29 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

29 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durban, South Africa
Bus + Fly:  17 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Albufeira, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nerja, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  5 h
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Ibiza Town, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  18 h
End: Durban, South Africa


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3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Belém Tower and Lisbon Oceanarium. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary site.

Durban, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. In October, Lisbon is a bit cooler than Durban - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quinta da Regaleira, Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

4
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kids will enjoy Praia Da Rocha and Praia Vale Dos Homens. Escape the urban bustle at Telheiro Beach and Falesia Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Praia do Amado (in Aljezur), Ponta da Piedade (in Lagos) and Algar de Benagil (in Benagil). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Algarve.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albufeira travel planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Albufeira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Algar de Benagil, Algarve, Praia do Amado, Ponta da Piedade, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Telheiro Beach ©
Telheiro Beach

2
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.
On the 11th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore by horseback at Centro Ecuestre Entrepinares, explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de España.

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You can drive from Albufeira to Seville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

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

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Dona Felisa Winery. Get outdoors at El Tajo de Ronda and Reservatauro Ronda. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, Head underground at Cueva del Gato, and examine the collection at Museo Lara.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ronda itinerary planning website.

You can take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

3
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. Get outdoors at Playa de la Alberquilla and Playa de la Cala el Canuelo. Kids will enjoy Playa del Molino de Papel and Playa Torrecilla. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa El Salon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nerja journey builder website.

Getting from Ronda to Nerja by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Nerja sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Nerja

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Family-friendly places like Royal Palace of Madrid and Parque del Retiro will thrill your kids. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Catedral Primada in Toledo--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take a pleasant ride with Horse Riding Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Nerja to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Playa de La Barceloneta. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parc Guell and El Barri Gòtic. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour builder.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

6
nights
Ibiza Town, Spain

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Platja de ses Salines and Castell de Eivissa. Visiting Ibiza Cathedral and Necropolis del Puig des Molins will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ibiza Town: Cala Vadella (in Cala Vadella) and Cala Lena (in San Carlos). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cala S'Illot des Rencli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Moli, explore the striking landscape at Cueva de Can Marca, and get your game on at Kentucky Derby.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ibiza Town travel tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Ibiza Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ibiza, Playa Cala Llonga, Cueva de Can Marca, Cala S'Illot des Rencli, Cala Vadella
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Platja de ses Salines ©
Platja de ses Salines
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa
Cala Comte ©
Cala Comte

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