18 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

18 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Regina, Canada
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Faro, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Regina, Canada

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary builder .

Regina, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Time (WET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Regina in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

2
nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then stroll through Quinta da Regaleira. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Cascais, then enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca, and then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sintra itinerary planner.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In May, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Centro Historico de Cascais
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia), Sagres (Fortaleza de Sagres & Cape Saint Vincent) and Praia da Rocha (Praia Da Rocha & Casa do "Vo" Serafim). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, kick back and relax at Meia Praia, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Lagos route planner.

You can drive from Sintra to Lagos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Sagres, Castelo de Silves, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Zoomarine Algarve
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

4
nights
Faro, Portugal

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tavira (Tavira Island & Praia do Barril). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Vilamoura, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Faro trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Faro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Faro can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Faro

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tavira, Olhao, Aquashow Park, Marina de Vilamoura
Highlights from your plan
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa
Marina de Vilamoura ©
Marina de Vilamoura

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. On your second day here, make a trip to Metropol Parasol, then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Faro to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Faro to Seville is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Puerta del Sol and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planning website .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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