23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

23 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
— 4 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.
On the 11th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, enjoy the sand and surf at Plaja de Sant Sebastian, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona online travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Barcelona. In September, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Les Anquines and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de la Barra.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sitges online visit planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Sitges in 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 13th (Sun) 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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cala del Pebret y Russo Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Peniscola trip maker.

You can drive from Sitges to Peniscola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Peniscola, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow 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.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valencia day trip planner.

Getting from Peniscola to Valencia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz and then admire the verdant scenery at Guadalest Valley.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alicante trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Valencia to Alicante takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Alicante can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): wander the streets of 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 don't miss a visit to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Granada road trip planning tool.

Getting from Alicante to Granada by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Alicante in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Granada, with lows of 17°C. On the 18th (Fri), 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba and then wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cordoba trip planner.

You can take a train from Granada to Cordoba in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
On the next day, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Cordoba to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cordoba in September: highs in Seville hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
On the 22nd (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, kick back and relax at Praia do Barril, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Pedro Goncalves Telmo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabanas de Tavira Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours, take some stellar pictures from Castelo de Tavira, and then contemplate the long history of Old Town Faro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tavira trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Tavira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow 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.
Quinta da Regaleira and Rossio Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Praia da ursa and Praia do Norte. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Praia da Nazare (in Nazare) and Sintra (Praia da Samarra & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, take a stroll through Alfama, and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porto, Portugal

— 4 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.
Visit Mindelo Beach and Praia de Lavadores for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Capela das Almas. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, kick back and relax at Praia do Homem do Leme, and do a tasting at Taylor's Port.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in September, things will get a bit cooler in Porto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.