42 days in Madrid, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

42 days in Madrid, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 12 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 10 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 18 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 45 min
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 Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Head to Mercado San Miguel and El Brabantinofor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: The Walls of Avila (in Avila), Iglesia de Santa Coloma (in Albendiego) and Toledo (Jacinta & Maria Chocolates, Catedral Primada, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, see where the action happens at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid itinerary planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Madrid is an approximately 8-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In September, Madrid is somewhat warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 32°C and lows of 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, The Walls of Avila, Caballos la Vereda, Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Iglesia de Santa Coloma
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial ©
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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 Douro River and Praia de Sao Jacinto. Get some historical perspective at Palacio da Bolsa and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). 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 (Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo, Praia do Cabedelo, &more). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, kick back and relax at Praia do Ourigo, look for gifts at Garrafeira do Carmo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Porto online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Viana do Castelo, Sabores da Serra, Forum Aveiro, Praia Fluvial de Loriga, Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha
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Douro River ©
Douro River
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Castelo dos Mouros. Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Carvalhal (Praia do Carvalhal & Pego Beach), Castelo de Almourol (in Praia do Ribatejo) and Grandola (Praia da Aberta Nova & Comporta Beach). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, kick back and relax at Praia da ursa, and stroll through Troia Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip website.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish 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, Carvalhal, Setubal, Grandola
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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