21 days in Amsterdam, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Amsterdam, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
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Cascais, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 1 day
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 day
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Ronda, Spain
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Murcia, Spain
— 1 night
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 day
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online itinerary planner.

Oranjestad, Aruba to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Oranjestad to Amsterdam is 5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Oranjestad in September, with highs in Amsterdam at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza Mayor and then kick back and relax at Playa del Alberche.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in September: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oporto Adventure Tours as well as Porto Walkers - Free Walking Tours & Experiences. On the 8th (Sat), let the river carry you with Oporto Adventure Tours and then get a taste of local nightlife at Porto Walkers - Free Walking Tours & Experiences.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Porto travel planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Porto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in September, you will find days in Porto are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arco do Triunfo as well as LX Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then make a trip to LX Factory, and then appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lisbon holiday planner.

You can drive from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. While traveling from Porto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sintra.

Sintra, Portugal

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Palacio de Monserrate. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Monserrate, then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, and then steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sintra, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In September in Sintra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cascais.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks

Cascais, Portugal

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Cascais.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cascais road trip planner.

Cascais is very close to Sintra. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Cascais

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Lisbon, Portugal

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

You've now added Mercado da Ribeira to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Mercado da Ribeira.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip builder.

Drive from Cascais to Lisbon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Lagos, Portugal

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. September in Lagos sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Faro, Portugal

— 1 day

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Faro trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Lagos to Faro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Faro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España and then relax in the rural setting at Les Visites du Campo Bravo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seville road trip website.

Traveling by car from Faro to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Faro to Seville is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 day

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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 (Sun): make a trip to Puerta del Almodovar, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then steep yourself in history at Casa Andalusi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally snap pictures at Roman Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip planner.

Take a train from Seville to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in September, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors

Ronda, Spain

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Tajo de Ronda as well as Puente Nuevo. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the views from Puente Nuevo and then explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ronda online tour planner.

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Ronda sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Nature

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Generalife, Alhambra and Nevada Guides - Day Tours. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): capture your vacation like a pro with Nevada Guides - Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra and then admire the natural beauty at Generalife.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Granada tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, Granada is a bit cooler than Ronda - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Murcia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Murcia, Spain

— 1 night
Murcia is a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of 442,573 inhabitants in 2009 (about one third of the total population of the Region). To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Murcia trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Murcia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in September, Murcia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Murcia

Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Patacona beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valencia itinerary planner.

You can drive from Murcia to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Valencia are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Valencia to Madrid by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Madrid. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Toledo, Spain

— 1 day

City of Three Cultures

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 22nd (Sat): stroll through Embalse del Guajaraz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, then take in the spiritual surroundings of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Toledo day trip website.

You can drive from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Toledo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid attractions site.

You can drive from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, things will get little chillier in Amsterdam: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.