23 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

23 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

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23 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Malaga, Spain
1
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Granada, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 9th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Malaga trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Málaga Airport, Jerez Airport and Sevilla Airport. October in Malaga sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de la Cala Mijas
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Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Alhambra and Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica de San Juan de Dios and Saint Jerome Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaén Cathedral (in Jaen), Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla (in Cazorla) and Barrio de la Villa (in Priego de Cordoba). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga del Agua, steep yourself in history at La Madraza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and explore the historical opulence of Fortaleza de la Mota.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Granada trip builder tool .

Getting from Malaga to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Granada, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla, Jaén Cathedral, Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba, Sinagoga del Agua, Barrio de la Villa
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Jaén Cathedral ©
Jaén Cathedral
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios

1
night
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ronda online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Granada to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Ronda are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wildlife Trails
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda

4
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and Palace del Dean Ortega. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palacio de la Merced and Banos de la Encima Castle. Explore Cordoba's surroundings by going to Lucena (Church of San Mateo & Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Araceli), Ubeda (Centro Historico & Iglesia de San Pablo) and Iberfauna (in Zuheros). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir, examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, explore the world behind art at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calleja del Panuelo.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Ronda to Cordoba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Cordoba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Ubeda, Lucena, Iberfauna, Banos de la Encima Castle
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Palace del Dean Ortega ©
Palace del Dean Ortega
Palacio de la Merced ©
Palacio de la Merced

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville. Get some cultural insight at Catedral de Sevilla and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Change things up with these side-trips from Seville: Colegiata de Osuna (in Osuna) and Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, Carmona (in Carmona). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, explore the world behind art at Las Duenas, admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, Colegiata de Osuna, Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, Carmona
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Batalha Monastery. Castelo de S. Jorge and Capela dos Ossos will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Porta do Raimundo (in Evora), Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal) and Capela Das Aparicoes (in Fatima). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take a stroll through Alfama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Roque, and step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Lisbon tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In October in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Evora, Fatima, Batalha Monastery, Parque Natural da Arrabida, Basilica Real de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

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