18 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

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18 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  7​h
6
Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Prado National Museum and Catedral de Segovia. Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Alcazar de Segovia are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Avila (Basilica de San Vicente, The Walls of Avila, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madrid route builder app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally take a stroll through Ciutat Vella. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of Sant Roma, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Barcelona. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Parish Church of Sant Roma
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, then pause for some photo ops at Belém Tower, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, and finally get great views at Cabo da Roca.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): browse the exhibits of Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

2
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Maspalomas, and then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Costa Canaria. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Dunas de Maspalomas.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Maspalomas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Maspalomas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Maspalomas. Traveling from Seville in November, expect Maspalomas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Evora.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa de Maspalomas ©
Playa de Maspalomas
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Evora trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Maspalomas to Evora in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Maspalomas in November, things will get slightly colder in Evora: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres ©
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zaanse Schans and Kroller-Muller Museum. Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Louwman Museum The Hague capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) (in The Hague), World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk) and Canals area (in Utrecht). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, explore the activities along The Amstel, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Evora to Amsterdam takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In November, Amsterdam is a bit cooler than Evora - with highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Hague, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Canals area, Kroller-Muller Museum, Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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