11 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  6 h
2
Corralejo, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States


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1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 15th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Guell, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Palau Guell, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary tool .

Washington DC, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Corralejo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

2
nights
Corralejo, Spain

Corralejo ©
Surrounded by a series of white sand dunes, Corralejo is tiny enough to explore on foot or bicycle.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through Majanicho Beach, kick back and relax at El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural de Corralejo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Pirates and Dolls, take in the dramatic natural features at Corralejo Dunes, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Corralejo trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Barcelona to Corralejo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Barcelona to Corralejo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Corralejo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Corralejo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Majanicho Beach, El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons
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El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons ©
El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Natural de Corralejo ©
Parque Natural de Corralejo

1
day
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 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Sala el Potro.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Corralejo to Cordoba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Corralejo to Cordoba is 1 hour. When traveling from Corralejo in May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Algarve, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água.

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Drive from Cordoba to Lagos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cordoba in May, you will find days in Lagos are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are a bit warmer (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Algarve, Cape Saint Vincent
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Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade

1
night
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), do a tasting at Adega Ervideira, then make a trip to Centro Historico de Evora, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Evora tour builder tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lagos in May since evenings lows in Evora dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Adega Ervideira
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Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) ©
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, then wander the streets of Chiado, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then take a stroll through Rossio Square, and then take a stroll through Alfama.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Evora to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Alfama ©
Alfama

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