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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Portimao, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de S. Jorge and Castelo dos Mouros. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, shop like a local with A Arte da Terra, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon route builder tool .

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. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Lisbon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), kick back and relax at Praia dos Tres Irmaos and then kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Misericordia Church, stroll through Algarve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Telheiro Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portimao trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Portimao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Portimao can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Portimao

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Silves, Telheiro Beach
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Telheiro Beach ©
Telheiro Beach
Praia dos Tres Irmaos ©
Praia dos Tres Irmaos

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): deepen your understanding at Royal Tobacco Factory, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then get great views at Catedral de Sevilla.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Portimao to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In October in Seville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Salon, and finally stop by DEGUSTA ANDALUCIA. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Nerja, make a trip to Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, and then kick back and relax at Playa de la Alberquilla.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nerja road trip app .

Getting from Seville to Nerja by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nerja, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Church of El Salvador ©
Church of El Salvador

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Royal Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Generalife, and then take a stroll through Albayzin.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Granada itinerary builder site .

Getting from Nerja to Granada by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Granada, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, walk around Parc Guell, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barceloneta Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in November, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, then take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in November: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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