38 days in Cardiff, Portsmouth & Marbella Itinerary

38 days in Cardiff, Portsmouth & Marbella Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 15 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 10 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Marbella, Spain
— 11 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Barcelona, Spain

15
nights
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Get out of town with these interesting Cardiff side-trips: Brunel's SS Great Britain (in Bristol), Bath (Bath Botanical Gin Distillery, Manvers Street Baptist Church, &more) and Gloucester (Llanthony Secunda Priory, Gloucestershire Archives, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle, get your game on at Cotswold Archery, examine the collection at St Fagans National Museum of History, and identify plant and animal life at Greystones Farm.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cardiff trip builder.

Barcelona, Spain to Cardiff is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in February; daily highs in Cardiff reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stroud
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Cardiff Castle ©
Cardiff Castle
St Fagans National Museum of History ©
St Fagans National Museum of History

10
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Venture out of the city with trips to Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Wilton House (in Wilton) and Salisbury (Old Sarum & Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Winchester Cathedral, examine the collection at Combe Mill, and kick back and relax at Bournemouth Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Portsmouth trip planner.

Getting from Cardiff to Portsmouth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marbella.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Winchester, Oxford, Bournemouth, Burford, Salisbury
Highlights from your plan
The Race Hut Berkshire ©
The Race Hut Berkshire
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The Mary Rose ©
The Mary Rose

11
nights
Marbella, Spain

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marbella: Nerja (Detunda Botanical Garden, Fundación Cueva de Nerja, &more), Ronda (Jardines de Cuenca, El Tajo de Ronda, &more) and Malaga (Puerto de Málaga, Alcazaba, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Marbella Old Town, have fun at Intooit Kids Play Club, get interesting insight from Dust Devils, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida del Mar.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marbella day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Portsmouth to Marbella in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Portsmouth in March; daily highs in Marbella reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ronda, Malaga, Nerja, Fuengirola, Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña
Highlights from your plan
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

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