9 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

9 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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9 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States


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2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, and then meet the residents at Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Church of San Ginés and then get outside with Mi Bike Rio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Faro.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca
Church of San Ginés ©
Church of San Ginés

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Faro, Portugal

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Lourenco de Almancil, enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, and then kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia marinha.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Faro trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Madrid to Faro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Faro. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in October since evenings lows in Faro dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Faro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Marinha, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza de Espana, explore the galleries of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then head outdoors with Rent a Bike Sevilla, and finally admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seville Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seville custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Faro to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Faro to Seville. October in Seville sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a stroll through Gran Via, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in October, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 71°F and lows about 52°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Gran Via ©
Gran Via
Gay Madrid & the Chueca District ©
Gay Madrid & the Chueca District

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