17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Montserrat, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
3
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 day
Bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Fatima, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Kansas City, United States


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1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, walk around Ciutadella Park, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip itinerary maker .

Kansas City, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kansas City to Barcelona, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Montserrat.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Montserrat, Spain

Montserrat ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Cueva de Montserrat, learn about winemaking at Finca Ca n'Estella, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita de Sant Salvador de les Espases, then don't miss a visit to Montserrat-Aeri, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Montserrat, and finally examine the collection at Montserrat Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Montserrat road trip app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Montserrat takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. August in Montserrat sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Montserrat

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Finca Ca n'Estella, Ermita de Sant Salvador de les Espases, Museu de Montserrat
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey ©
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
Santa Cueva de Montserrat ©
Santa Cueva de Montserrat
Ermita de Sant Salvador de les Espases ©

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande and Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena. On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via, and finally explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip builder app .

Getting from Valencia to Madrid by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in September, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Chapel of Granada as well as Alhambra. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada vacation builder website .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Granada, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Jerez De La Frontera.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

2
nights
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

Jerez De La Frontera ©
A culturally and historically rich city, Jerez de la Frontera is known around the world for the production of Spanish sherry.
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera, contemplate the long history of Palacio del Virrey Laserna, do a tasting at Bodegas Tio Pepe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel, then make a trip to Alcazar Jerez de la Frontera, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro de Chipiona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Arcos de la Frontera, shop like a local with Bodegas Tradicion, examine the collection at Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Luis Perez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cartuja de Jerez, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Mayor Prioral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jerez De La Frontera holiday planner.

You can drive from Granada to Jerez De La Frontera in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Jerez De La Frontera sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Jerez De La Frontera

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

El Puerto de Santa Maria, Chipiona, Arcos de la Frontera
Highlights from your plan
Bodegas Luis Perez ©
Bodegas Luis Perez
Faro de Chipiona ©
Faro de Chipiona
Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de España, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally admire the striking features of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla.

For where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip planner.

Traveling by train from Jerez De La Frontera to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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day
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mosteiro dos Jeronimos as well as Santa Maria de Belem Church. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de Belem Church, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon attractions planner.

Fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. September in Lisbon sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Fatima.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

1
night
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. You've now added Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima to your itinerary.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fatima day trip planning site .

Take a bus from Lisbon to Fatima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Lisbon in September, plan for little chillier days in Fatima, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade
Wax Museum of Fátima ©
Wax Museum of Fátima

2
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Botafumeiro, Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico and Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela. On the 7th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museo das Peregrinacións.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Fatima to Santiago de Compostela takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fatima to Santiago de Compostela is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Santiago de Compostela can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo do Pobo Galego ©
Museo do Pobo Galego
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Museo Catedralicio ©
Museo Catedralicio

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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Diputacion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas, then admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Santiago, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bilbao itinerary planner.

Fly from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Santiago ©
Catedral de Santiago
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Palacio de la Diputacion ©
Palacio de la Diputacion

3
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Get some historical perspective at Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca and St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban). Let the collections at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis and Museo Nacional de Escultura capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salamanca: The Walls of Avila (in Avila), Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral (in Leon) and Iglesia de San Pablo (in Valladolid). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), steep yourself in history at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), and ponder the world of politics at Universidad de Salamanca.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Salamanca day trip planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to Salamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Salamanca, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Valladolid, The Walls of Avila, Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, Bodega Muelas
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

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