17 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

17 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Sacramento, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Sacramento, United States


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3
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, parks, nightlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, and steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

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Sacramento, USA to Porto is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Sacramento to Porto. Traveling from Sacramento in May, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Museums Parks
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lisbon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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

3
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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, parks, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, make a trip to Metropol Parasol, browse the exhibits of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and walk around Parque de Maria Luisa.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel route site .

You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seville in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip builder site .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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