17 days in Madrid, Porto & Barcelona Itinerary

17 days in Madrid, Porto & Barcelona Itinerary

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17 days in Madrid, Porto & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Chicago, United States

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia capture your imagination. Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Segovia (Acueduct of Segovia, Alcazar de Segovia, & more) and Toledo (Catedral Primada, Museo de Santa Cruz, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Madrid tour app .

Chicago, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in November, with highs in Madrid at 59°F and lows at 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

7
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Museu Serralves and Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Batalha (Capelas Imperfeitas & Batalha Monastery), Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Museu Monografico de Conimbriga (in Condeixa-a-Nova). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and take in the exciting artwork at Belomonte 20.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip maker site .

Fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Porto is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Porto when traveling from Madrid in November, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Coimbra, Braga, Guimaraes, Batalha, Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona road trip app .

You can fly from Porto to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. November in Barcelona sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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