20 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

20 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

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20 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza, Brazil
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Fortaleza, Brazil

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia are in your itinerary. Head to Passeig de Gracia and Papabubblefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta, browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and stroll through Park Guell.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

Fortaleza, Brazil to Barcelona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET) is 4 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Fortaleza in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

4
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Get some cultural insight at Caves of Drach and Serra de Tramuntana. Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Muro and Jungle Parc Junior Bedinat. Go for a jaunt from Palma de Mallorca to Port d'Alcudia to see Alcudia Old Town about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, see the interesting displays at Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani - Fundacion Juan March, don't miss a visit to Passeig des Born, and stop by Es Verol.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Palma de Mallorca trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Palma de Mallorca can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Serra de Tramuntana, Jungle Parc Junior, Alcudia Old Town, Cuevas del Drach, Playa de Muro
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Cuevas del Drach ©
Cuevas del Drach
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca
Alcudia Old Town ©
Alcudia Old Town

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Head to Mercado San Miguel and Gran Viafor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Puerta de Bisagra, Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), take a stroll through Malasana, look for gifts at El Arco Artesania, and get to know the fascinating history of Barrio de Salamanca.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Palma de Mallorca in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Shop till you drop at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Square. Take a break from the city and head to Rent a Boat and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Park and National Palace of Pena (in Sintra) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, take a tour by water with Nosso Tejo, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Park and National Palace of Pena
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

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