12 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

12 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

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12 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Malaga, Spain
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Malaga, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Tavira, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Coimbra, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Merida, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
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Malaga, Spain
— Few hours
End: Malaga, Spain


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Malaga, Spain

Malaga
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Malaga day trip app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Málaga Airport, Jerez Airport and Sevilla Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Nightlife Tours

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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a stroll through Main Street and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park.

Make your Gibraltar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Gibraltar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Malaga in October: highs in Gibraltar hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Neighborhoods Wildlife Parks
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Main Street ©
Main Street
Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park ©

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Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the galleries of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sevilla.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip planner .

You can drive from Gibraltar to Seville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Tavira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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Tavira, Portugal

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Canastra, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermida de Sao Sebastiao.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tavira trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Tavira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Tavira is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Tavira can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Tavira

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Canastra
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Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril
Canastra ©
Canastra
Ermida de Sao Sebastiao ©
Ermida de Sao Sebastiao

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Rua Augusta, then pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally appreciate the history behind Belém Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, take a stroll through Alfama, and then enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lisbon online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra and then contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coimbra attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Coimbra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Coimbra are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Torre da Universidade de Coimbra ©
Torre da Universidade de Coimbra

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): do a tasting at Porto Augusto's.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Porto are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Porto Augusto's, Se de Braga
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

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Merida, Spain

Merida
Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. On the 22nd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, then don't miss a visit to Templo de Diana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Co-Cathedral of Merida, and finally take a stroll through Casco Historico de Merida. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Roman Bridge, contemplate the long history of Alcazaba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Pablo, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Caceres, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Merida journey site .

You can drive from Porto to Merida in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Merida is 1 hour. In October in Merida, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Caceres, Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor
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Old Town of Caceres
Old Town of Caceres
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Templo de Diana ©
Templo de Diana

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Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Centro Flamenco Fosforito, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Merced, examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Calleja del Panuelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Bodegas Lagar Blanco, then hunt for treasures at El Zoco, then take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally don't miss a visit to Cairuan Street.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip planner.

Getting from Merida to Cordoba by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Merida in October, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Bodegas Lagar Blanco
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Malaga, Spain

Malaga
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Malaga sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Granada to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Malaga, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Nightlife Tours

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