23 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

23 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

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23 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Portland, United States


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4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parc Guell and Casa Batllo. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Portland, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Portland in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. Your inner history buff will appreciate Quinta da Regaleira and Basilica da Estrela. Change things up with a short trip to Praia da Nazare in Nazare (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and take a spin around town with Portugal Bike.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Lisbon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Portugal Bike, Praia da Nazare, Quinta da Regaleira
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de España and Barrio Santa Cruz. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Alcázar of Seville and Catedral de Sevilla. Step out of Seville with an excursion to Parque Nacional de Donana in Huelva--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, and stroll around Parque de Maria Luisa.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Seville trip tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gibraltar.

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

2
nights
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through The Rock of Gibraltar, enjoy the sand and surf at Catalan Bay, and then Head underground at St. Michael's Cave. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point, then steep yourself in history at The Great Siege Tunnels, then don't miss a visit to Apes Den, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grand Casemates Square.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gibraltar trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Seville to Gibraltar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Catalan Bay ©
Catalan Bay
The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave

2
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 15th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Generalife, contemplate the long history of Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada planner .

Traveling by car from Gibraltar to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Gibraltar in September, plan for little chillier nights in Granada, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Generalife ©
Generalife

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get outdoors at Faunia and Playa del Alberche. Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande for their historical value. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lope de Vega Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and admire the striking features of Templo de Debod.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner .

Getting from Granada to Madrid by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Madrid sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa del Alberche
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Nova Mar Bella Beach.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona route builder .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Nova Mar Bella Beach ©
Nova Mar Bella Beach
Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional ©
Montjuic Castle ©
Montjuic Castle

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