9 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

9 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights


Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then wander the streets of Chiado, and then take a stroll through Alfama. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Carcavelos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then pick up some new kitchen skills with Time Out Market Lisboa.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lisbon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Lisbon. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Lisbon at 85°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, shop like a local with Passeig de Gracia, stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

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Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Pantheon. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Moai Beach in Passo Oscuro, approximately Passo Oscuro away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, wander the streets of Via Condotti, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

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.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.