16 days in Portugal, Spain & South of France Itinerary

16 days in Portugal, Spain & South of France Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal, Spain & South of France Itinerary

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
train:  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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of National Republican Guard, then take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally wander the streets of Belém Tower. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, steep yourself in history at Jeronimos Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Igreja de Sao Roque, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon route builder app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Lisbon is minus 4 hours. In May, Lisbon is colder than Dubai - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Plaza Mayor and Barrio de Salamanca are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Toledo to see Casco Historico de Toledo about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, wander the streets of Gran Via, and stroll around Retiro Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Casco Historico de Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
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): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, Seville is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to 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.
El Barri Gòtic and Casa Mila - La Pedrera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Casa Batllo and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seville in May: highs in Barcelona hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris. Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Marineland, Saint-Paul de Vence, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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