17 days in Spain, Lagos & Lisbon Itinerary

17 days in Spain, Lagos & Lisbon Itinerary

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17 days in Spain, Lagos & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Rochester, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Rochester, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palace of Catalan Music as well as Dali Theatre-Museum. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .

Rochester, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rochester to Barcelona is 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rochester in April: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 66°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
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.
You've now added Alhambra to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, take a stroll through Albayzin, then make a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Granada online day trip planner .

Getting from Madrid to Granada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Granada sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can 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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip site .

Getting from Granada to Seville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can 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

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia), Olhos de Agua ( Praia dos Olhos de Água & Falesia Beach) and Albufeira (BAM Art Gallery, Hot Wheels Raceway, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, stroll through Praia Dona Ana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio), and stop by Bolodoce & Cafe.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lagos online visit planner .

You can drive from Seville to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Albufeira
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Palacio de Monserrate). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lagos in May since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama

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