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:  5​h 30​min
4
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip builder tool .

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 (CLT) to Central European Time (CET) is 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Vila Vella (Old Town), Camino de Ronda
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

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), pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at City of the Arts and Sciences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Parc Natural del Montgó and then kick back and relax at Arenal Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Valencia trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Valencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Valencia: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Childrens Museums 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.
You've added Albayzin, Walk in Granada Tours, Palace of Carlos V, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mirador de San Nicolas and Monasterio Cartuja. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Generalife.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Granada holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Valencia to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Granada sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lagos.

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

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.
You've now added Wildwatch Algarve to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia Dona Ana and Falesia Beach. Popular historic sites such as Cape Saint Vincent and Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio) are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Albufeira (Praia do Peneco & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lagos travel route planner .

You can drive from Granada to Lagos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Granada to Lagos due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in May since evenings lows in Lagos dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Albufeira, Cape Saint Vincent, Wildwatch Algarve
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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. On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, delve into the distant past at Almendres Cromlech, then explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, and finally see the sky in a new way at Observatorio do Lago Alqueva.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Evora trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in May, Evora is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Monsaraz
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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 cultural insight at Jeronimos Monastery and Castelo de S. Jorge. There's more to do: take a stroll through Alfama and get a taste of the local shopping with Rossio Square.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lisbon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) 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, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, enjoy breathtaking views from Clerigos Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Porto road trip website .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lisbon in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Largo da Oliveira
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

4
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.. Museum-lovers will get to explore Alcazar de Segovia and Prado National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace of Madrid and Casco Historico de Toledo. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia) and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes (in Toledo). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Retiro Park and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Madrid road trip planner.

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. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo
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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

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
On your second day here, see the interesting displays at CosmoCaixa Barcelona and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
CosmoCaixa Barcelona ©
CosmoCaixa Barcelona
Parc de Montjuic ©
Parc de Montjuic
Scuba & Snorkeling

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