44 days in Spain, Portugal & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

44 days in Spain, Portugal & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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44 days in Spain, Portugal & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

Start: Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Tarragona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Santander, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Burgos, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Segovia, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
9
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Alicante, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Murcia, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
12
Cartagena, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
14
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
16
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
17
Braga, Portugal
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Monaco-Ville, Monaco


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Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Monaco-Ville ©
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vieux Monaco and Prince's Palace. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Place du Palais, ponder the world of politics at Palais de justice de Monaco, take in nature's colorful creations at Princess Grace Botanical Garden, and enjoy some diversion at Louis II Stadium.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monaco-Ville trip planner .

In August, daytime highs in Monaco-Ville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fontvieille
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Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Vieux Monaco ©
Vieux Monaco
Place du Palais ©
Place du Palais

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the next day, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Amatller.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Monaco-Ville to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Food Tours

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Tarragona, Spain

Tarragona ©
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Placa dels Sedassos and then delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Playa La Savinosa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Arrabassada.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tarragona itinerary planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Tarragona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamplona.

Things to do in Tarragona

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa La Savinosa ©
Playa La Savinosa
Anfiteatro de Tarragona ©
Anfiteatro de Tarragona
Pont del Diable ©
Pont del Diable

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Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas, admire the striking features of Pamplona Catedral, catch some excitement at Garrarte Artesanos, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Castillo, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the galleries of Fortress and Walls of Pamplona. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Parroquia San Lorenzo, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Navarra, then get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Saturnino, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento al Encierro.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pamplona attractions planner .

You can drive from Tarragona to Pamplona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tarragona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pamplona, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Catedral de Pamplona
Catedral de Pamplona
Room Escape Games
Ayuntamiento de Pamplona ©
Ayuntamiento de Pamplona

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Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the views from San Anton Bridge, and then stroll through Playa de Azkorri. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco, then have some family-friendly fun at Formula Racing, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Plentzia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao trip planning site .

You can drive from Pamplona to Bilbao in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bilbao can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Tours Beaches Outdoors
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Walking tours
Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum ©
Food Tours

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Santander, Spain

Santander ©
Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Playa de El Puntal, then kick back and relax at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, and then enjoy the sea views from Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Mouro Island, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Peligros, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Santander, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Santisimo Cristo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santander online travel route planner .

Getting from Bilbao to Santander by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bilbao in September, plan for little chillier days in Santander, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Burgos.

Things to do in Santander

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa de los Peligros ©
Playa de los Peligros
Playa Primera de El Sardinero ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero
Palacio de La Magdalena ©
Palacio de La Magdalena

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Burgos, Spain

Burgos ©
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Cartuja de Miraflores. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de las Huelgas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De Burgos, then learn more about the world around you at Centro de Arqueologia Experimental (Carex), and finally make a trip to Territorio Artlanza.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Burgos trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Santander to Burgos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santander in September, Burgos is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Segovia.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Catedral De Burgos ©
Catedral De Burgos
Cartuja de Miraflores ©
Cartuja de Miraflores
Monasterio de las Huelgas ©
Monasterio de las Huelgas

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Segovia, Spain

As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Padres Carmelitas, then make a trip to Mirador del Valle del Eresma, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On your second day here, make a trip to Segovia Aqueduct, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Cruz la Real, then enjoy breathtaking views from Puerta de San Andres, then make a trip to Paseo la Alameda del Parral, and finally take a stroll through Old City.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Segovia online tour planner .

Take a train from Burgos to Segovia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Burgos in September, Segovia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Segovia

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Old City ©
Old City

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Food Tours. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Paseo del Prado, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and explore the activities along Retiro Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid road trip planning site .

Getting from Segovia to Madrid by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Madrid are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Alicante.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Food Tours

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Alicante, Spain

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Parque El Palmeral. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Explanada de Espana, take an in-depth tour of MARQ Archaeological Museum of Alicante, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Juan, and examine the collection at Museo de Hogueras.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Alicante trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Alicante takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Alicante when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Murcia.

Things to do in Alicante

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Parque El Palmeral ©
Parque El Palmeral
Room Escape Games
Museo Arqueologico de Alicante ©
Museo Arqueologico de Alicante

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Murcia, Spain

Murcia ©
Murcia is a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of 442,573 inhabitants in 2009 (about one third of the total population of the Region). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral de Santa Maria and Playa Cala Capitan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Murcia: El Cigarralejo (in Mula) and Playa de la Glea (in Dehesa de Campoamor). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Real Casino de Murcia, make a splash at Terra Natura Murcia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de San Juan de Dios, and snap pictures at Puente de los Peligros.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Murcia trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Alicante to Murcia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Murcia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

El Cigarralejo, Playa Cala Capitan, Playa de la Glea
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Terra Natura Murcia ©
Terra Natura Murcia
Room Escape Games
Real Casino de Murcia ©
Real Casino de Murcia

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Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena ©
On the 20th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Plaza de Espana. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Las Salinas de Torrevieja and then make a splash at Aquopolis Torrevieja.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip maker site .

Getting from Murcia to Cartagena by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cartagena

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Torrevieja, Plaza de Espana
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Aquopolis Torrevieja ©
Aquopolis Torrevieja
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano
El Zulo ©
El Zulo

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
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 23rd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, contemplate the long history of Plaza de los Aljibes, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja and then see the sky in a new way at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cartagena to Granada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Granada when traveling from Cartagena in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Wine Tours & Tastings
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Plaza de España and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Las Duenas, then deepen your understanding at Royal Tobacco Factory, and then take in the views from Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana).

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Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Seville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Las Duenas ©
Las Duenas

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Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ponta Da Piedale and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Pro Putting Garden, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Gil Eanes.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Seville to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lagos. In September, daytime highs in Lagos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

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Lisbon, Portugal

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 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, then contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Rossio Train Station.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon attractions tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Lisbon are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Braga.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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Braga, Portugal

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Explore hidden gems such as Bom Jesus do Monte and Se de Braga. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte, admire the natural beauty at The Garden of Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Praca da Republica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia de Braga.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Braga driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Lisbon to Braga by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Braga, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

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