15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  5​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Paris, France


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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, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona sightseeing planning tool .

Paris, France to Barcelona is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Toledo to see Catedral Primada about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, and test your problem-solving skills at EXIT Madrid.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planning site .

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 18°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, take a leisurely stroll along Cais da Ribeira, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Before you visit Porto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Porto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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