44 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

44 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Benidorm, Spain
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Spain
— 3 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Tarifa, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Sangalhos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Vigo, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ribadeo, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museu Picasso, Barcelona Cathedral, Casa Batllo, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ciutat Vella and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Fundacio Antoni Tapies. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, take in the waterfront at Port Vell, stroll through Carretera de Les Aigues, and stop by Barri de La Ribera.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial and Museo Cerralbo. Prado National Museum and Casita de Infante are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de San Isidro.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online visit planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Pamplona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Pamplona, Spain

— 2 nights
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Your day by day itinerary now includes River Guru as well as Foz de Arbayun. On the 8th (Thu), shake up your sightseeing with River Guru and then take in breathtaking views at Foz de Arbayun. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pamplona, and then explore the galleries of Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pamplona trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Madrid to Pamplona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect Pamplona to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Salvador, explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, then step off the mainland to explore Santa Clara Island, and finally explore the world behind art at San Telmo Museoa. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Guipuzkoa, pause for some serene contemplation at Buen Pastor Cathedral, get great views at Monte Urgull, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Castillo de la Mota, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at La Perla Centro Talaso-Sport.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip maker site.

Getting from Pamplona to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pamplona in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in San Sebastian - Donostia. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Benidorm.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Benidorm, Spain

— 2 nights
A major seaside resort on the famous Costa Blanca, Benidorm was built compactly, thanks to the foresight of a local government administrator in the 1960s, who had a vision for a holiday destination that would grow upwards.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Peñón de Ifac Natural Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Vehiculos Historicos Valle De Guadalest, and then stroll through Guadalest Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at MARQ Museo Arqueologico de Alicante, examine the collection at Expo Dolls, and then see the interesting displays at Museo The Ocean Race.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Benidorm online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Benidorm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in September, expect Benidorm to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Benidorm

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartagena, Spain

— 3 nights
Visiting Isla del Fraile and Torre de Cabo Cope will get you outdoors. Castillo de la Concepcion and Museo Arqueologico de Guardamar will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Faro Cabo de palos (in Cabo de Palos) and Castell de Guardamar (in Guardamar del Segura).

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip website.

Drive from Benidorm to Cartagena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. September in Cartagena sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 3 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.
You've now added Alhambra to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Archive Saint John of God Museum and Casa de Castril. Visit Albayzin and Generalife for their historical value. Take a break from Granada with a short trip to Sierra Nevada Granada in Sierra Nevada National Park, about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip website.

Drive from Cartagena to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cartagena in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Granada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tarifa, Spain

— 2 nights

Wind Capital of Europe

As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Museo del Atun, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Las Playas de Canos de Meca. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Palmar and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia.

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

You can drive from Granada to Tarifa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in September since evenings lows in Tarifa dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Seville, Spain

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Casa de la Guitarra. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo del Baile Flamenco and Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Alcázar of Seville and Barrio Santa Cruz. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, make a trip to Torre del Oro, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Carruajes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Colegial del Salvador.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tarifa to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tarifa in September since evenings lows in Seville dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

Albufeira, Portugal

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Cerro da Vila, then kick back and relax at Praia dos Pescadores, and then take a tour by water with Dolphins Driven.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Albufeira trip planner.

You can drive from Seville to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Albufeira. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Faro, Portugal

— 2 nights

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 29th (Thu): see human ingenuity at work at Barragem da Bravura, then take an in-depth tour of Museu Municipal de Faro, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro. On the next day, examine the collection at Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve and then tour the water at your own pace with Formosamar.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Faro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Faro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Faro, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Faro

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trip

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 Belém Tower, National Coach Museum, Mona - Ideas Store, and other attractions you added. Quinta da Regaleira and Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Faro to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sangalhos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sangalhos, Portugal

— 3 nights
Appreciate the collections at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga and Alianca Underground Museum. Get outdoors at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach) and Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul. Change things up with a short trip to Se Catedral de Viseu in Viseu (about 1h 5 min away).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sangalhos visit site.

You can drive from Lisbon to Sangalhos in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vigo.

Things to do in Sangalhos

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vigo, Spain

— 2 nights
Vigo is a city and municipality in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, north-west Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Contemporanea, then grab your bike and head to Senda del Agua, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Paseo Fluvial del Rio Lagares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ladeira Beach and then take an in-depth tour of Villa Romana de Toralla.

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Drive from Sangalhos to Vigo in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. October in Vigo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Ribadeo.

Things to do in Vigo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Ribadeo, Spain

— 2 nights
Ribadeo is a municipality in the Spanish province of Lugo in Galicia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Martino de Mondonedo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Conjunto Etnografico de Teixois, then see the interesting displays at Museo Molinos Mazonovo, and finally examine the collection at Casa del Agua de Bres.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ribadeo journey maker.

Traveling by car from Vigo to Ribadeo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October in Ribadeo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ribadeo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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

4.2
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.