12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  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
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon travel itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, things will get a bit cooler 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
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip site .

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville. May in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Madrid route maker .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Madrid when traveling from Seville in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a 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

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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, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning website .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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