19 days in Spain, Portugal & Zurich Itinerary

19 days in Spain, Portugal & Zurich Itinerary

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19 days in Spain, Portugal & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  11​h 30​min
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
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Madrid, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Almunecar, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
train:  30​min
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Cascais, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Segovia, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h
12
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Zurich. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour itinerary app .

Fly from Zurich to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in July; daily highs in Madrid reach 40°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites

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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.
To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Toledo day trip planning website .

Take a train from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Toledo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Granada.

Things to do in Toledo

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Alhambra.

Plan trip to Granada with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Toledo to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Almunecar.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra

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Almunecar, Spain

Almunecar ©
Almuñécar is a municipality in the Spanish Autonomous Region of Andalusia on the Costa Tropical between Nerja (Málaga) and Motril. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Salon, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, and then admire the natural beauty at Parque Botanico El Majuelo.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Almunecar trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Granada to Almunecar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seville.

Things to do in Almunecar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nerja
Highlights from your plan
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo ©
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Parque Botanico El Majuelo ©
Parque Botanico El Majuelo

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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.
To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Lisbon.

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

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at Nosso Tejo, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon holiday maker website .

Fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. In July, Lisbon is little chillier than Seville - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Cascais.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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Cascais, Portugal

Cascais ©
A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Cascais is known for beaches, nature, adventure, casinos, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca, enjoy the sand and surf at Ribeira Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Guincho Beach, and take a stroll through Centro Historico de Cascais.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cascais trip maker .

You can take a train from Lisbon to Cascais in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cascais can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You will leave for Porto on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Cascais

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Boca do Inferno ©
Boca do Inferno
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Guincho Beach ©
Guincho Beach

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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 28th (Sun): take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, and then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner .

Getting from Cascais to Porto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Cascais in July, you will find days in Porto are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salamanca.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 29th (Mon), make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Salamanca road trip planning site .

Drive from Porto to Salamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Salamanca is 1 hour. When traveling from Porto in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salamanca, with highs around 37°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Segovia.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus

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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 30th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Alcazar de Segovia, then don't miss a visit to Segovia Aqueduct, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Segovia trip planner .

Getting from Salamanca to Segovia by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salamanca in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Segovia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Segovia

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old City ©
Old City
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
See even more of Madrid: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, browse the exhibits of Royal Palace of Madrid, and contemplate the long history of Casa de Campo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid route builder app .

Take a train from Segovia to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zurich.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Zurich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums

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