23 days in Ireland, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

23 days in Ireland, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Basel, Switzerland
Train + Fly:  6​h
1
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Strasbourg, France

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
You've now added Kinsale Heritage Walks to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Kinsale Heritage Walks, steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cork itinerary planner.

Basel, Switzerland to Cork is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Basel to Cork, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Basel in August, things will get a bit cooler in Cork: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Heritage Walks ©
Kinsale Heritage Walks

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle. Visit Jerpoint Abbey and Hook Lighthouse for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Rock of Cashel (in Cashel), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Loftus Hall (in Hook Head). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rothe House and Garden, and examine the collection at Reginald's Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kilkenny itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Loftus Hall, Rock of Cashel, Hook Lighthouse, Reginald's Tower
Highlights from your plan
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Visit Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle for their historical value. Relax by the water at Portmarnock Beach and Seapoint Beach. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, wander the streets of Temple Bar, ponder the world of politics at General Post Office (GPO), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Dublin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

2
nights
Faro, Portugal

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
On the 24th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach and then kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Castelo de Silves and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Faro trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dublin to Faro. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in August; daily highs in Faro reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Faro

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Castelo de Silves, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Castelo de Silves ©
Castelo de Silves

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Quinta da Regaleira and Belém Tower. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Carmo Convent. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Faro to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

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

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) and Plaza De Toros De La Maestranza. Visit Royal Alcázar of Seville and Iglesia Colegial del Salvador for their historical value. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Espana, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa de Pilatos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville travel planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: highs in Seville hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
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 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and then admire the striking features of Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, then don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba, then take in the views from Roman Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Seville to Cordoba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in September, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Royal Chapel (Capilla Real), then steep yourself in history at Generalife, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa de Burriana, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Granada vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Cordoba to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cordoba in September; daily highs in Granada reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Burriana Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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