42 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

42 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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42 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Alicante, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Ye, Spain
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
5
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
8
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
14
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park and Plaza mayor de Chinchon. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Basilica de San Vicente (in Avila), Archaeological Park of Segóbriga (in Saelices) and Chorrera de Despanalagua (in Valverde de los Arroyos). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Alcantara Bridge, don't miss a visit to Calle Mayor, walk around El Capricho Park, and wander the streets of La Latina.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid online trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Madrid, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in Madrid: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Alicante.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toledo, Plaza mayor de Chinchon, Calle Mayor, Basilica de San Vicente, Chorrera de Despanalagua
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Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca
Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park ©
Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente

2
nights
Alicante, Spain

Alicante ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Explanada de Espana as well as Castillo de Santa Barbara. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Explanada de Espana, stop by Boutique 27, admire the striking features of Casa Carbonell, then make a trip to Oficina de Turismo Ayuntamiento de Alicante/ Tourist Info Alicante Town Hall, then don't miss a visit to Mt Benacantil, and finally play a few rounds at Font del Llop Golf Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Diputacion Provincial de Alicante, then explore the ancient world of Tossal de Manises (Lucentum), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Santa Faz Monastery, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodegas Bocopa.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Alicante trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Alicante takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Alicante, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Alicante

Historic Sites Golf Wineries
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2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de la Virgen. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Real monasterio de Santa Maria and BeachBol Valencia. Take a break from Valencia with a short trip to Museu Faller of Gandia in Gandia, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Valencia con Anna, excursions, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital, and snap pictures at Assut de l'Or Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia day trip website .

Traveling by car from Alicante to Valencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Valencia, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ye.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Museu Faller of Gandia
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen
Real monasterio de Santa Maria ©
Real monasterio de Santa Maria

1
night
Ye, Spain

Ye ©
You've now added Mirador Del Rio to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia del Caleton Blanco, then get great views at Mirador Del Rio, and then stop by Bodega Los Almacenes -YE.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ye trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Valencia to Ye. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Valencia in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Ye. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Ye

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia del Caleton Blanco, Mirador Del Rio
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Los Almacenes -YE ©
Bodega Los Almacenes -YE
Mirador Del Rio ©
Mirador Del Rio

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Explore hidden gems such as Episcopal Palace and Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares. When in Malaga, make a side trip to see Adventure Rider Centre in Mijas Pueblo, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires, admire the natural beauty at Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso, see the interesting displays at Malaga Aeronautical Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Malaga.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Malaga tour builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ye to Malaga. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ye to Malaga. Traveling from Ye in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Malaga. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Adventure Rider Centre
Highlights from your plan
Episcopal Palace ©
Episcopal Palace
Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares ©
Museum Jorge Rando ©
Museum Jorge Rando

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte and Mirador de San Cristobal. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Real Chancilleria, don't miss a visit to Cripta de Fray Leopoldo de Alpandeire, admire the landmark architecture of Alcazaba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary app .

Getting from Malaga to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla ©
Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla
Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte ©
Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte
Iglesia del Sagrario ©
Iglesia del Sagrario

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

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: walk around Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda, get interesting insight from Paddock Paradise Ronda, and learn about winemaking at Joaquin Fernandez Bodega.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ronda day trip planning app .

You can drive from Granada to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ronda are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Parks Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Paseo de Blas Infante ©
Paseo de Blas Infante
Mirador de los Viajeros Romanticos ©

3
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Barrio Santa Cruz has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Visites du Campo Bravo and Palacio de San Telmo. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla, make a trip to Ayuntamiento (City Hall), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Divin Sauveur, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia de la Magdalena.

Before you visit Seville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Capilla de San Jose ©
Capilla de San Jose
Palacio de San Telmo ©
Palacio de San Telmo

2
nights
Faro, Portugal

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Old Town Faro has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, admire the striking features of Arco da Vila Interpretative Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro, then don't miss a visit to Comur - Conserveira de Portugal, and finally don't miss a visit to Rua Dom Francisco Gomes. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Faro online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Seville to Faro in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Tours Historic Sites Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Praia do Camilo as well as Praia Da Rocha. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, stroll through Praia do Camilo, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural de Lagos, visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then get outside with Pro Putting Garden, and finally get outside with Praia do Pinhao. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Canavial, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Lagos.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lagos trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Lagos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Praia Da Rocha
Highlights from your plan
Pro Putting Garden ©
Pro Putting Garden
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castelo de Tomar and Santo Antonio de Lisboa. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora) (in Evora), Monte da Ravasqueira (in Arraiolos) and Parque de Monserrate (in Sintra). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), look for gifts at Mercado de Campo de Ourique, and buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Colombo.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lagos in May since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), Monte da Ravasqueira, Parque de Monserrate, Castelo de Tomar
Highlights from your plan
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Castelo de Tomar ©
Castelo de Tomar
Santo Antonio de Lisboa ©
Santo Antonio de Lisboa

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Igreja da Trindade and Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados. The adventure continues: make a trip to Muralha Fernandina, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Vitoria, examine the collection at Museu do Vinho do Porto, and brush up on your military savvy at Museu Militar Do Porto.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Porto trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Bilbao.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados ©
Igreja da Trindade ©
Igreja da Trindade
Muralha Fernandina ©
Muralha Fernandina

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nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Casco Viejo has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de Plentzia and Basilica of Begona. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get great views at El Balcon de Bizkaia, and take in the views from La Salve Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Bilbao takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Bilbao due to the time zone difference. In May in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Room Escape Games
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Playa de Plentzia ©
Playa de Plentzia
Iglesia de San Nicolas ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas

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nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parte Vieja. On the 23rd (Sat), snap pictures at Bridge of Maria Cristina, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monte Ulia. On your second day here, get your game on at Let's get Basque!, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Nuevo, wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then look for gifts at Ganbara, and finally get curious at Eureka! Zientzia Museoa.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eureka! Zientzia Museoa ©
Eureka! Zientzia Museoa
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Monte Ulia ©
Monte Ulia

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