23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Montevideo, Uruguay
Fly:  16 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Montevideo, Uruguay


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5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid travel planner.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Montevideo to Madrid. Traveling from Montevideo in September, expect Madrid to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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

2
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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 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Plaza de Espana, explore the historical opulence of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa de Pilatos. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol, look for gifts at Zaguán 24, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, and finally admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seville itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

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

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Paseo de los Tristes, then admire the striking features of Generalife, and then admire the striking features of Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Delengua, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, then make a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Picasso Museum, don't miss a visit to Casa Milà, and enjoy some music at Magic Fountain (Font Magica).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Granada in September, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Dedicate the 22nd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clerigos Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Porto sightseeing planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Porto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and admire the landmark architecture of Jeronimos Monastery.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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