38 days in Iberia & Madrid Itinerary

38 days in Iberia & Madrid Itinerary

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38 days in Iberia & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Toulouse, France
Drive:  4​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Zaragoza, Spain
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Malaga, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
End: Barcelona, Spain

5
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Toulouse, France to Barcelona is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 6th (Fri), make a trip to El Tubo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra, examine the collection at Emoz, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zaragoza tour builder site .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Room Escape Games
Emoz ©
Emoz

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get your bearings at Museu Serralves, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Porto road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Zaragoza to Porto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

4
nights
Seville, Spain

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Cordoba (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get great views at Catedral de Sevilla, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March in Seville, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Ronda Dressage, take in the views from Puente Nuevo, learn about winemaking at Cortijo Los Aguilares, and stroll around Plaza Duquesa de Parcent.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ronda online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wineries Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

4
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Nerja (Fuente del Esparto & Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada route planning app .

You can drive from Ronda to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ronda in March, with highs in Granada at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nerja
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo ©
Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo

5
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Explore Malaga's surroundings by going to Adventure Rider Centre (in Mijas Pueblo), Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja, Balcon de Europa, & more) and Benalmadena (Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, Parque De La Paloma, & more). There's much more to do: get your game on at La Casa de las Habitaciones, admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Malaga online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Granada in March; daily highs in Malaga reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nerja, Benalmadena, Adventure Rider Centre
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga ©
Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by train from Malaga to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Malaga in April, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Explore Salamanca's surroundings by going to Monumento a Reina Juana I de Castilla (in Tordesillas) and Valladolid (Plaza Mayor de Valladolid, Iglesia de San Pablo, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja).

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salamanca trip planner .

Drive from Madrid to Salamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Salamanca, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Valladolid, Monumento a Reina Juana I de Castilla
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor