40 days in Community of Madrid & Lisbon Itinerary

40 days in Community of Madrid & Lisbon Itinerary

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40 days in Community of Madrid & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Cartagena, Colombia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 35 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Cartagena, Colombia

35
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visiting Parque de la Bombilla and Boca del Asno will get you outdoors. Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Caballos la Vereda (in Riaza), Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra (in Cantalojas), Amadablam Aventura (in Navacerrada), Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno), Toledo (Museo de la España Mágica, San Roman Church, & more), Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial), Casino Club De Golf Retamares (in Alalpardo), Segovia (Naturcleta La Granja, Old City, & more) and Avila (Basilica de San Vicente & Club De Golf El Fresnillo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, stop by Lola Fonseca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Madrid travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Colombia, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Avila, Playa del Alberche, Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take a stroll through Belém Tower, and then see the interesting displays at National Tile Museum. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Sao Jorge, then look for gifts at A Outra Face da Lua, then look for gifts at Wine Guest Belem, and finally tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon vacation trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Madrid to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Madrid in October, with lows around 17°C.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo

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