26 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

26 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Cordoba, Spain
— 4 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 8 nights


Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary website.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Lisbon. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in June: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lagos.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
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Lagos, Portugal — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Ponta da Piedade and Parque Zoologico de Lagos make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Praia dos Salgados. Change things up with a short trip to Zoomarine Algarve in Guia (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Lagos, kick back and relax at Praia dos Tres Irmaos, head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden, and stop by Mar d'Estorias.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lagos are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seville.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Seville, Spain — 1 night

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.
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You can drive from Lagos to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. June in Seville sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will leave for Cordoba on the 29th (Wed).
Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Cordoba, Spain — 4 nights

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa El Bajondillo and Puerta del Puente. Attractions like Walking tours and Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Cordoba with an excursion to Speed Boats Tours in Benalmadena--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Almodovar, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolome.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba tour itinerary builder.

Take a train from Seville to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seville, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches
Side Trips
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Family-friendly places like Parque del Retiro and Food Tours will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balloon Rides and Museo Sorolla. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Palacio de Cibeles, pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Cibeles, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in July, you will find days in Madrid are a bit cooler (40°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Lisbon, Portugal — 8 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Natural da Arrabida and Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Kids will enjoy Praia do Tamariz and Jardim Zoologico. Change things up with a short trip to Praia da Adraga in Almocageme (about 44 minutes away). See some other sides of Lisbon: wander the streets of Alfama, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Belem Church, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Madrid in July; daily highs in Lisbon reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Portugal travel guide

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.

Algarve travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Spain travel guide

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.