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Both Spain and Portugal use the Euro, with the exchange rate being approximately. I recommend using a currency converter such as XE Currency on your cell phone or a currency converter on the web to get the most up to date currency exchanges for all forms of currency. Instead, take out local currency Euros at the airport via ATM machine. If you travel quite frequently, consider applying for a Charles Schwab bank account. The company refunds any and all fees associated with foreign transaction ATM withdrawals. When it comes to cash in Morocco, things are a bit different.
Morocco is still very much a cash society, so be sure to have enough before heading out for the day. Note that you are not able to obtain dirham anywhere outside of Morocco with the exception being select places in Spain and Gibraltar , so you cannot get the currency beforehand in your home country due to strict exchange controls. Since Spain, Portugal, and Morocco are located in southern Europe and northern Africa, the weather tends to get rather hot and sticky during the summer months June-August. Temperatures hover around 80 degrees F, with highs up to 95 degrees F in Fez, Morocco.
Most visitors tend to visit Spain and Portugal during the summer months, but late Spring is a wonderful time to plan a trip there as well. Mid-March to May is the most pleasant time to visit Morocco; the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising but are not stifling hot.
Morocco is also absolutely lovely in the Fall, when temperatures begin to die down. Spain and Portugal use both type C two round pins and type F two round pins with two earth clips on the side plug types, different than those electrical outlets as found in the USA. WiFi hotspots are a cost effective option to ensure you can use GPS apps like Google Maps, check your emails, and catch up with friends and family while away.
Note that some cell phone plans allow for international use, but many of these are costly. I desperately wished I had a personal WiFi hotspot with me then! Find more information and plan options here. Depending on when you visit, it may be exceptionally hot and sticky, so plan your clothing with this in mind. Pashminas and thin head scarves are recommended for Morocco as well.
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As noted above, a personal wireless device will come in handy so you can stay connected wherever you are. Before I leave for any trip, I like to have a whole slew of activities planned out. Some of these activities are best to do alone so you can take your sweet time and some are best with a tour group so you can get additional information. Look out for those, and once you decide on your dates, come back and book them! And thankfully, they have wonderful cancellation policies so you can easily switch the dates if you decide to move something around in your trip.
My itinerary below includes roughly 10 days in Spain, with additional days in Portugal and Morocco if you wish to head a bit south and are looking for even more culture!
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Just send me some churros con chocolate as a thank you, pretty please! Start your Spain and Portugal tour in Barcelona, a beautiful and cosmopolitan city, loved by tourists and locals alike. Pick and choose from this list of recommended highlights, and make sure you add in some ample time for eating!
Did someone say tapas, sangria, and churros con chocolate!? You bet I did! Find more things to do in Barcelona here. Read more about Barcelona here. And if you have more time, consider one of the wonderful day trips from Barcelona , including Monserrat for some dramatic landscapes , Sitges a lively beach town south of the city , and Girona on my itinerary for next time.
Your pick depending on how much you want to spend and how long you want your travel day to be! Whatever method of travel you prefer, I recommend heading to Valencia at night after your second day in Barcelona to ensure the max amount of time in Valencia! Next up, Valencia, a charming old city and the third-largest in Spain, is well worth a visit.
Make sure you try some paella, horchatas, and Aguas de Valencia a fruity, delicious, and somewhat dangerous drink. How to Get from Valencia to Granada: Unfortunately traveling between the two cities can be a bit long and tiresome. Next up on your Spain and Portugal itinerary, Granada, an old Moorish city and the land of a thousand castles! Fill your brain with history from the Alhambra and fill your stomach with pionono cakes, a local speciality in the area. An absolutely humbling and breathtaking experience, and the views from the different vantage spots of the palace and gardens will keep you impressed for hours on end.
If you want to see the entire complex, with all the buildings and gardens, plan to be at the Alhambra for most of the day. Buy skip the line tickets here. Tips for visiting the Alhambra:. On your second day in Granada, relax a bit after your intriguing and mind-blowing visit to the Alhambra the previous day. A few ideas for today in Granada:. Do your research before deciding to head to Morocco solo or with only female friends.
Women should wear long skirts and dresses, or cotton, loose fitting pants always covering the knee , and tee shirts that cover the shoulder area. Sandals and sneakers are generally worn, without many wearing heels. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, and be prepared to do some climbing.
The temple is accessible to wheelchair users including the elevator and cable car to the top , but there are some steep ramps. If not on an organized tour, jump in a minibus taxi from Chiang Mai. A tram takes you to the summit and the wat, or you can trek along the winding road and climb the steps. Doi Suthep is a very popular attraction in Chiang Mai. To avoid the crowds, plan to visit first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Try to visit on a clear day for the best panoramic view from the top. Initial construction of the temple, which gets its name from the mountain on which it was built, dates back to According to local legend, an elephant carrying Buddhist relics including a piece of shoulder bone from the Buddha was sent out from Chiang Mai, but instead of keeping to the flat countryside, it climbed up the mountain and stopped at the summit.
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