12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon sightseeing planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, things will get slightly colder in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seville.

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Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, thentake a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), thenwalk around Parque de Maria Luisa, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seville vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Seville is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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 9th (Sat): stroll around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona vacation tool.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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