16 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

16 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Portimao, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Diego, United States


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4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Shop till you drop at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rua Augusta. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jeronimos Monastery and Castelo de S. Jorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, wander the streets of Rossio Square, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon tour planner.

San Diego, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Lisbon is 8 hours. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

1
night
Portimao, Portugal

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stop by Aqua Portimao, kick back and relax at Molhe Beach, then view the masterpieces at Studio Bongard, and finally stroll through Praia Da Rocha.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Portimao itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Portimao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Portimao sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Portimao

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ferragudo
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Studio Bongard ©
Studio Bongard

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 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Metropol Parasol, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and then make a trip to Plaza de España. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Calle Sierpes, then take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla, and then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Seville road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Portimao to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portimao to Seville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portimao in July, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
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.
Attractions like Royal Palace of Madrid and Retiro Park make great kid-friendly stops. Popular historic sites such as Catedral Primada and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum are in your itinerary. When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Casco Historico de Toledo in Toledo, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, take a stroll through Gran Via, and look for gifts at Libreria Alcala.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Madrid travel route planning app .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

4
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Barceloneta Beach. Kids will enjoy Parc Guell and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercat del Art de la Placa de Sant Josep Oriol, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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