17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Museu d'Història de Catalunya. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, visit Ciutat Vella, explore the world behind art at Casa Vicens, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Valencia.

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El Barri Gòtic ©
Must see
El Barri Gòtic
4.7
Las Ramblas ©
Neighborhood
Las Ramblas
2.8

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Valencia, Spain

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, then hit the best photo ops around with Go Valencia Tours, and then examine the collection at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, see the interesting displays at Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia, then take a stroll through Barrio del Carmen, then steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Valencia day trip app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Salamanca.

Things to do in Valencia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Valencia Cathedral ©
Historic Site
Valencia Cathedral
4.3
La Lonja de la Seda ©
World heritage site
La Lonja de la Seda
4.3

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Salamanca, Spain

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 16th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento Las Claras. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Escuelas Menores, pause for some serene contemplation at La Purisima Church, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Anaya, then admire the striking features of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Marcos Church.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salamanca trip planning tool.

Getting from Valencia to Salamanca by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Valencia in September since evenings lows in Salamanca dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

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Porto, Portugal

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Graham's Port Lodge and Taylor's Port. Your inner history buff will appreciate Guimaraes Castle and Rua das Flores. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Braga (Sameiro Sanctuary & Se de Braga) and Paco dos Duques de Braganca (in Guimaraes). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at Taste Porto Food Tours, learn about winemaking at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto road trip planner.

You can drive from Salamanca to Porto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Salamanca in September, plan for little chillier days in Porto, with highs around 27°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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Sameiro Sanctuary ©
Must see
Sameiro Sanctuary
4.6
Guimaraes Castle ©
Must see
Guimaraes Castle
4.1

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of the city life by going to Guincho Beach and Grutas de Mira de Aire. Get some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Capela Das Aparicoes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra) and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, steep yourself in history at National Palace of Queluz, and explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon itinerary planner.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Porto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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