13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

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 3rd (Mon): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, visit El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and then take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona route maker.

San Francisco, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, then shop like a local with Barrio de Salamanca, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and finally admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then steep yourself in history at Museo Cerralbo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in October since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.
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Cordoba, Spain — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Merced, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then look for gifts at Sabor a Espana, and finally take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in October: highs in Cordoba hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

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 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Caridad, deepen your understanding at Royal Tobacco Factory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Magdalena, then steep yourself in history at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, and finally examine the collection at Las Duenas Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Barrio Santa Cruz, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally look for gifts at Ceramicas Sevilla 1952.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seville vacation builder app.

Take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

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 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then don't miss a visit to Rua Augusta, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Belém Tower, then explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Colombo.

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You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja dos Carmelitas, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, then do a tasting at Taylor's Port, and finally learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Porto vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Porto, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.
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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.
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