47 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

47 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Lagoa, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h
5
Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Alicante, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Javea, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Castellon de la Plana, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h
12
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
13
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
14
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Elciego, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Batalha Monastery and Igreja de Sao Roque. Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Basilica da Santissima Trindade (in Fatima). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen), and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in March, things will get little chillier in Lisbon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Batalha Monastery, Monastery of Alcobaca, Basilica da Santissima Trindade
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) and Torre dos Clerigos. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Douro River. When in Porto, make a side trip to see Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz in Coimbra, approximately Coimbra away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Porto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Lagoa.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Coimbra
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) ©
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo

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Lagoa, Portugal

Lagoa ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pescadores Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montes da Fóia, then Head underground at Algar de Benagil, and then see the interesting displays at Museu Municipal de Arqueologia.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagoa tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Porto to Lagoa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagoa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Montes da Fóia, Museu Municipal de Arqueologia, Praia da Marinha, Pescadores Beach
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Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Algar de Benagil ©
Algar de Benagil

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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.
Let the collections at Casa Palacio de Las Duenas and Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Tobacco Factory and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba (in Cordoba) and Castillo de Almodovar (in Almodovar del Rio). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, examine the collection at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla de San Jose, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip maker.

You can drive from Lagoa to Seville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagoa to Seville due to the time zone difference. March in Seville sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cordoba, Castillo de Almodovar, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Castillo de Almodovar ©
Castillo de Almodovar

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Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Museo de la Piel de Ubrique. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Tajo de Ronda and Sendero Rio Majaceite. Explore Ronda's surroundings by going to Arcos de la Frontera (in Arcos de la Frontera), Visitas guiadas Ciudad Romana de Ocuri (in Ubrique) and Arab Castle (in Olvera). The adventure continues: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take in the views from Puente Viejo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, and explore by horseback at Paddock Paradise Ronda.

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

Take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Ronda are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ubrique, Arcos de la Frontera, Sendero Rio Majaceite, Parasailing & Paragliding, Arab Castle
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda

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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Step off the beaten path and head to Malaga Cathedral and Teatro Romano. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcazaba and Iglesia de Los Martires. Change things up with a short trip to Playa La Carihuela in Torremolinos (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center, take in the exciting artwork at Mahatma Showroom, examine the collection at Colección del Museo Ruso, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Victoria.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Malaga sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Malaga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Playa La Carihuela
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Museo Picasso Malaga ©
Museo Picasso Malaga
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Los Cahorros will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica de San Juan de Dios and Jaén Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Granada to Jaen to see Castillo de Santa Catalina about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, take a stroll through Albayzin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, and admire the striking features of Generalife.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Granada driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in April, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alicante.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Jaen, Los Cahorros
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Jaén Cathedral ©
Jaén Cathedral

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nights
Alicante, Spain

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Guadalest Valley and Micro-Gigantic Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de Santa Barbara and Santuario Santa Magdalena. Go for a jaunt from Alicante to Santa Pola to see Faro de Santa Pola about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Santa Maria, and see the interesting displays at Museo The Ocean Race.

Plan trip to Alicante with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Granada to Alicante in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in April, Alicante is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Javea.

Things to do in Alicante

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santuario Santa Magdalena, Micro-Gigantic Museum, Faro de Santa Pola
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Guadalest Valley ©
Guadalest Valley
Room Escape Games
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA) ©

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nights
Javea, Spain

Xàbia or Jávea is a coastal town in the comarca of Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Beach and Jalon Valley. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Bodega del Garroferal and Cabo San Antonio. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Purissima Xiqueta i Sant Pere Apostol, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Blanca.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Javea online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Alicante to Javea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Javea, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Valencia.

Things to do in Javea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jalon Valley, La Bodega del Garroferal, Parroquia Purissima Xiqueta i Sant Pere Apostol
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Arenal Beach ©
Arenal Beach
Parroquia Purissima Xiqueta i Sant Pere Apostol ©

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castell de Xativa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, see the interesting displays at L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de la Patacona.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip planner.

Getting from Javea to Valencia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Castellon de la Plana.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Playa de la Patacona, Castell de Xativa, The Via Verde Green Route
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Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats ©
Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats
Castell de Xativa ©
Castell de Xativa

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Castellon de la Plana, Spain

Castellon de la Plana ©
Castellón de la Plana, Castelló de la Plana, or simply Castellón / Castelló, is the capital city of the province of Castellón, in the Valencian Community, Spain, in the east of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Costa del Azahar by the Mediterranean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museu de Belles Arts de Castello, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Mare de Deu del Lledo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Asuncion., wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, then admire the striking features of Real Casino Antiguo, and finally examine the collection at Refugio Antiaereo. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa del Pinar, enjoy some diversion at Skytime, and then examine the collection at Museo del Naipe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Castellon de la Plana online route builder.

Getting from Valencia to Castellon de la Plana by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Castellon de la Plana

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vilafames, Museo del Naipe
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Real Casino Antiguo ©
Real Casino Antiguo
Museo del Naipe ©
Museo del Naipe
Museu de Belles Arts de Castello ©
Museu de Belles Arts de Castello

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit The Walls of Avila and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Sorolla and Museo Cerralbo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Segovia (Alcazar of Segovia & Catedral de Segovia). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Castellon de la Plana to Madrid with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, The Walls of Avila
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The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Concha Beach and Basque Coast Geopark. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castillo de la Mota and Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull, wander the streets of Parte Vieja, let little ones run wild at Parque Aiete, and step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas, then take an in-depth tour of Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Anton, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, then stop by Casco Viejo, then head outdoors with Mount Arxanda, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Plentzia.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Elciego.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Iglesia de San Nicolas ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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Elciego, Spain

Elciego ©
Elciego is a town and municipality located at the southern end of the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.This town lies in the world-famous Rioja wine-production region, and is home to the architecturally cutting-edge Hotel Marqués de Riscal, opened in 2006, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. On the 1st (Fri), indulge your taste buds at Bodega Conde de los Andes, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Riojanas, then do a tasting at Marques de Caceres, and finally do a tasting at Vinedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Bodegas Valentin Pascual, get outside with Barranco de la Hoz, then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Jilaba, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega Finca Valpiedra.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Elciego online trip planner.

Getting from Bilbao to Elciego by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elciego

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenicero, Bodega Finca Valpiedra, Bodegas Jilaba, Bodega Conde de los Andes, Vinedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa
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Bodega Conde de los Andes ©
Bodega Conde de los Andes
Bodegas Jilaba ©
Bodegas Jilaba
Bodegas Valentin Pascual ©
Bodegas Valentin Pascual

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