18 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

18 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Malaga, Spain
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
2
Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Albufeira, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Sines, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Oeiras, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
La Coruna, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

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night
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Malaga Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, and then get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through La Carihuela, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Gibralfaro, and then stroll through Playa de La Malagueta.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga tour itinerary site .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Malaga is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in July: high temperatures in Malaga hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Malaga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

La Carihuela
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Playa de La Malagueta ©
Playa de La Malagueta
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro

2
nights
Marbella, Spain

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bioparc Fuengirola, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Cabopino Beach and Marina, and then wander the streets of Marbella Old Quarter.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marbella trip planner .

Traveling by car from Malaga to Marbella takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bioparc
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Bioparc ©
Bioparc
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town

few
hours
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Main Street and then explore the activities along Catalan Bay.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gibraltar online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Marbella to Gibraltar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marbella in July, expect nights in Gibraltar to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Beaches Nature Parks
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Catalan Bay ©
Catalan Bay
Main Street ©
Main Street

1
night
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gibraltar to Seville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Gibraltar, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 23°C. You'll set off for Albufeira on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Seville

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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4
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town Faro and Ermida de Sao Sebastiao. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia marinha and Praia dos Salgados. Take a break from Albufeira with a short trip to Praia de Monte Gordo in Monte Gordo, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Gale, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição).

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip maker app .

Getting from Seville to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Albufeira. When traveling from Seville in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Albufeira: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sines.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Algarve, Praia da Marinha, Praia de Monte Gordo, Ermida de Sao Sebastiao, Old Town Faro
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Praia Gale ©
Praia Gale

1
night
Sines, Portugal

Sines ©
Sines is a Portuguese city of Setúbal District, the Alentejo region and subregion of the Alentejo coast, with about 18,298 inhabitants (2015 INE). On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia and then kick back and relax at Comporta Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sines trip planning app .

Drive from Lagos to Sines in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Oeiras.

Things to do in Sines

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia, Badoca Safari Park, Comporta Beach
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Badoca Safari Park ©
Badoca Safari Park

4
nights
Oeiras, Portugal

Oeiras ©
Oeiras is a municipality in western part of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, subregion of Greater Lisbon, in continental Portugal. Visit Praia de Carcavelos and Troia Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Cabo da Roca and Praia Foz do Arelho. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oeiras: Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei.

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You can drive from Sines to Oeiras in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Oeiras

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Praia de Carcavelos, Troia Beach, Praia Foz do Arelho, Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Convent of Christ
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Troia Beach ©
Troia Beach
Praia de Carcavelos ©
Praia de Carcavelos
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll through Cais da Ribeira, explore the activities along Rio Douro, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clerigos Tower. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, kick back and relax at Praia dos Ingleses, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro.

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

Traveling by car from Oeiras to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Oeiras in July, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Coruna.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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nights
La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna ©
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and then grab your bike and head to Vista Galicia - Day Tours. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Monte de San Pedro, then visit a coastal fixture at Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), and then stroll through Playa de Santa Cristina.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Coruna tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Porto to La Coruna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to La Coruna due to the time zone difference. In July in La Coruna, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in La Coruna

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Santiago de Compostela, Playa de Santa Cristina
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Vista Galicia - Day Tours ©
Vista Galicia - Day Tours
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) ©

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