17 days in Spain, Lagos & Lisbon Itinerary

17 days in Spain, Lagos & Lisbon Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
2
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
3
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
4
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
5
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Palace of Catalan Music as well as Dali Theatre-Museum. The adventure continues: walk around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Rochester, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rochester in April; daily highs in Barcelona reach 66°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dali Theatre-Museum
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Museums · Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

1
night
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alhambra. On the 3rd (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, then wander the streets of Albayzin, then make a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Madrid to Granada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios

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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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

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

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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.
Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Albufeira (BAM Art Gallery, Hot Wheels Raceway, &more), Olhos de Agua ( Praia dos Olhos de Água & Falesia Beach) and Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, stroll through Praia Dona Ana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Anthony.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lagos online trip builder.

Getting from Seville to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lagos. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Church of St. Anthony
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Palacio de Monserrate). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in May, Lisbon is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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