42 days in Madrid, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

42 days in Madrid, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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42 days in Madrid, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 10 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 18 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

12
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and The Walls of Avila. Head to Mercado San Miguel and ABC Serranofor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Iglesia de Santa Coloma (in Albendiego), Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra (in Cantalojas) and Toledo (Jacinta & Maria Chocolates, Catedral Primada, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Acueduct of Segovia, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Alberche.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planning tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Madrid is an approximately 8-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Ljubljana in September, things will get a bit warmer in Madrid: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Iglesia de Santa Coloma, Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Acueduct of Segovia, Caballos la Vereda
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

10
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rio Douro and Forum Aveiro. Get some historical perspective at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Sabores da Serra (in Celorico da Beira), Praia Fluvial de Loriga (in Loriga) and Viana do Castelo (Praia do Cabedelo & Praia do Canto Marinho). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, kick back and relax at Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Barra.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Porto trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Porto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Viana do Castelo, Sabores da Serra, Praia de Sao Jacinto, Forum Aveiro, Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha
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Praia do Cabedelo ©
Praia do Cabedelo
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

18
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Praia da Nazare and Guincho Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castelo dos Mouros and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Castle of Almourol (in Vila Nova da Barquinha), Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo) and Carvalhal (Praia do Carvalhal & Pego Beach). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Belém Tower, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinta da Regaleira, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Lisbon day trip tool .

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Cascais, Carvalhal
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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