17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly + Drive:  16 h
1
Mercadal, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Mercadal, Spain

Mercadal ©
Take a break from the city and head to Cala Pregonda and Menorca a Caballo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cova des Coloms.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Mercadal trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Mercadal is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in July, with highs in Mercadal at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Mercadal

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Menorca, Migjorn Gran, Ferreries, Cala Galdana
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Cala Pregonda ©
Cala Pregonda
El Toro ©
El Toro
Cala Galdana ©
Cala Galdana

4
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kids will enjoy Playa de la Cala el Canuelo and Playa El Bajondillo. Visiting Río Chíllar and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Malaga side-trips: Fuengirola (Centro Comercial Miramar & Los Boliches), Playa de la Cala Mijas (in La Cala de Mijas) and Butterfly Park of Benalmadena (in Benalmadena). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, stop by Abuela ili chocolate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Carihuela, and hunt for treasures at Nerja Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Mercadal to Malaga with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nerja, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, Chocolate Abuela ili
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Playa El Bajondillo ©
Playa El Bajondillo

3
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio), and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo, then don't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and then stroll through Praia Dona Ana.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos vacation builder site .

You can drive from Malaga to Lagos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Malaga to Lagos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Lagos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Belém Tower and Praia da Nazare. Get outdoors at Cabo da Roca and Marinhas de Sal. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Guincho Beach (in Cascais), Obidos (Obidos Village & Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos) and Miradouro da Cruz dos Remedios (in Peniche). Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Obidos, Marinhas de Sal, Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach, Praia da Nazare
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Guincho Beach ©
Guincho Beach

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