23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 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 4th (Sat): visit El Barri Gòtic, don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

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. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

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 Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Catedral Primada & Church of Santo Tomé). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and examine the collection at Caixa Forum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid planning website.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Madrid, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Seville, Spain

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seville: Ronda (El Tajo de Ronda & Puente Nuevo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, don't miss a visit to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Faro.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Faro, Portugal

— 4 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Faro: Tavira (Camera Obscura - Tavira EYE, Tavira Island, &more), Praia de Monte Gordo (in Monte Gordo) and Cabanas de Tavira Beach (in Cabanas). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Massagens no Sotao.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Faro trip planner.

Getting from Seville to Faro by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Faro due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Faro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Faro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and take a stroll through Alfama.

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Traveling by flight from Faro to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip 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 · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 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.
Dedicate the 23rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), explore the activities along Douro River, and stop by Livraria Lello.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Porto attractions planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in September: high temperatures in Porto hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Shopping · Parks
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.