22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

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1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
4
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
5
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
6
Ronda, Spain
— 1 day
7
Tarifa, Spain
— 2 nights
8
Tangier, Morocco
— Few hours
9
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
11
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 day

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museu Picasso as well as Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, thentake an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and finally steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, thenadmire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Barcelona journey planner.

Cleveland, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in March, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
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Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona ©
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alcazar of Segovia and Cathedral of Avila. Visit The Walls of Avila and Capilla de las Nieves for their historical value. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Basilica de San Vicente (in Avila) and Segovia (Old City, Catedral de Segovia, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, stop by La Latina, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Madrid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia
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Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel Bajo, explore the world behind art at Monasterio de la Concepcion, contemplate the long history of Archive Saint John of God Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Court of the Lions, thenget to know the fascinating history of Plaza de los Aljibes, and finally contemplate the long history of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

Before you visit Granada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Granada can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums
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Court of the Lions ©
Court of the Lions
Plaza de los Aljibes ©
Plaza de los Aljibes
Monasterio de la Concepcion ©
Monasterio de la Concepcion

2
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 11th (Wed), stroll through Papagayo Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, and finally don't miss a visit to Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Capistrano Playa, and finally stroll through Playa de la Cala el Canuelo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nerja day trip website.

You can drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nerja are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Río Chíllar ©
Río Chíllar

2
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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, thendelve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Malaga. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires, pause for some serene contemplation at Malaga Cathedral, thenexamine the collection at Revello de Toro Museum, thenexplore the galleries of Alcazaba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Church (Sagrado Corazon).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga trip planner.

You can drive from Nerja to Malaga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nerja in March: high temperatures in Malaga hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites
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Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

1
day
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
You've now added El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro, thenget great views at Mirador de Aldehuela, thentake in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally steep yourself in history at Puerta de Almocabar.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ronda trip website.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Ronda

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro ©
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
Puerta de Almocabar ©
Puerta de Almocabar

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Tarifa, Spain

As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Paloma, pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Jerez, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Valdevaqueros, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento al General Copons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, thenstroll through Playa Arroyo del Canuelo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Bolonia.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tarifa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Tarifa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ronda in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tarifa, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Tangier.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Arroyo del Canuelo, Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia ©
Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia

few
hours
Tangier, Morocco

Tangier
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tangier route planning site.

Getting from Tarifa to Tangier by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tarifa to Tangier due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tarifa in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Tangier, with lows around °F. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel to Seville.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours Outdoors Parks
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5
nights
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.
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba has been added to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de España and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Catedral de Sevilla. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seville: Castillo y ruinas de Dona Blanca (in El Puerto de Santa Maria) and Jerez De La Frontera (Palacio del Virrey Laserna, Bodegas Luis Perez, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, examine the collection at Museo de Carruajes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena, and steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seville road trip planning app.

You can fly from Tangier to Seville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tangier to Seville is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Jerez De La Frontera, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Castillo y ruinas de Dona Blanca, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Alfama, thenmake a trip to Belém Tower, and then explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Wax Museum of Fátima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Lisbon journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Lisbon are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Fatima
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Capela Das Aparicoes ©
Capela Das Aparicoes
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Museu do Ar - Sintra, admire the landmark architecture of Sintra National Palace, thenstep into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally kick back and relax at Praia da Adraga.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sintra online trip itinerary builder.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia da Adraga
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace
Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga

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