21 days in Spain, Gibraltar & Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Spain, Gibraltar & Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Spain, Gibraltar & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  16​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Toledo, Spain
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cartagena, Spain
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
train:  45​min
9
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Albufeira, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
12
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Coimbra, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
14
Aveiro, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
15
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
16
Braga, Portugal
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
17
Guimaraes, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
18
Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
19
Avila, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
20
Segovia, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
21
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India


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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tour Cuentame Madrid.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary maker site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Madrid is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in October: highs in Madrid hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Toledo on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo de San Isidro ©
Museo de San Isidro

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Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then explore the world behind art at Museo del Greco, and then explore the world behind art at Church of Santo Tomé.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Toledo trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Toledo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Museo del Greco ©
Museo del Greco
Church of Santo Tomé ©
Church of Santo Tomé

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Valencia Cathedral, Central Market of Valencia and Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, don't miss a visit to Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and then hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Valencia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Toledo to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Toledo in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valencia, with lows around 17°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Valencia

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

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Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at ARQUA - Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Santa Maria, and then stroll through Playa de Calblanque.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena sightseeing planner .

Drive from Valencia to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cathedral de Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral de Santa Maria ©
Cathedral de Santa Maria

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Archive Saint John of God Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Granada online visit planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Granada when traveling from Cartagena in October, with lows around 14°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned and then visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gibraltar road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Granada to Gibraltar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Granada in October since evenings lows in Gibraltar dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Europa Point ©
Europa Point
Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned ©
Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned

1
night
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): wander the streets of Old City, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Del Rey Moro, then examine the collection at Museo Lara, and finally see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion del Vino.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ronda trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Gibraltar to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gibraltar in October, you will find days in Ronda are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Cordoba.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Del Rey Moro ©
Casa Del Rey Moro
Old City ©
Old City
Centro de Interpretacion del Vino ©
Centro de Interpretacion del Vino

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night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
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 16th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Calahorra Tower and then steep yourself in history at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cordoba road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Ronda to Cordoba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Palacio de Viana ©
Palacio de Viana

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip maker app .

Take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

1
night
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 18th (Fri), view the masterpieces at BAM Art Gallery and then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Albufeira travel tool .

Traveling by car from Seville to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Centro Historico de Albufeira ©
Centro Historico de Albufeira

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nights
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 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum and then take a stroll through Bairro Alto.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Lisbon travel route planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lisbon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca, then examine the collection at Museu do Bonsai, then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and finally admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sintra sightseeing planning app .

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In October in Sintra, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Museu do Bonsai ©
Museu do Bonsai

1
night
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coimbra route planning app .

You can drive from Sintra to Coimbra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Aveiro.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

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Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro ©
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa Nova, admire the landmark architecture of Aveiro, and then take an in-depth tour of Museu de Aveiro.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Aveiro trip builder website .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Aveiro in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Aveiro

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Praia da Costa Nova
Highlights from your plan
Aveiro ©
Aveiro
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Museu de Aveiro ©
Museu de Aveiro

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Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

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Take a train from Aveiro to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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Braga, Portugal

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Se de Braga and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bom Jesus do Monte.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Braga trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Porto to Braga by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

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Guimaraes, Portugal

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, then explore the ancient world of Citania de Briteiros, then explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Paco dos Duques de Braganca. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alberto Sampaio Museum.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Guimaraes trip tool .

Guimaraes is just a stone's throw from Braga. In October, daily temperatures in Guimaraes can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano
Highlights from your plan
Citania de Briteiros ©
Citania de Briteiros
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira

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Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salamanca trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Guimaraes to Salamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Salamanca when traveling from Guimaraes in October, with lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Avila.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz ©
Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz

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Avila, Spain

Avila ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of Avila as well as The Walls of Avila. On the 26th (Sat), explore the ancient world of The Walls of Avila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Avila.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Avila trip planner .

You can drive from Salamanca to Avila in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Segovia.

Things to do in Avila

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Avila ©
Cathedral of Avila
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

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Segovia, Spain

Segovia ©
As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
On the 26th (Sat), wander the streets of Old City.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Segovia day trip site .

You can drive from Avila to Segovia in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Avila in October, Segovia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Segovia

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old City ©
Old City

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid
To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid sightseeing app .

Traveling by train from Segovia to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You will leave for home on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites

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