20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
End: Madrid, Spain


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3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Igreja de Sao Roque. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon vacation planner.

Madrid, Spain to Lisbon is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. Traveling from Madrid in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lisbon, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Historico de Albufeira and Museu de Portimao. Visiting Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Edificio Pacos do Concelho (in Silves) and Museu do Traje (in Sao Bras de Alportel). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água, get engrossed in the history at Museu Municipal de Loulé, look for gifts at By Nature, and shop like a local with BAM Art Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Albufeira are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Albufeira

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Portimao, Museu Municipal de Loulé, Edificio Pacos do Concelho, Museu do Traje
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Museu de Portimao ©
Museu de Portimao
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then wander the streets of Albayzin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Generalife, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de los Aljibes, and then contemplate the long history of Alhambra.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Granada holiday site.

You can drive from Albufeira to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Albufeira in March, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
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 Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Get some cultural insight at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Catedral de Sevilla. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, take in nature's colorful creations at Casa de Pilatos, admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and browse for treasures at Antiguedades el Museo.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Seville journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in March, Seville is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Las Ramblas, grab your bike and head to Carretera de Les Aigues, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande will appeal to history buffs. Prado National Museum and Museo de Santa Cruz will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Catedral Primada, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, head outdoors with Picnic Madrid, wander the streets of Gran Via, and visit Gay Madrid & the Chueca District.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid route planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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