18 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

18 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Teide National Park, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Kansas City, United States

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Tile Museum and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, admire the striking features of Igreja de Sao Roque, and take in the exciting artwork at Wozen.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planning app .

Kansas City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kansas City in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Malcolm Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and finally get outside with Pro Putting Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lagos travel route builder .

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seville day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lagos to Seville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lagos in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then explore the activities along Jardi del Turia, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at City of the Arts and Sciences. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, and then get to know the resident critters at Bioparc Valencia.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Seville to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Spend the 10th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc Guell, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, stroll through Barceloneta Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Teide National Park.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

3
nights
Teide National Park, Spain

Teide National Park ©
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Teide National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Los Roques de Garcia, then contemplate the long history of Vilaflor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Piramides de Guimar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): make a splash at Oasis Los Gigantes, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Los Gigantes, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Abama.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Teide National Park vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Barcelona to Teide National Park. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Teide National Park due to the time zone difference. In August in Teide National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Teide National Park

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tenerife, Vilaflor, Los Gigantes, Piramides de Guimar, ARTlandya
Highlights from your plan
ARTlandya ©
ARTlandya
Teide National Park ©
Teide National Park
Playa de Abama ©
Playa de Abama

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