43 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

43 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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43 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Zaragoza, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Puerto Del Carmen, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Albufeira, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
10
Ciutadella, Spain
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Ibiza Town, Spain
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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3
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.
El Barri Gòtic and Ciutat Vella will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vila Vella (Old Town) and Aigua Xelida. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Fenals Beach in Lloret de Mar, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and stroll through Park Guell.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In June, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Platja Port Bo, Fenals Beach, Vila Vella (Old Town), Aigua Xelida
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Monasterio de Piedra and Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and Palacio de la Aljaferia. Explore Zaragoza's surroundings by going to Iglesia de San Felix (in Torralba de Ribota), Bodegas San Alejandro (in Miedes de Aragon) and Palacio de los Condes de Bureta (in Bureta). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Loarre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zaragoza trip planner .

Take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in June: highs in Zaragoza hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Palacio de los Condes de Bureta, Castle Of Loarre, River Rafting & Tubing, Bodegas San Alejandro, Iglesia de San Felix
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. You'll explore and learn at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes & Catedral Primada). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), explore and take pictures at Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Zaragoza to Madrid by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Madrid sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Del Carmen.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©

4
nights
Puerto Del Carmen, Spain

Puerto Del Carmen ©
One of the most lively and visited areas in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote’s largest city, Puerto del Carmen, is well-known for its vibrant nightlife and high concentration of bars and pubs.
You'll explore and learn at Fundacion Cesar Manrique and Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa del papagayo. Explore Puerto Del Carmen's surroundings by going to Playa Blanca (Playa Blanca Beach & Playa Dorada Beach) and Playa Montana Amarilla (in Isla de Graciosa). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de los Verdes, take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Rio, explore the striking landscape at Los Hervideros, and kick back and relax at Barlovento Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Del Carmen online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Madrid to Puerto Del Carmen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Puerto Del Carmen. Traveling from Madrid in June, you will find days in Puerto Del Carmen are little chillier (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Puerto Del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, Barlovento Beach, Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique, Jardin de Cactus
Highlights from your plan
Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique ©
Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique
Papagayo Beach ©
Papagayo Beach
Fundacion Cesar Manrique ©
Fundacion Cesar Manrique

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), take a stroll through Sacromonte, appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Royal Chapel, and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Granada planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Puerto Del Carmen to Granada takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Del Carmen to Granada is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Del Carmen in June, expect nights in Granada to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios

2
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Perez Barquero Winery, make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, then get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra.

Plan trip to Cordoba with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Granada to Cordoba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Perez Barquero
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Palacio de Viana ©
Palacio de Viana

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Barrio Santa Cruz and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Del Parador and Iglesia Colegial del Salvador. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Casa de Pilatos, appreciate the history behind Seville Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana.

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

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in June, plan for little chillier days in Seville, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Playa Del Parador
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

4
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia dos Olhos de Água and Praia do Camilo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia marinha and Praia Da Rocha. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Vale de Covo Beach (in Carvoeiro) and Lagos (Meia Praia & Praia Dona Ana). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falesia Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Peneco.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Albufeira travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Seville to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seville to Albufeira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Albufeira, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Praia Da Rocha, Vale de Covo Beach, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Capela dos Ossos and Praia da Aberta Nova. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castelo de S. Jorge and Jeronimos Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (in Fatima), Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Convento de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (in Evora). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Belém Tower, shop like a local with Chiado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Melides, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Albufeira to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albufeira in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Ciutadella.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Evora, Praia de Melides, Praia da Aberta Nova, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Convent of Christ
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

3
nights
Ciutadella, Spain

Ciutadella ©
Explore hidden gems such as Playas de Cavelleria and Cala Turqueta. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cala Pregonda and Cala Tortuga. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ciutadella: Cala'n Porter Beach (in Mahon), Playa de Son Bou (in Alaior) and Playa De Binigaus (in Migjorn Gran). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Macarelleta, examine the collection at Museo Diocesa de Menorca, and kick back and relax at Cala Binidali.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ciutadella tour itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lisbon to Ciutadella in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ciutadella, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Ciutadella

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Menorca, Alaior, Playa De Binigaus
Highlights from your plan
Cala Pregonda ©
Cala Pregonda
Playa de Son Bou ©
Playa de Son Bou
Cala Turqueta
Cala Turqueta

7
nights
Ibiza Town, Spain

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Get outdoors at Cala Lena and Cala Bassa. Get some historical perspective at Castle of Ibiza and Puig de Missa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ibiza Town: Cala de Sant Vicent (in Sant Vicent de sa Cala), Playa Cala Vadella (in Sant Josep de Sa Talaia) and Formentera (La Mola Lighthouse & Playa de Llevant). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de ses Salines, take a stroll through Dalt Vila, stroll through Playa Cala Salada, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ibiza Town trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ciutadella to Ibiza Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Formentera, Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, San Carlos, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Puig de Missa
Highlights from your plan
Cala Comte ©
Cala Comte
Playa de Llevant ©
Playa de Llevant
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa

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