31 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

31 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 3 nights
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Alicante, Spain
— 2 nights
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Almeria, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Santander, Spain
— 2 nights
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Logrono, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palma de Mallorca: Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro), Platja d'es Trenc (in Campos) and Cuevas del Drach (in Porto Cristo). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, meet the residents at Palma Aquarium, look for gifts at Tara's, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Alcudia.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palma de Mallorca travel itinerary planner.

Madrid to Palma de Mallorca is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Palma de Mallorca to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Alicante.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Alicante, Spain

— 2 nights

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.
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa de San Juan, kick back and relax at Playa de Levante, and then take a stroll through El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Explanada de Espana, then make a trip to Misteri D'Elx, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Santa Barbara.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Alicante itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Alicante in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and tram. In August, daytime highs in Alicante are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Almeria.

Things to do in Alicante

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Almeria, Spain

— 1 night
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte21 Almeria, and then admire the majestic nature at Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Almeria vacation planning site.

You can drive from Alicante to Almeria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Almeria are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Almeria

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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 4th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Generalife, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel Bajo, then look for gifts at La Talega, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, get great views at Mirador de Los Carvajales, and then contemplate the long history of Alhambra.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Almeria to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Granada when traveling from Almeria in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 6th (Mon), wander the streets of La Carihuela, take in the waterfront activity at Puerto Marina Benalmadena, and then examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Puerto de Málaga, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Malaga online travel planner.

Getting from Granada to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Malaga, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ronda, Spain

— 1 night

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 8th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, then explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, then snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and finally wander the streets of Old City.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find out how to plan a trip to Seville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites

Lagos, Portugal

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Carvoeiro Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, stay fit while traveling at Sabai Thai Massage Praia da Rocha, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip tool.

Getting from Seville to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lagos due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Lagos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Faro, Portugal

— 1 night

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura and then head off the coast to Tavira Island. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Aquashow Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Faro tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lagos to Faro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Faro

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Porto, Portugal

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Livraria Lello, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto online journey planner.

You can fly from Faro to Porto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Faro in September, expect Porto to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Palacio de Raxoi, make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, then don't miss a visit to Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, and finally don't miss a visit to Botafumeiro. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Praza da Quintana de Vivos, then don't miss a visit to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, then admire the striking features of Monasterio de San Martin Pinario, and finally stroll around Parque de la Alameda.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela route builder site.

Drive from Porto to Santiago de Compostela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites · Parks

Santander, Spain

— 2 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Parque Guell y Martos, admire the striking features of El Capricho de Gaudi, then visit Plaza Mayor de Ramon y Pelayo, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Altamira, and finally don't miss a visit to Laberinto de Villapresente. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Santander trip planner.

Getting from Santiago de Compostela to Santander by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September in Santander, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Logrono.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Logrono, Spain

— 1 night
Logroño is a city in northern Spain, on the Ebro River. On the 20th (Mon), make a trip to Calle del Laurel, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Tritium.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Logrono online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santander to Logrono in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santander in September, expect nights in Logrono to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Logrono

Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a stroll through Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona holiday planner.

Take a train from Logrono to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Logrono in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Valencia, Spain

— 1 night

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 23rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally ponder the design of Fuente del Tribunal De Aguas/del Turia.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Valencia trip site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Valencia are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid holiday maker site.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in September, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.

Galicia travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Still largely untouched by international tourism, Galicia offers outstanding seafood and a strong connection to the ancient Celts. Steeped in history, Galicia often feels far removed from the rest of the country, tracing its cultural ancestry to these Northern tribes, who began settling in the area about 3,000 years ago. Celtic traits remained ingrained in everyday life even during the period the region was part of the Roman Empire. Fiercely independent, Galicians take great pride in their cultural heritage and architecture, and well-preserved World Heritage Sites and other attractions are readily found in the region’s towns and villages. Its varied landscapes include spectacular sea views and rugged mountains.

La Rioja travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
La Rioja is an autonomous community and a province in Spain, located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. Its capital is Logroño. Other cities and towns in the province include Calahorra, Arnedo, Alfaro, Haro, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and Nájera. It has an estimated population of 322,415 inhabitants (INE 2010).It covers part of the Ebro valley towards its north and the Iberian Range in the south. The community is a single province, so there is no County Council, and it is organized into 174 municipalities. It borders the Basque Country (province of Álava) to the north, Navarre to the northeast, Aragón to the southeast (province of Zaragoza), and Castilla y León to the west and south (provinces of Burgos and Soria).The area was once occupied by pre-Roman Berones, Pellendones and Basques. After partial recapture from the Muslims in the early tenth century, the region became part of the Kingdom of Pamplona, later being incorporated into Castile after a century and a half of disputes. From the eighteenth century the Rioja region remained divided between the provinces of Burgos and Soria, until in 1833 the province of Logroño was created, changing the name of the province to La Rioja in 1980 as a prelude to its constitution under a single provincial autonomous community in 1982. The name "Rioja" (from Río Oja) is first attested in 1099.

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