22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

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22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cleveland, United States
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Ronda, Spain
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Tarifa, Spain
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
8
Tangier, Morocco
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
11
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h 15 min
End: Cleveland, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museu Picasso as well as Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and finally don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

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

Cleveland, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in March, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcazar of Segovia and Catedral de Segovia. The Walls of Avila and Cathedral of Avila are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Segovia (Old City & Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros) and Avila (Basilica de San Vicente & Capilla de las Nieves). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, take a stroll through La Latina, get a taste of the local shopping with Cava Baja Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid online visit planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in March since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Segovia, Avila
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

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 10th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel Bajo, explore the world behind art at Monasterio de la Concepcion, get engrossed in the history at Archive Saint John of God Museum, contemplate the long history of Court of the Lions, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de los Aljibes, and finally contemplate the long history of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Court of the Lions ©
Court of the Lions
Monasterio de la Concepcion ©
Monasterio de la Concepcion
Plaza de los Aljibes ©
Plaza de los Aljibes

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Fundación Cueva de Nerja and Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio. Take a break from the city and head to Capistrano Playa and Río Chíllar. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach, kick back and relax at Papagayo Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, and browse for treasures at Nerja Book Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nerja trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Malaga to Nerja in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Malaga in March: high temperatures in Nerja hover around 62°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio
Highlights from your plan
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo ©
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo

2
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Malaga. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires, contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Revello de Toro Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Church (Sagrado Corazon).

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Malaga itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Ronda to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March in Malaga, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Malaga ©
Museo de Malaga
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano

1
day
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
You've now added El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, then explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, then contemplate the long history of Puerta de Almocabar, and finally ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda.

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Traveling by car from Granada to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Granada in March, with highs in Ronda at 68°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
Highlights from your plan
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro ©
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
Puerta de Almocabar ©
Puerta de Almocabar

2
nights
Tarifa, Spain

As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Punta Paloma, appreciate the history behind Puerta de Jerez, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Valdevaqueros, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento al General Copons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, kick back and relax at Playa Arroyo del Canuelo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Bolonia.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tarifa sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Tarifa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tarifa when traveling from Ronda in March, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Tangier.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Arroyo del Canuelo, Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia ©
Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia

few
hours
Tangier, Morocco

Tangier
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tangier online journey planner.

You can ride a ferry from Tarifa to Tangier in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tarifa to Tangier, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tarifa in March, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Tangier. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Seville.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours Outdoors Parks

5
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.
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de España and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Appreciate the collections at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and Hospital de los Venerables. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seville: Castillo y ruinas de Dona Blanca (in El Puerto de Santa Maria) and Jerez De La Frontera (Palacio del Virrey Laserna, Bodegas Luis Perez, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Jose, see the interesting displays at Museo de Carruajes, and catch a live event at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seville travel planner.

Fly from Tangier to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tangier to Seville due to the time zone difference. March in Seville sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Jerez De La Frontera, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, Castillo y ruinas de Dona Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Igreja de Sao Roque will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela Das Aparicoes and Basilica da Santissima Trindade. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Fatima (Wax Museum of Fátima & Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Alfama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker app .

Cleveland, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cleveland to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Cleveland in March: highs in Lisbon hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Capela Das Aparicoes ©
Capela Das Aparicoes
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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day
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn about all things military at Museu do Ar - Sintra, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinta da Regaleira, and finally kick back and relax at Praia da Adraga.

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Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In March in Sintra, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Praia da Adraga
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace
Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga

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