31 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

31 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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31 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
4
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h
End: Denver, United States


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2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Castelo dos Mouros. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Fatima (Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima & Capela Das Aparicoes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning site .

Denver, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Lisbon is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in May: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 75°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Fatima, Monastery of Alcobaca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Capela dos Ossos and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Monte da Ravasqueira and Aldeia da Terra will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Evora's surroundings by going to Castelo de Alegrete (in Alegrete) and Herdade Das Servas (in Estremoz). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, steep yourself in history at Walls of Evora, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora).

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Evora online travel route planner .

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Herdade Das Servas, Castelo de Alegrete, Monte da Ravasqueira
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Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta Da Piedale and Cape Saint Vincent. You'll get in some beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Praia Dona Ana. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Albufeira (Speed Boats Tours & Waterskiing & Jetskiing) and Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lagos day trip app .

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Evora in May since evenings lows in Lagos dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Marinha, Pescadores Beach, Cape Saint Vincent, Praia Da Rocha
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Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

4
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga and FC Porto Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) and Paco dos Duques de Braganca. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Se de Braga (in Braga) and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz (in Coimbra). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, and get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lagos to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in May, expect Porto to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Coimbra, Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Se de Braga
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Las Duenas, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Jose.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Seville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Porto to Seville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in May: high temperatures in Seville hover around 79°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
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.
On the 17th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of La Madraza, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, then admire the striking features of Generalife, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Granada tour builder app .

You can drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seville in May since evenings lows in Granada dip to 53°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Picasso Malaga and Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares. Malaga Cathedral and Colección del Museo Ruso are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, explore the world behind art at Museo de Malaga, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacred Heart Church (Sagrado Corazon), and examine the collection at Revello de Toro Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Malaga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in May since evenings lows in Malaga dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Museo Picasso Malaga ©
Museo Picasso Malaga

2
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castell de Bellver, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Sant Francesc, examine the collection at Palau March Museu, contemplate the long history of Sa Llotja, then steep yourself in history at Palau de l'Almudaina, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Terrazas de la Catedral de Palma. On the next day, stroll through Artestruz Mallorca, then enjoy the sand and surf at Calo Des Moro, then examine the collection at Museu del Fang de Marratxi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castell d Alaro.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Palma de Mallorca online road trip planner .

You can fly from Malaga to Palma de Mallorca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Malaga in May since evenings lows in Palma de Mallorca dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castell d Alaro, Artestruz Mallorca, Museu del Fang de Marratxi
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Calo Des Moro ©
Calo Des Moro
Castell d Alaro ©
Castell d Alaro

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Barri Gòtic and Girona Cathedral (Catedral). Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar) and Parroquia de Sant Cugat (in Salt). The adventure continues: walk around Parc Guell, wander the streets of El Born, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Parroquia de Sant Cugat, Vila Vella (Old Town), Girona Cathedral (Catedral)
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and The Walls of Avila. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alcazar of Segovia and Museo Sorolla. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno), Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia) and Cathedral of Avila (in Avila). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Segovia, Avila, Playa del Alberche
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

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