15 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

15 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tavira, Portugal
— 2 nights
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 3 nights
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): pick up some local products at Mercado Bom Sucesso, do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and finally take in the views from Porto Bridge Climb.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto road trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Porto is 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Mercado Bom Sucesso ©
Mercado Bom Sucesso

3
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia do Camilo and Praia dos Salgados. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia da Marinha and Praia Dona Ana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Praia do Carvalho (in Carvoeiro). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Alvor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church, visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and look for gifts at Aqua Portimao.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lagos online trip planner .

Getting from Porto to Lagos by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Portimao, Carvoeiro, Praia dos Salgados, Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church
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Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

2
nights
Tavira, Portugal

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
On the 20th (Sat), kick back and relax at Cabanas de Tavira beach, kick back and relax at Praia do Barril, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Fort of Cacela and then stroll through Praia de Monte Gordo.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tavira trip planner .

You can drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Tavira

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Fort of Cacela, Praia de Monte Gordo
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Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo

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 22nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Retiro Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Diseno Propio. Artesania., admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, then wander the streets of Gran Via, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Rio Creative Art Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tavira to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tavira in July, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Relax by the water at Cala Millor Beach and Illetas Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like AHOY! Art Gallery Palma and Caves of Drach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palma de Mallorca: Port de Pollenca Beach (in Port de Pollenca), Cala Agulla (in Cala Ratjada) and Cala Molins (in Cala San Vincente). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca, don't miss a visit to Can Corbella, stroll through Playa Santa Ponca, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Mallorca.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Palma de Mallorca trip maker app .

You can fly from Madrid to Palma de Mallorca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Palma de Mallorca: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Illetas Beach, Port de Pollenca Beach, Caves of Drach, Playa Santa Ponca, Cala Agulla
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Port de Pollenca Beach
Port de Pollenca Beach
Cala Agulla ©
Cala Agulla
Illetas Beach ©
Illetas Beach

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