12 days in Paris, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Paris, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Paris, France — 3 nights

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally take in the views from Pont Alexandre III.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 60°F. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll around Parque del Retiro, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: highs in Madrid hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Lisbon, Portugal — 1 night

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon online trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madrid in July, with highs in Lisbon at 85°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Porto.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Porto are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
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.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.