18 days in Spain, Portugal & Southern Italy Itinerary

18 days in Spain, Portugal & Southern Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Arrecife, Bus to Puerto Del Carmen
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Puerto Del Carmen, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus to Arrecife, Fly to Malaga
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Burgos, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
Train to Barcelona, Fly to Naples
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
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Puerto Del Carmen, Spain

— 2 nights

Nightlife Capital of Lanzarote

One of the most lively and visited areas in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote’s largest city, Puerto del Carmen, is well-known for its vibrant nightlife and high concentration of bars and pubs.
Get some cultural insight at Casa Jose Saramago and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de los Pocillos and Castillo de Santa Barbara. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Town Harbour, browse the exhibits of Museo de la Pirateria, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Gines.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Del Carmen day trip planning website.

Mumbai, India to Puerto Del Carmen is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Puerto Del Carmen. When traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for cooler days in Puerto Del Carmen, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Puerto Del Carmen

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 21st (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum, contemplate the long history of Castillo de Gibralfaro, then take a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Málaga, and finally contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village), stop by La Carihuela, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga.

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Getting from Puerto Del Carmen to Malaga by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Del Carmen in December: high temperatures in Malaga hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Cordoba, Spain

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, take in the views from Roman Bridge, then take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Almodovar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Casa de Sefarad, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento De Las Hermanas De La Cruz, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cordoba trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Malaga to Cordoba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Malaga in December since evenings lows in Cordoba dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Evora, Portugal

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Brissos.

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Drive from Cordoba to Evora in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cordoba to Evora due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Salamanca, Spain

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Teresa, contemplate the long history of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, then contemplate the long history of Universidad de Salamanca, and finally make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

Before you visit Salamanca, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Evora to Salamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Evora in December, with highs in Salamanca at 11°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Burgos.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Burgos, Spain

— 1 night
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de las Huelgas, make a trip to Hospital del Rey, then make a trip to Catedral De Burgos, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Evolucion Humana.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Burgos trip planner.

You can drive from Salamanca to Burgos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Salamanca in December, you will find days in Burgos are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites · Museums

Zaragoza, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza del Pilar. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zaragoza trip planning tool.

You can drive from Burgos to Zaragoza in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Burgos in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Zaragoza, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites

Naples, Italy

— 3 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco and Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Casa del Fauno and San Domenico Maggiore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Pompeii (Temple of Apollo, Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Francesco di Paola, get engrossed in the history at Museo delle Torture, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, and steep yourself in history at Chiesa di Santa Chiara.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Naples driving holiday tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zaragoza to Naples takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zaragoza in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Naples, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.