30 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

30 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
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Porto, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Faro, Portugal
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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ciutat Vella and La Barceloneta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Mercado Medieval (in Vic) and Room Escape Games (in Mataro). The adventure continues: wander the streets of El Born, have fun and explore at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, stop by Barri de Gracia, and take in the waterfront at Port Vell.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona travel route planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Barcelona, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bilbao.
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Bilbao, Spain — 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Plentzia and Playa de Azkorri. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vivanco. Cultura de Vino and Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A.. Venture out of the city with trips to Bodega Conde de los Andes (in Ollauri), Bodegas Lecea (in San Asensio) and Bodegas Urbina (in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, do a tasting at Bodegas Riojanas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Artxanda, and appreciate the history behind Puppy.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bilbao trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Bilbao by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 7 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do your shopping at Barrio de Salamanca and Mercado de San Antón. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza (in Siguenza), Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Lahperla, &more) and Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park, don't miss a visit to Calle Mayor, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and wander the streets of La Latina.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Bilbao to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Madrid when traveling from Bilbao in December, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 6 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Escape the urban bustle at Matosinhos Beach and Praia da Costa Nova. Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Spas. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman (in Tabuaco), Miradouro da Pedra Bela (in Geres) and Aveiro (Universidade de Aveiro & Forum Aveiro). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Bom Sucesso, stop by Livraria Lello, learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Porto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get a bit warmer in Porto: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. You'll set off for Lisbon on the 21st (Wed).
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rua Augusta and Centro Colombo. Get in touch with nature at Praia da Nazare and Praia Foz do Arelho. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Mercado de Campo de Ourique, engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, and wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon holiday builder site.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Faro.
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Faro, Portugal — 3 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Visit Praia da Quarteira and Praia de Vilamoura for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Faro Cathedral. Step out of Faro to go to Vilamoura and see Dom Pedro Old Course - Golf Club, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: slough off your stress at ECLAT - Espaco de Saude e Bem-Estar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Santa Barbara de Nexe, don't miss a visit to Palacio de Estoi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Faro itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Faro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Faro sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, and then wander the streets of El Born. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, visit La Barceloneta, take a leisurely stroll along Port Vell, engage your brain at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally stop by Las Ramblas.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel route builder website.

You can fly from Faro to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Faro to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Faro in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Barcelona. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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

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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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