12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  31​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States


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2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Cabo da Roca. Head to Rua Augusta and Rossio Squarefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Baleal Beach (in Peniche). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip builder tool .

Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Lisbon is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in May: highs in Lisbon hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Batalha Monastery, Cabo da Roca, Baleal Beach, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Baleal Beach
Baleal Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo, then admire the masterpieces at Las Duenas, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seville holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. May in Seville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Barrio de Salamanca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Casco Historico de Toledo and Alcazar de Segovia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno) and MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo (in Toledo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Madrid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Toledo, Playa del Alberche, Alcazar de Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

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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 23rd (Sat), stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally savor the flavors at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at En construccio, then wander the streets of El Born, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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