23 days in Portugal, Italy & Spain Itinerary

23 days in Portugal, Italy & Spain Itinerary

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23 days in Portugal, Italy & Spain Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos, Portugal
— Few hours
train:  30​min
3
Carvoeiro, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
ferry:  10​h
7
Mahon, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
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 Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira and Time Out Market Lisboa. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip planner.

Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Lisbon is 5 hours. In July in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 63°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Classes Parks

Side Trip

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

few
hours
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
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.
You've now added Praia da Batata to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta Da Piedale, then kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, and then head outdoors with Praia da Batata.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lagos route tool .

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Carvoeiro.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia da Batata ©
Praia da Batata

3
nights
Carvoeiro, Portugal

Carvoeiro ©
Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Carvoeiro Boardwalk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Algar Seco.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Carvoeiro trip itinerary maker app .

Carvoeiro is very close to Lagos. In July, daily temperatures in Carvoeiro can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Seville.

Things to do in Carvoeiro

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taruga Benagil Tours, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Taruga Benagil Tours ©
Taruga Benagil Tours
Algar Seco ©
Algar Seco

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Alcázar of Seville, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza and Puente Nuevo. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Carvoeiro to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Carvoeiro in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Seville, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puente Nuevo
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Palace of Madrid, Palacio De Cristal and Puerta de Alcala. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Puerta del Sol, don't miss a visit to Puerta de Alcala, then admire the striking features of Palacio De Cristal, and finally walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Madrid are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 The Magic Fountain, Playa de La Barceloneta, Ciutadella Park, and other attractions you added. Kids will enjoy Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip website .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mahon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

3
nights
Mahon, Spain

Mahon
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cala De La Macarelleta, Cala Macarella, Cala Galdana, and other attractions.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mahon trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Mahon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Mahon, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Mahon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Menorca, Cala Turqueta, Cala Galdana
Highlights from your plan
Cala Turqueta
Cala Turqueta
Cala De La Macarelleta ©
Cala De La Macarelleta
Cala Galdana ©
Cala Galdana

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by flight from Mahon to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You'll set off for Rome on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Venice

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Ponte di Rialto ©
Ponte di Rialto

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Altare Della Patria as well as Spanish Steps. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and then appreciate the history behind Altare Della Patria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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