26 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

26 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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26 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  19​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Santiago, Chile


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3
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona tour builder site .

Santiago, Chile to Barcelona is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Central European Time is 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Camino de Ronda, Vila Vella (Old Town), Scuba & Snorkeling
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

1
night
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at City of the Arts and Sciences. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Natural del Montgó and then kick back and relax at Arenal Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Valencia journey maker .

Getting from Barcelona to Valencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in May: highs in Valencia hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Javea
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Arenal Beach ©
Arenal Beach
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Albayzin, Palace of Carlos V, Sacromonte, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mirador de San Nicolas and Monasterio Cartuja. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Granada online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Valencia to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Granada are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, view the masterpieces at Delimbo, then view the masterpieces at DIWAP Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Un Gato en Bicicleta, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then stop by Productos de la Sierra, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Seville travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

4
nights
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.
Wildwatch Algarve has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Cape Saint Vincent and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Praia Dona Ana and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua) and Praia do Peneco (in Albufeira). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio), and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lagos day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Granada to Lagos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lagos when traveling from Granada in May, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Albufeira, Cape Saint Vincent, Wildwatch Algarve
Highlights from your plan
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

2
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Observatorio do Lago Alqueva as well as Monsaraz Castle and Walls. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, then explore the ancient world of Almendres Cromlech, then step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, and finally see the sky in a new way at Observatorio do Lago Alqueva.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Evora trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Evora, with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Monsaraz
Highlights from your plan
Monsaraz Castle and Walls ©
Monsaraz Castle and Walls
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

2
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 Park and National Palace of Pena. You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and National Tile Museum. Get some historical perspective at Jeronimos Monastery and Castelo de S. Jorge. It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Alfama and ponder the design of Rossio Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clerigos Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, and finally contemplate the long history of Largo da Oliveira. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lisbon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Largo da Oliveira
Highlights from your plan
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
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 Barrio de Las Letras as well as Diseno Propio. Artesania.. Explore hidden gems such as Alcazar de Segovia and Catedral de Segovia. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes & Casco Historico de Toledo). There's more to do: walk around Retiro Park and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Madrid journey site .

You can fly from Porto to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Madrid due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Porto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at CosmoCaixa Barcelona and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Parc de Montjuic ©
Parc de Montjuic
Passeig de Gracia ©
Passeig de Gracia

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