9 days in Lisbon, Porto & Spain Itinerary

9 days in Lisbon, Porto & Spain Itinerary

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9 days in Lisbon, Porto & Spain Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon is 3 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, things will get slightly colder in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

1
night
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 19th (Sat), get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally make a trip to Liberdade Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Porto online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Porto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll around Parque del Retiro, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online trip planner .

You can fly from Porto to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In October in Madrid, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Barcelona. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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