26 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

26 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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26 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Aveiro, Portugal
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
4
Coimbra, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Caceres, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
7
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
El Rompido, Spain
— 9 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
11
Evora, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Alcazar de Segovia and Museum Sorolla capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Segovia and Gran Via. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: La Mujer Muerta (in Navas de Riofrio) and La Hiruela (Ruta los Oficios de la Vida & Ruta de Molino a Molino). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Estacion de Atocha.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip generator.

Manchester, UK to Madrid is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: highs in Madrid hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

La Hiruela, Segovia, La Mujer Muerta
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La Mujer Muerta ©
La Mujer Muerta
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia

2
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.
On the 10th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Porto Calem and then do a tasting at Sandeman Porto. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matosinhos Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip generator.

Getting from Madrid to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Aveiro.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Se de Braga, Matosinhos Beach, O Navio Gil Eannes, Paco dos Duques de Braganca
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River Rafting & Tubing
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes

few
hours
Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aveiro trip planner.

Aveiro is very close to Porto. In October, daytime highs in Aveiro are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off toCoimbra.

Things to do in Aveiro

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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2
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Cience Museum, contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and finally examine the collection at Nucleo Museologico do Sal.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Coimbra vacation planner.

Coimbra is just a stone's throw from Aveiro. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Caceres.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nucleo Museologico do Sal
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Sala dos Capelos ©
Sala dos Capelos
Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Olivais ©
Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Olivais

2
nights
Caceres, Spain

Caceres ©
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Church-Procathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Vostell Malpartida, examine the collection at Casa Museo Arabe de Caceres Yussuf al Burch, then admire the masterpieces at Palace de los Golfines de Abajo, then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Carvajal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Caceres tour planner.

Drive from Coimbra to Caceres in 4 hours. Traveling from Coimbra to Caceres, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Vostell Malpartida, Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor
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Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor ©
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor
Pro-Cathedral Church Of Santa Maria ©
Museo Vostell Malpartida ©
Museo Vostell Malpartida

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico, examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas, then contemplate the long history of La Casa Andalusí, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita de Los Andaluces, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Julio Romero De Torres.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cordoba travel planner.

You can drive from Caceres to Cordoba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Arqueologico de Cordoba ©
Museo Arqueologico de Cordoba
Museo de Julio Romero de Torres ©
Museo de Julio Romero de Torres
Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hospital los Venerables, identify plant and animal life at Parque del Alamillo, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and finally steep yourself in history at Museo de la Condesa de Lebrija.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seville itinerary planner.

Take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to El Rompido.

Things to do in Seville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Archaeological Ensemble of Italica ©
Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija ©
Hospital de los Venerables ©
Hospital de los Venerables

9
nights
El Rompido, Spain

El Rompido ©
Visit La Rabida Monastery and Castillo de Niebla for their historical value. Cortegana Castle and Casa Museo Zenobia Y Juan Ramón Jiménez are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore El Rompido's surroundings by going to Dolmen de Soto (in Trigueros), Huelva (Casa Colon, Palos de la Frontera, & more) and Zipline (in Sanlucar de Guadiana).

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Rompido trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to El Rompido takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ronda.

Things to do in El Rompido

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Huelva, Moguer, Isla Cristina, Club De Golf El Rompido, Parroquia De San Juan Bautista
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La Rabida Monastery ©
La Rabida Monastery
Muelle de las Carabelas ©
Muelle de las Carabelas
Castillo De Cortegana ©
Castillo De Cortegana

1
night
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, admire the landmark architecture of Casa don Bosco, then explore the stunning scenery at SierrAventura Ronda, then see the interesting displays at Museo Peinado, and finally examine the collection at Museo Lara.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ronda travel planner.

You can drive from El Rompido to Ronda in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Jerez De La Frontera.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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SierrAventura Ronda ©
SierrAventura Ronda
Museo Lara ©
Museo Lara
Museo Peinado ©
Museo Peinado

1
night
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

Jerez De La Frontera ©
A culturally and historically rich city, Jerez de la Frontera is known around the world for the production of Spanish sherry.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse None, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario De Regla, then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Medina Sidonia, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodegas Luis Perez.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerez De La Frontera itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ronda to Jerez De La Frontera in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Jerez De La Frontera are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Evora.

Things to do in Jerez De La Frontera

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Chipiona, Palace of Medina Sidonia
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Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla ©
Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla
Faro de Chipiona ©
Faro de Chipiona
Bodegas Tradicion ©
Bodegas Tradicion

few
hours
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Evora travel planner.

Getting from Jerez De La Frontera to Evora by car takes about 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerez De La Frontera to Evora due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites
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Church of Santo Antao (Evora) ©
Church of Santo Antao (Evora)

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Boca do Inferno and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of the Moors.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lisbon are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Boca do Inferno, Castelo dos Mouros
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Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Boca do Inferno ©
Boca do Inferno

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