21 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Sitges, Spain
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Peniscola, Spain
— 1 night
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Alicante, Spain
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Tavira, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaja de Sant Sebastian, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In September, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sitges.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Sitges, Spain

Sitges is a town about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, in Catalonia, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. On the 11th (Fri), stroll through Playa Les Anquines and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de la Barra.

Make your Sitges itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Sitges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Sitges can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Peniscola.

Things to do in Sitges

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Peniscola, Spain

— 1 night
Peníscola or Peñíscola, anglicised as Peniscola, is a municipality in the province of Castellón, Valencian Community, Spain. On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Cala del Pebret y Russo Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Peniscola trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sitges to Peniscola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Peniscola are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Peniscola

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Valencia trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Peniscola to Valencia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Valencia, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Alicante.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Alicante, Spain

City of Sun

As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz and then appreciate the views at Guadalest Valley.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Alicante road trip planning app.

You can drive from Valencia to Alicante in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Alicante sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Alicante

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take a stroll through Albayzin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

Drive from Alicante to Granada in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Alicante in September since evenings lows in Granada dip to 17°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba and then stop by Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cordoba travel route planner.

Take a train from Granada to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in September, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Seville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cordoba to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in September, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Adventure

Tavira, Portugal

— 2 nights
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): head off the coast to Tavira Island, then kick back and relax at Praia do Barril, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Pedro Goncalves Telmo, and finally kick back and relax at Cabanas de Tavira Beach. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours, then take some stellar pictures from Castelo de Tavira, and then contemplate the long history of Old Town Faro.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tavira online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seville to Tavira by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Tavira due to the time zone difference. September in Tavira sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 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 inner history buff will appreciate Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Rossio Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Nazare (Praia do Norte & Praia da Nazare) and Sintra (Praia da ursa & Praia da Samarra). There's more to do: wander the streets of Alfama and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lisbon tour planning website.

Traveling by train from Tavira to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, stroll through Praia de Lavadores, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Homem do Leme, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Porto road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in September: high temperatures in Porto hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.