20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Portimao, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nerja, Spain
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Maria Madrugasfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Castelo de S. Jorge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire the local landmark of Rossio Square, get a taste of the local shopping with Avenida da Liberdade, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of National Republican Guard.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey builder website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lisbon is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Lisbon. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Portimao, Portugal

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Praia Vale Dos Homens. Get out of town with these interesting Portimao side-trips: Algarve (in Silves), Telheiro Beach (in Vila do Bispo) and Praia do Amado (in Aljezur). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia da Marinha and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Tres Irmaos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Portimao trip planning website .

You can drive from Lisbon to Portimao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Portimao are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Portimao

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Algarve, Praia do Amado, Telheiro Beach, Praia da Marinha, Praia Vale Dos Homens
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Praia Vale Dos Homens ©
Praia Vale Dos Homens

2
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.
On the 29th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla, see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Portimao to Seville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Portimao to Seville is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Seville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Salon and Playa del Molino de Papel. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa de la Alberquilla, stroll through Playa Torrecilla, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nerja holiday website .

Getting from Seville to Nerja by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nerja when traveling from Seville in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Nerja

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa del Molino de Papel ©
Playa del Molino de Papel

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada will appeal to history buffs. Head to Mercado San Miguel and Gran Viafor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and explore the activities along Retiro Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Nerja to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Visit El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batllo and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, and see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barcelona route website .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in November, with highs in Barcelona at 21°C and lows at 11°C. On the 9th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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