23 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

23 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  20 h 30 min
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Aveiro, Portugal
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Nazare, Portugal
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
6
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Faro, Portugal
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
9
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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nights
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 6th (Sun), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I and then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cais da Ribeira, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, shop like a local with Livraria Lello, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, and finally steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Porto travel itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Porto is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in October, expect Porto to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aveiro.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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

1
night
Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro ©
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Livraria Gigoes & Anantes and then take a leisurely stroll along Ria de Aveiro.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aveiro journey planner.

Getting from Porto to Aveiro by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. You'll set off for Nazare on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Aveiro

Nature Parks Museums
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Ria de Aveiro ©
Ria de Aveiro
Livraria Gigoes & Anantes ©
Livraria Gigoes & Anantes

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Nazare, Portugal

Nazare ©
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Obidos Village and then stroll through Praia da Nazare.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Nazare visit planner.

You can drive from Aveiro to Nazare in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nazare are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Nazare

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Obidos Village, Batalha Monastery
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village
O Sitio
O Sitio

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, stop by Alfama, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Traveling by car from Nazare to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Evora road trip planning app.

Drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) ©
Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana)

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Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll through Falesia Beach, look for gifts at By Nature, and then visit Centro Historico de Albufeira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Evora to Albufeira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lagos.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
On the 18th (Fri), kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Gil Eanes. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, then look for gifts at Casa do "Vo" Serafim, and finally head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Lagos in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Lagos, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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Faro, Portugal

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Faro Cathedral and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Faro trip itinerary site.

Getting from Lagos to Faro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Faro, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites
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Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Faro Cathedral ©
Faro Cathedral

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), don't miss a visit to Torre del Oro, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Santa Marta, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip website.

Getting from Faro to Seville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Faro to Seville is 1 hour. October in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

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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 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

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You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seville in October, with highs in Madrid at 26°C and lows at 13°C. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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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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