18 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Naples, Italy
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
2
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
4
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Naples, Italy


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3
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, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and walk around Retiro Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Madrid vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Naples, Italy to Madrid is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naples in August since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Granada.

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

1
night
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 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Royal Chapel, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then stroll through Generalife, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary app .

Fly from Madrid to Granada in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Granada sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

2
nights
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 (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, then brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de España. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seville road trip planning tool .

Drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Seville, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
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.
Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres), Zoomarine Algarve - Theme Park (in Guia) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, enjoy some diversion at Hot Wheels Raceway, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Lagos trip app .

You can drive from Seville to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lagos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in August, you will find days in Lagos are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia Da Rocha, Cape Saint Vincent
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Belém Tower, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lisbon, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Livraria Lello, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), explore the activities along Rio Douro, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto vacation planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in August; daily highs in Porto reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Nature Parks
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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)

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