33 days in Spain, France & Portugal Itinerary

33 days in Spain, France & Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
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Merida, Spain
— 1 night
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Jabugo, Spain
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Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 day
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Tours, France
— 1 night
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Caen, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and National Coach Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Igreja de Sao Roque and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Panteao Nacional.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lisbon journey planner.

Tampa, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 5 hours. In May, Lisbon is slightly colder than Tampa - with highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Evora, Portugal

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
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Getting from Lisbon to Evora by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 7th (Sat), you're off to Merida.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Merida, Spain

— 1 night
Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Templo de Diana and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Arte Romano.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida holiday planner.

You can drive from Evora to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Evora to Merida. In May, daytime highs in Merida are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jabugo.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Jabugo, Spain

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): experience rural life at Cinco Jotas.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jabugo online itinerary planner.

Getting from Merida to Jabugo by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Jabugo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.
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Seville, Spain

— 5 nights

City of Towers

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Palacio de Las Duenas and Archaeological Museum of Sevilla. Popular historic sites such as Royal Alcázar of Seville and Royal Tobacco Factory are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Triunfo, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de la Magdalena, and visit Barrio Santa Cruz.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Jabugo to Seville in 2 hours. In May in Seville, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 day

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Merced, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cordoba attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Cordoba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Cordoba sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 14th (Sat), stop by Artesania Del Arbol, admire the striking features of Court of the Lions, and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin and then see the interesting displays at Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte.

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Getting from Cordoba to Granada by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in May, you will find days in Granada are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Cava Baja Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Museo Sorolla. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid online attractions planner.

Fly from Granada to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Parte Vieja and St. Mary Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate San Telmo Museoa and Eureka! Zientzia Museoa. Venture out of the city with trips to Ekainberri (in Zestoa) and Iglesia de San Salvador (in Getaria). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Calle San Pedro, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, pause for some serene contemplation at Buen Pastor Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro.

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Traveling by flight from Madrid to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 25:

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse.

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Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Marmoutier, get to know the fascinating history of Place Jean Jaures, and then take an in-depth tour of Hotel Gouin.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tours sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Tours takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Tours, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
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Caen, France

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Get some historical perspective at Pegasus Memorial and Pegasus Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery and Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Change things up with a short trip to D-Day Monument in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the natural beauty at La Colline aux Oiseaux, take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Hommes.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Caen road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tours to Caen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, make a trip to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, then get to know the fascinating history of Latin Quarter, and finally take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder site.

Drive from Caen to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.