15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey


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3
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 8th (Thu), take a stroll through Barrio del Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Pinedo, and then contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Valencia online attractions planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Valencia is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Valencia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Seville.

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Playa de Pinedo ©
Playa de Pinedo
Barrio del Carmen ©
Barrio del Carmen
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Las Duenas and Jardines de Murillo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Sevilla and Barrio Santa Cruz. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Jose, and see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seville sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Seville, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

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Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Las Duenas ©
Las Duenas

2
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 14th (Wed), get great views at Pau da Bandeira Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant'Ana Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Pescadores, kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, and finally look for gifts at By Nature.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Seville to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seville to Albufeira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in August: highs in Albufeira hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Centro Historico de Albufeira ©
Centro Historico de Albufeira
Praia dos Pescadores ©
Praia dos Pescadores

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Miradouro da Graca, then don't miss a visit to Parque das Nacoes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally take a stroll through Belém Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa de Caparica, then take a stroll through Alfama, and then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon vacation builder app .

Getting from Albufeira to Lisbon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Albufeira in August, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Porto.

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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Alfama ©
Alfama
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, and then see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Jardim da Rotunda da Boavista, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Homem do Leme, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto vacation builder site .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Porto at 28°C and lows at 17°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

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Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Spas
FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio de Salamanca.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Madrid online trip builder .

Fly from Porto to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Madrid is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in August; daily highs in Madrid reach 39°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

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Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca

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