20 days in Central Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

20 days in Central Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Central Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

Start: Taipei, Taiwan
Fly:  20​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Coimbra, Portugal
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Taipei, Taiwan

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Castelo dos Mouros. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chiado and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Centro Historico de Cascais (in Cascais), Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Maria Madrugas, & more) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Alfama, shop like a local with Rossio Square, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Lisbon is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Taipei to Lisbon, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taipei in June, expect Lisbon to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Sintra, Centro Historico de Cascais, Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Monastery of Alcobaca. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Batalha Monastery and University of Coimbra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coimbra: Praia da Nazare (in Nazare) and Tomar (Convent of Christ & Castelo de Tomar). It doesn't end there: stop by Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coimbra online itinerary maker .

Getting from Lisbon to Coimbra by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in June, expect nights in Coimbra to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tomar, Monastery of Alcobaca, Praia da Nazare, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

3
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.
Let the collections at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de España and Barrio Santa Cruz. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Sevilla, and shop like a local with La Galeria Roja.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip builder site .

Getting from Coimbra to Seville by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Coimbra to Seville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Coimbra in June, expect Seville to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Centro Historico de Sevilla ©
Centro Historico de Sevilla

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, then wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Sala el Potro, don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba, then take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, then take an in-depth tour of Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Almodovar.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cordoba itinerary builder .

Take a train from Seville to Cordoba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in June, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Castillo de Almodovar
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

3
nights
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 outdoors at Fundación Cueva de Nerja and Playa del Molino de Papel. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alhambra and Royal Chapel of Granada. Go for a jaunt from Granada to Nerja to see Playa de la Alberquilla about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de los Aljibes, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and take a stroll through Albayzin.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Granada tour planning tool .

Drive from Cordoba to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cordoba in June: highs in Granada hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Castillo de Gibralfaro and Malaga Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Puente Nuevo and Marbella Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malaga: Nerja (Playa El Salon & Balcon de Europa), Vom Fass Fuengirola (in Fuengirola) and La Carihuela (in Torremolinos). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum and do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Malaga trip planner .

You can drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Malaga sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nerja, Ronda, Vom Fass Fuengirola, Marbella Old Town, La Carihuela
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Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum

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