20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nerja, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Ibiza Town, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Jerusalem, Israel


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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 25th (Sat): take a stroll through Alfama and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Lisbon itinerary builder.

Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. April in Lisbon sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Alfama ©
Alfama

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Saint Vincent and Castelo de Silves are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Sagres (Fort of Santo Antonio de Belixe & Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graca), Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve (in Alvor) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip maker site.

You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sagres, Portimao, Castelo de Silves, Praia da Marinha, Pescadores Beach
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Casa de Pilatos, then admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de España.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip planning tool.

Drive from Albufeira to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Seville. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 2nd (Sat), snap pictures at Roman Bridge, delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, wander the streets of Old City, then contemplate the long history of Casa Del Rey Moro, and finally explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda. On the next day, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, wander the streets of La Ciudad, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ronda travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nerja.

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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Old City ©
Old City

3
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. You'll get in some beach time at Burriana Beach and Capistrano Playa. Visiting Nerja Donkey Sanctuary and Jardin Botanico Detunda Cueva De Nerja will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nerja: Mirador del Cementerio Redondo (in Sayalonga) and Velez-Malaga (Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion, Convent of San Francisco, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Salon, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, enjoy the sand and surf at Papagayo Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nerja trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ronda to Nerja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Nerja are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Velez-Malaga, Mirador del Cementerio Redondo
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

2
nights
Ibiza Town, Spain

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by Dalt Vila, explore the historical opulence of Castell de Eivissa, then take a peaceful walk through Parc Natural Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera, and finally stroll through Cala Comte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Es Vedra, kick back and relax at Platja de ses Salines, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ibiza Town tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nerja to Ibiza Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Nerja in May, you will find days in Ibiza Town are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Parc Natural Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera, Cala Comte
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Platja de ses Salines ©
Platja de ses Salines
Cala Comte ©
Cala Comte
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa de La Barceloneta and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, and don't miss a visit to Castillo De Torre Baro.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Ibiza Town to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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