16 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

16 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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1
night
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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Porto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Dubai in March, expect Porto to be colder, temps between 18°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will enjoy Lisbon Oceanarium and Belém Tower. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Alfama, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip builder app .

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Lisbon are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sevilla.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seville road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Seville is 1 hour. In March in Seville, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kids will enjoy Parque del Retiro and Plaza de Oriente. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Madrid online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in March, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Barcelona. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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