16 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

16 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

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16 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You've now added Sailing Barcelona to your itinerary. Visit Vila Vella (Old Town) and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Camino de Ronda and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Sant Feliu de Guixols--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, explore the landscape on two wheels at Carretera de Les Aigues, and make a trip to Las Ramblas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip builder site .

New York City, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Camino de Ronda, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, then contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, then make a trip to Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda and then get to know the resident critters at Bioparc Valencia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Valencia, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Horse Riding Madrid and Parque de la Bombilla. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Templo de Debod. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Segovia (Balloon Rides, Acueduct of Segovia, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, head outdoors with Boca del Asno, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

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Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Castelo de S. Jorge and Park and National Palace of Pena are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Cabo da Roca in Colares, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Bairro Alto, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon road trip planning app .

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Park and National Palace of Pena, Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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