchasing bottled water in Morocco and avoid eating raw fruits that have been washed in the tap water. We even used bottled water to brush our teeth. Unfortunately, it is quite common to experience tummy issues like traveler’s diarrhea in Morocco, and we were not taking any chances. For this reason, we recommend purchasing travel insurance through a reputable company like World Nomads.
Again, health and safety information is always changing, so we always recommend checking with the state department in your country for travel advisories for each location.
Spain and Portugal both use the Euro and credit cards are widely accepted. Although, some places have a minimum purchase amount required if using a credit card. When getting cash out, we recommend using an ATM and paying the minimal foreign transaction fee rather than using a currency exchange kiosk, as your bank will give you a much better exchange rate.
In Morocco, you will want to take out some Moroccan dirham, as many businesses and vendors in the medinas don’t accept credit cards. You’ll find an ATM at the ferry ports. Be sure to check the currency exchange so you have a general idea on how much money to withdraw.
Visa requirements will vary depending on your country of origin. Travelers from the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union do not need visas for a Spain, Portugal, Morocco trip. Your passport and proof of onward travel is all you will need to visit any of these three countries.
Best time of the year to travel to Spain Portugal and Morocco
We did this 2-week Spain, Portugal Morocco itinerary during the summer months – in July and August specifically. It was the peak tourism season in Europe, so many places were crowded. Additionally, summer in southern Spain and Morocco can be extremely hot. Although the off-season would be more pleasant and less crowded, it isn’t always feasible for families like ours with school-aged children.
2-week Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary in a nutshell
Although this 2-week itinerary for Spain, Portugal and Morocco takes you to all three countries, you will only get a small taste of each country. You could easily spend 2 weeks in Spain alone marking incredible experiences off your Spain bucket list and visiting some of the many hidden gems of Spain.
You could also spend a full 2 weeks exploring all the best places to visit in Morocco, and still not cover them all. So, with a limited time split between three destinations, here is a breakdown of our 2-week Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary.
- Lisbon, Portugal: 3 days (with a day trip to Sintra)
- Albufeira and the Algarve coast: 2 days
- Seville, Spain: 3 days
- Cordoba, Spain: 2 days
- Ronda, Spain: 1 day
- Chefchaouen, Morocco: 2 days
- Tangier, Morocco: 1 day
We have included other alternative itineraries at the end of this post so you can choose the route for your Spain, Portugal, Morocco trip that is right for you.
Places to visit on a 2-week Spain Portugal Morocco trip
Now to a full overview of what you will see and where. We have written entire posts on many of these destinations that will give you a deeper look at the best things to do in each place and how to spend your time. But here is a quick overview of the main stops on our Spain Portugal Morocco itinerary.
Lisbon is your first stop of your 2 week trip to Portugal, Spain and Morocco. The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is both modern and historical. With steep, narrow streets, tiled buildings and red roofs, the city has a historical charm that is hard not to love. But the coastal city also boasts some of the best street art and even one of the most famous statues in Europe, a replica of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.
If visiting Lisbon with kids, the city is home to one of the largest aquariums in Europe, Oceanarium. Plan to give yourself at least three days in Lisbon, with a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, a beautiful mountain town that looks like something out of a fairy tale.
Here are a few of the highlights and things to see in Lisbon:
- Alfama District
- Castelo de St. Jorge
- Praca do Comercio
- Rossio Square
- Barrio Alto
- Jeronimos Monastery
- Belem Tower
- Pena Palace to Sintra
- Castle of Moors in Sintra
Where to stay in Lisbon: Hotel LX Rossio
Algarve Coast, Portugal
The Algarve Coast in southern Portugal is a popular beach destination in Europe. You can spend a couple days relaxing on the beach, playing in the ocean, and enjoying seafood and refreshing drinks in the picturesque seaside villages. The Algarve is known for its pristine white villages perched upon low cliffs overlooking beach coves if white sand. Some popular beach towns to visit and explore include Lagos and Albufeira.
If you rented a car and drove from Lisbon, take a scenic drive along the coast, stopping to visit various beaches like Praia Da Rocha and Praia Da Marinha. To top off your short time in the Algarve, book a guided tour to Benagil Cave, a stunning seaside cave accessible by boat. It is one of the most popular attractions in Portugal.
Here are a few highlights along the Algarve Coast:
- Beach hopping
- Benagil Cave
Where to stay along the Algarve Coast: Hotel Sol e Mar Albufeira
Your third destination on this Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary takes you to the beautiful Andalusia city of Seville. You’ll want to give yourself at least 3 days in Seville. The city is known for its tapas, flamenco shows, and relaxed atmosphere. In the heart of the city, you’ll find an extravagant Moorish palace that dates back to 1248 and one of the largest and most famous cathedrals in Europe if not the world.
Climb the Giralda Tower at the Seville Cathedral for panoramic views of Seville then relax at Plaza de Espana. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a Spanish siesta in the afternoon to regain your energy for a late night of delectable tapas, sangria, and flamenco performances.
Here are a few highlights and things to do in Seville, Spain:
Where to stay in Seville, Spain: NineSuites
From Seville, you’ll continue exploring the region of Andalusia on the Spain portion of your Portugal, Spain, Morocco itinerary. Head to the town of Cordoba, where you’ll spend two days. Although Cordoba can be done as a day trip from Seville, giving yourself two days in Cordoba allows you to explore the city without feeling rushed.
Cordoba is home to one of the oldest mosques in Europe. Although it is now a Catholic church, the Mosque of Cordoba still maintains much of its original Islamic architecture. Of course, Cordoba is known for its flower-filled streets and quaint patios that are the perfect place for a late breakfast or relaxing lunch. Spend some time wandering through the Jewish Quarter and enjoying the beautiful streets.
Here are a few highlights and things to do in Cordoba, Spain:
- Jewish Quarter
- Calle de las Flores
- Viana Palace Gardens
- Roman Bridge
- Mosque of Cordoba
- Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs
Where to stay in Cordoba, Spain: NH Collection Amistad Cordoba
One of the most beautiful places in Spain and even the real-life inspiration for a Disney movie, Ronda, Spain is a great place to relax with a glass of wine and an epic view.
Ronda is home to one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. Puente Nuevo extends nearly 400 feet across the Tajo Gorge. The picturesque bridge, which took 3 decades to build, is the primary draw to the small white village in Spain, but there are a lot more things to do and see if you want to spend more than one day in Ronda, Spain.
The old bridge, Puente Viejo, and Casa del Rey Moro are must-visits in the charming cliffside village. You can join a walking tour or roam at your leisure to explore the beautiful streets. The town is also the original home of bullfighting. If you are interested in learning the history behind it there is a museum and bullfighting arena in the center of town.
Here are a few highlights and things to do in Ronda, Spain:
- Puente Nuevo
- Puente Viejo
- Casa del Rey Moro
- Plaza de Toros
Where to stay in Ronda, Spain: Luxury apartment with wonderful views
Known as the Blue Pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest cities in the north African country. Situated in the Rif Mountains, the city is known for its charming, pastel blue medina. Spend a day letting yourself get lost in the narrow streets of the medina, take photos of the beautiful doors and eye-catching nooks and side streets.
Shop and haggle in the souk market, and then hike to the old Spanish Mosque for enchanting views overlooking this blue city. To get the full Moroccan experience, book your stay in a riad, which is a traditional Moroccan home with a shared interior courtyard.
Here are a few highlights and things to do in Chefchaouen, Morocco:
- Explore the blue medina
- Do a photo shoot
- Visit the souk market
- Hike to the Spanish Mosque
- Stay in a riad
Where to stay in Chefchaouen, Morocco: Riad La Santa
One of the most fascinating facts about Morocco is just how close it is to the continent of Europe. And Tangier is so close to the southern tip of Spain that you can even visit Tangier as a day trip from Seville. Located right on the coast, Tangier is a great place to end your whirlwind Spain, Portugal, Morocco itinerary. You can spend the day relaxing at the beach, or explore Tangier’s medina and Kasbah. Just outside of town, Hercules Caves are a popular tourist site. To maximize your time in Tangier, it’s worth booking a full-day tour with a guide who can show you the highlights of Morocco’s gateway town to Europe.
Here are a few highlights and things to do in Tangier, Morocco:
- Wander the streets of the medina
- Relax at the beach
- Visit the Kasbah museum
- Discover Caves of Hercules
Where to stay in Tangier, Morocco: Royal Tulip City Center
Other Spain Portugal Morocco itinerary ideas
We considered several different itineraries for Spain, Portugal, Morocco, so we wanted to provide a few additional options that might better suit your travel style.
#1 Alternative itinerary for Spain Portugal Morocco trip
This itinerary allows you to skip the rental car and bus, and take an overnight sleeper train from Lisbon to Madrid, although you’ll be missing the scenic beaches along the Algarve coast. It also allows you to stay in one place for longer and take more day trips. You can take day trips from Lisbon, Madrid, and Seville. You can even book a day trip from Seville to Tangier, Morocco if you just want to visit Morocco for a day or still plan to fly out of Tangier and take a day trip to Chefchaouen.
- Lisbon, Portugal: 4 days (with a day trip to Sintra)
- Madrid, Spain: 3 days (with a day trip to Toledo)
- Seville, Spain: 5 days (with a day trip to Ronda and a day trip to Cordoba)
- Tangier, Morocco: 2 days (with a day trip to Chefchaouen)
#2 Alternative itinerary for Portugal Spain and Morocco
It is tough to visit Spain and not visit the beautiful city of Barcelona. However, Spain is a large country and getting to Barcelona in the northeast portion of Spain takes some time. You can elect to fly between Madrid and Barcelona or take a train. You can also elect to fly between Barcelona and either Tangier or Marrakesh, Morocco, if you prefer flights to trains or road trips.
- Lisbon, Portugal: 3 days (with a day trip to Sintra)
- Madrid, Spain: 2 days (with a day trip to Toledo)
- Barcelona, Spain: 3 days
- Valencia, Spain: 1 days
- Seville, Spain: 3 days
- Tangier, Morocco: 2 days (with a day trip to Chefchaouen)
Is a 2 week trip to Spain, Portugal and Morocco enough?
If you prefer slow travel over a whirlwind trip, 2 weeks is not enough time to visit and truly appreciate Portugal, Spain and Morocco. In 2 weeks, it is a challenge to see more than a small region in each country. It’s a challenge to get to cities like Marrakesh or Barcelona without spending too much of your time in a car or train. But this itinerary gives you a small taste of each of the countries with a good portion of your time spent in my favorite region of Spain, Andalusia. You’ll return home having had a wonderful trip and wanting to return to each country to explore more!
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