23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cadiz, Spain
— 1 day
Drive
5
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train
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Seville, Spain
Drive
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Faro, Portugal
— 3 nights
Bus
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 7 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, shop like a local with Mercat Santa Caterina, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and finally stop by El Born.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Barcelona online tour itinerary maker.

Dublin, Ireland to Barcelona is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Barcelona. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in September; daily highs in Barcelona reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla. Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Aldea del Fresno to see Playa del Alberche about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and take a stroll through La Latina.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in September since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

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Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Barrio Santa Cruz.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seville road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Seville are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cadiz.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Cadiz, Spain

— 1 day
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Alameda Apodaca and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Caleta Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cadiz attractions planner.

Getting from Seville to Cadiz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Cadiz, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Cadiz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then admire the natural beauty at Tiered Gardens of The Alcazaba, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

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You can drive from Cadiz to Cordoba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Cadiz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Seville, Spain

City of Towers

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in September, plan for slightly colder days in Seville, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Faro.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Faro, Portugal

— 3 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muralhas de Faro and Thai Massage Vilamoura. Get some cultural insight at Igreja do Carmo and Cerro da Vila. Step out of Faro to go to Quarteira and see Praia da Quarteira, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Museu do Traje, get a dose of the wild on Far-EcoTuk, and go all around town with City Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Faro trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Seville to Faro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Faro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 7 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Guincho Beach and Praia do Tamariz for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Belém Tower, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and take a stroll through Rua Augusta.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Faro to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 23:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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 23rd (Thu), do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge and then do a tasting at Taylor's Port. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, and then learn about winemaking at Casa Ramos Pinto.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip builder website.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect Porto to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.