29 days in Spain, Lisbon District & Algarve Itinerary

29 days in Spain, Lisbon District & Algarve Itinerary

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29 days in Spain, Lisbon District & Algarve Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Merida, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Huelva, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Cordoba, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Alhama de Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  16 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park and Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Caballos la Vereda (in Riaza) and Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno). It doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Madrid reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park, Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Caballos la Vereda, Playa del Alberche
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park ©

1
night
Merida, Spain

Merida ©
Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Basilica de Santa Eulalia, then don't miss a visit to Acueducto de los Milagros, then see a show at Teatro Romano de Merida, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcazaba. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, make a trip to Circo romano, then appreciate the history behind Casa del Mitreo, then make a trip to Templo de Diana, and finally snap pictures at Roman Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Merida trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Merida sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Teatro Romano de Merida ©
Teatro Romano de Merida
Museo Nacional de Arte Romano ©
Museo Nacional de Arte Romano
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de S. Jorge and Avenida da Liberdade. Head to Chiado and Rossio Squarefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Praia Foz do Arelho (in Caldas da Rainha), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, stop by Chicoracao, pedal to the sights with Portugal Bike, and take a stroll through Alfama.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon tour builder app.

You can drive from Merida to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Merida in May, you will find days in Lisbon are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Praia Foz do Arelho, Cabo da Roca, Portugal Bike, Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Shop till you drop at Canastra and Sweet Estoi. Explore hidden gems such as Falesia Beach and Old Town Faro. Venture out of the city with trips to Castelo de Silves (in Silves), Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água and stop by By Nature.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albufeira online route planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Albufeira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Huelva.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Faro, Castelo de Silves, Canastra, Praia da Marinha, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

2
nights
Huelva, Spain

Huelva ©
Huelva is a city in southwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Huelva in the autonomous region of Andalusia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at La Rabida Monastery, then take a leisurely stroll along Muelle de las Carabelas, and then stroll through Matalascanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia De San Juan Bautista and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Islantilla.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Huelva vacation tool.

Getting from Albufeira to Huelva by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Albufeira to Huelva is 1 hour. When traveling from Albufeira in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Huelva: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Seville.

Things to do in Huelva

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Islantilla, Parroquia De San Juan Bautista, Matalascanas, Muelle de las Carabelas
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La Rabida Monastery ©
La Rabida Monastery
Muelle de las Carabelas ©
Muelle de las Carabelas
Parroquia De San Juan Bautista ©
Parroquia De San Juan Bautista

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Zaguan 24 and Productos de la Sierra. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa de Pilatos and Parque de Maria Luisa. Go for a jaunt from Seville to Corteconcepcion to see Eiriz Jamones & Embutidos De Bellota about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, look for gifts at Malanga - Hecho a Mano, stop by Barrio Santa Cruz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Huelva to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Huelva in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Eiriz Jamones & Embutidos De Bellota
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Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
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.
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and Calleja de las Flores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Roman Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Victoria, and take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba tour itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alhama de Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada
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Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

3
nights
Alhama de Granada, Spain

Alhama de Granada ©
Alhama de Granada is a town in the province of Granada, approx. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Fortaleza de la Mota and then take in breathtaking views at Los Cahorros.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Alhama de Granada trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Cordoba to Alhama de Granada takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Cordoba in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Alhama de Granada: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Alhama de Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Torrox Costa Promenade, Fortaleza de la Mota, Chocolate Abuela ili, Los Cahorros
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Fortaleza de la Mota ©
Fortaleza de la Mota
Chocolate Abuela ili ©
Chocolate Abuela ili

3
nights
Marbella, Spain

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Castillo de Gibralfaro. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, then get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Central de Atarazanas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Carihuela.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marbella visit planner.

Traveling by car from Alhama de Granada to Marbella takes 2 hours. Traveling from Alhama de Granada in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Marbella, with lows around 17°C. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malaga, Ronda, Playa La Carihuela, Recuerdame
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Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela

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