21 days in Portugal, Spain & Tangier Itinerary

21 days in Portugal, Spain & Tangier Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal, Spain & Tangier Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Malaga, Spain
— Few hours
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + ferry:  6​h
6
Tangier, Morocco
— 1 day
+3
ferry + foot + bus + train:  6​h
7
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Templo de Debod, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Madrid, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Debod ©
Templo de Debod
Museo Sorolla ©
Museo Sorolla

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo and then admire the local landmark of Magic Fountain (Font Magica). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barceloneta Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

1
night
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 22nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Valencia itinerary planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen

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.
You'll explore and learn at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) and Palacio de Alcazar Genil. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner .

You can drive from Valencia to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Valencia in July, expect nights in Granada to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Museums Childrens Museums Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©
Palacio de Alcazar Genil ©
Palacio de Alcazar Genil

few
hours
Malaga, Spain

Malaga
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
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Drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Granada in July: highs in Malaga hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 70°F. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Tangier.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Nightlife Tours

1
day
Tangier, Morocco

Tangier ©
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Medina of Tetouan and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tangier day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Tangier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Malaga, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tangier, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Tangier

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Medina of Tetouan, Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam ©
Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam
Medina of Tetouan ©
Medina of Tetouan

1
night
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 28th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Isla Magica.

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You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Tangier to Seville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tangier to Seville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tangier in July, you will find days in Seville are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Popular historic sites such as Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Praia da ursa). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take an in-depth tour of Igreja de Sao Roque, learn about all things military at Museum of National Republican Guard, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in July, expect Lisbon to be little chillier, temps between 85°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
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 2nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Porto online itinerary planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, Porto is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
On the 4th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, explore the activities along Retiro Park, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Madrid is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in August: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 92°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
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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