20 days in Lisbon & Community of Madrid Itinerary

20 days in Lisbon & Community of Madrid Itinerary

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20 days in Lisbon & Community of Madrid Itinerary

Start: Lugano, Switzerland
Train + Fly:  7 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 11 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 8 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
End: Lugano, Switzerland

11
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Evora (Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro, &more) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, take a stroll through Alfama, admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon road trip website.

Lugano, Switzerland to Lisbon is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lugano in December, expect Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora
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The Best Portugal ©
The Best Portugal
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

8
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
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: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and have some family-friendly fun at EXIT Madrid.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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