28 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

28 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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28 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
2
Segovia, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
6
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
8
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
9
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
10
Toledo, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
End: Adelaide, Australia


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3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona online route builder .

Adelaide, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Segovia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Segovia, Spain

Segovia ©
As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Segovia: The Walls of Avila (in Avila) and Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Acueduct of Segovia, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Segovia, and wander the streets of Old City.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Segovia trip planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Segovia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Segovia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Salamanca.

Things to do in Segovia

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, The Walls of Avila
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Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, and finally steep yourself in history at Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salamanca online trip planner .

You can take a train from Segovia to Salamanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Segovia in September, plan for little chillier nights in Salamanca, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums
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Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

You can drive from Salamanca to Porto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Salamanca to Porto is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Salamanca in September, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Porto: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Porto in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
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 19th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos attractions site .

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Lagos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

3
nights
Seville, Spain

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.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seville online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lagos to Seville is 1 hour. In September in Seville, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Step out of Ronda to go to Antequera and see El Torcal de Antequera, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, don't miss a visit to Alameda Del Tajo, see the interesting displays at Museo Lara, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ronda trip planner.

Take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Ronda are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

El Torcal de Antequera
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de los Aljibes, then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, then take a stroll through Albayzin, then don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Granada trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ronda in September, things will get little chillier in Granada: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toledo.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

2
nights
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Tomé, then admire the masterpieces at Museo del Greco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Valle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Palace of Aranjuez, take an in-depth tour of Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, then wander the streets of Casco Historico de Toledo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Toledo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Granada to Toledo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Toledo to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Madrid sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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