13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, visit La Latina, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally head outdoors with Picnic Madrid. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Madrid vacation planning tool.

London, UK to Madrid is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from London in August, expect Madrid to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, see the interesting displays at Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, then don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip maker.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Valencia, Spain

— 1 night

City of Mediterranean Light

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 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital, take an in-depth tour of Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina, then examine the collection at Casa de las Rocas, then wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen, and finally examine the collection at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Granada, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Granada route planning website.

Traveling by car from Valencia to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. Traveling from Valencia in September, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Parks
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Seville, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Towers

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barrio Santa Cruz and Archaeological Museum of Sevilla. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Casa Palacio de Las Duenas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla de San Jose, gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Lagos, Portugal

— 1 night

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Praia de Alvor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and finally head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos sightseeing tool.

Getting from Seville to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Seville to Lagos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Lagos, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): wander the streets of Alfama, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then explore the galleries of Igreja de Sao Roque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ancient Art, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Porto, Portugal

— 1 night

Unvanquished City

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.
On the 9th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, do a tasting at Churchill's, do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, then learn about winemaking at Casa Ramos Pinto, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in September: high temperatures in Porto hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.