16 days in Portugal, Spain & South of France Itinerary

16 days in Portugal, Spain & South of France Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, thenlearn about all things military at Museum of National Republican Guard, thentake an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Belém Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Roque, and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon road trip app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Lisbon, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Lisbon at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Barrio de Salamanca are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Casco Historico de Toledo in Toledo (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: walk around Parque del Retiro, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and wander the streets of Gran Via.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Madrid road trip planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Casco Historico de Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Madrid to Seville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Seville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parc Guell and El Barri Gòtic. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, catch a live event at Camp Nou, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and ponder the design of The Magic Fountain.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip site.

You can fly from Seville to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Saint-Paul de Vence. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Croisette and Vieille Ville. Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Lérins Islands, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Armenienne Sainte-Marie de Nice, and explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planning app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Saint-Paul de Vence, Marineland
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

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