23 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

23 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

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23 days in Portugal, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
1
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Aveiro, Portugal
— 1 night
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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I and then steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Rio Douro, take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, then make a trip to Livraria Lello, then pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, and finally steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Porto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In October, Porto is somewhat warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 26°C and lows of 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
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Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro ©
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Livraria Gigoes & Anantes and then take in the waterfront at Ria de Aveiro.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Aveiro travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Porto to Aveiro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 9th (Wed), you're off toNazare.

Things to do in Aveiro

Parks Nature Museums
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Ria de Aveiro ©
Ria de Aveiro

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Obidos Village and then kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nazare road trip planner.

Drive from Aveiro to Nazare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Nazare to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. 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 Parks

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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Evora tour itinerary site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, look for gifts at By Nature, and then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve.

Plan my day in Albufeira using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Evora to Albufeira by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Lagos.

Things to do in Albufeira

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha
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Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha ©
Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, and then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, then stop by Casa do "Vo" Serafim, and finally head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lagos vacation planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Lagos in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. 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 Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Faro Cathedral and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Faro trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Lagos to Faro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough 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), admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville and then admire the striking features of Plaza de España. On the next day, make a trip to Metropol Parasol, brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

You can drive from Faro to Seville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Faro to Seville. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Royal Palace of Madrid, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in October, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. You'll set off 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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