23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Alcazar de San Juan, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fatima, Portugal
Drive
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Cascais, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 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.
Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Carre d'Artistes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Barcelona holiday builder site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Barcelona, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect nights in Barcelona to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are much warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Vilafranca del Penedes.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain

— 1 night
Vilafranca del Penedès, or simply Vilafranca, is the capital of the comarca of the Alt Penedès in Catalonia, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): learn about winemaking at Can Bas Domini Vinicola, learn about winemaking at Cava Guilera, then learn about winemaking at MontRubi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from The Penedes from its highest bell tower: Basilica of Santa Maria.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilafranca del Penedes trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Barcelona to Vilafranca del Penedes in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Vilafranca del Penedes

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen, then contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Patacona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): browse the exhibits of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, and then see the interesting displays at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Valencia online route planner.

Traveling by car from Vilafranca del Penedes to Valencia takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Vilafranca del Penedes in September, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Puente de San Bernardo, then take in the exciting artwork at Un Gato en Bicicleta, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Calle Sierpes, view the masterpieces at Delimbo, 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.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

You can fly from Valencia to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Seville are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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 6th (Fri), wander the streets of Albayzin, take in the exciting artwork at Milenium Gallery, and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, shop like a local with Reez, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Granada. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Alcazar de San Juan.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Alcazar de San Juan, Spain

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Cervantino, examine the collection at Museo Del Humor Grafico Dulcinea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Antonio Abad, get to know the fascinating history of Sierra de los molinos, then don't miss a visit to Mulini a Vento, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Torreon Del Gran Prior. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Convento de San Francisco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa del Hidalgo, stop by Quijoteworld.com, then make a trip to Molinos de Viento, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Alcazar de San Juan visit planner.

You can drive from Granada to Alcazar de San Juan in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Granada in September, expect nights in Alcazar de San Juan to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Salamanca.

Things to do in Alcazar de San Juan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Salamanca, Spain

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 10th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Arribes del Duero. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Escuelas Menores, admire the landmark architecture of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), contemplate the long history of Plaza de Anaya, look for gifts at El Motin Del Te, then contemplate the long history of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Salamanca sightseeing planner.

Drive from Alcazar de San Juan to Salamanca in 4 hours. Traveling from Alcazar de San Juan in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Salamanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Fatima, Portugal

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at St. Andre Arte Sacra, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Valinhos Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fatima tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Fatima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salamanca to Fatima is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Salamanca in September since evenings lows in Fatima dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cascais.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Cascais, Portugal

— 1 night

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at 5th of October Square.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Cascais journey maker tool.

You can drive from Fatima to Cascais in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Cascais

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Lisbon, Portugal

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 13th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Getting from Cascais to Lisbon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. September in Lisbon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Porto, Portugal

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Porto Augusto's and Palacio da Bolsa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mercado Bom Sucesso and Quinta do Bomfim. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Parque Tematico Molinologico (in Oliveira de Azemeis), Praia da Costa Nova (in Gafanha da Encarnacao) and Forum Aveiro (in Aveiro). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Estuario do Douro, learn about winemaking at Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman, and pedal to the sights with Celanus-Empresa de Turismo, SA.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porto planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Shopping · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.