18 days in Spain & Algarve Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Algarve Itinerary

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Faro, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alhambra, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Faro, Portugal

— 1 night

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro, head off the coast to Tavira Island, and then stroll around Ria Formosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): make a splash at Aquashow Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Faro trip itinerary planner.

Panama City, Panama to Faro is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Panama City in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Faro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Lagos, Portugal

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Praia do Peneco (in Albufeira) and Praia da Falesia (in Olhos de Agua). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, stroll through Praia do Camilo, and explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lagos trip planner.

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ronda, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Venture out of the city with trips to Estepona (Velero Intrepido & Amaneceres, Actividades Ecuestres) and Casares Cemetery (in Casares). The adventure continues: take in the views from Puente Nuevo, examine the collection at Museo Lara, learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, and explore by horseback at Paddock Paradise Ronda.

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Getting from Lagos to Ronda by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Ronda. When traveling from Lagos in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ronda: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Setenil de las Bodegas.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Piel de Ubrique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ardales National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Setenil de las Bodegas attractions planning site.

Setenil de las Bodegas is just a short distance from Ronda. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alhambra.

Things to do in Setenil de las Bodegas

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Alhambra, Spain

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Area Recreativa Rio Dilar, get outside with Embalse de Quentar, and then don't miss a visit to Justice Gate. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Parque Comercial Nevada, then examine the collection at Pabellon de las Artes, and then contemplate the long history of Cuevas De las Ventanas.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Alhambra trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Setenil de las Bodegas to Alhambra in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Setenil de las Bodegas in September, expect Alhambra to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Alhambra

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Rafael Boti.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cordoba route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Alhambra to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alhambra in September: highs in Cordoba hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Towers

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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the landmark architecture of Torre del Oro, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz.

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You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in September, plan for slightly colder days in Seville, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Algarve travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.