21 days in South of Spain & Portugal Itinerary

21 days in South of Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in South of Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+2
Fly + train + bus:  29​h
1
Nerja, Spain
— 3 nights
2
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Portimao, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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. Visit Playa El Salon and Playa de la Alberquilla for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy Playa de la Cala el Canuelo and Playa Torrecilla. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Burriana Beach, make a trip to Balcon de Europa, Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Capistrano Playa.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nerja road trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Nerja is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect nights in Nerja to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are much warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla

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Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Reservatauro Ronda and SierrAventura Ronda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Museo Lara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ronda: Riding Fun In The Sun (in Casares) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Estepona). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Gato, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Ronda trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Ronda, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Riding Fun In The Sun, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Riding Fun In The Sun ©
Riding Fun In The Sun
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
SierrAventura Ronda ©
SierrAventura Ronda

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Torre del Oro. Bring the kids along to Isla Magica and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the striking features of Catedral de Sevilla.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seville online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Seville

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

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Portimao, Portugal

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Visit Praia Da Rocha and Telheiro Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Falesia Beach and Praia Vale Dos Homens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portimao: Ponta da Piedade (in Lagos) and Praia do Amado (in Aljezur).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Portimao trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Seville to Portimao in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Portimao is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seville in July: highs in Portimao hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Portimao

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Falesia Beach, Praia do Amado, Telheiro Beach, Praia Vale Dos Homens, Ponta Da Piedale
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Telheiro Beach ©
Telheiro Beach

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Attractions like Belém Tower and Lisbon Oceanarium make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regaleira. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Park and National Palace of Pena). Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip website .

You can drive from Portimao to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Portimao in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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