15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Washington DC, United States

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the galleries of Museo Cerralbo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, thenstop by La Latina, thenshop like a local with Cava Baja Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, thendon't miss a visit to Puerta de Bisagra, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary builder site.

Washington DC, USA to Madrid is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Madrid is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Madrid, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo ©
MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town) are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Girona (Girona Cathedral (Catedral) & Patronat Call de Girona), Parish Church of Sant Roma (in Lloret de Mar) and Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt (in Santa Coloma de Cervello). There's much more to do: stop by El Barri Gòtic, take a stroll through El Born, stroll around Parc Guell, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Girona, Parish Church of Sant Roma, Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
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Barri de Gracia ©
Barri de Gracia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Batalha Monastery and Basilica da Santissima Trindade. Explore hidden gems such as Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina). Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Evora (Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) & Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora)), Capela Das Aparicoes (in Fatima) and Convento dos Loios (in Arraiolos). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Evora, Fatima, Batalha, Convento dos Loios
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Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina) ©
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) ©

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
On the 10th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Puerta de Bisagra, thenexamine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, thenvisit La Latina, thensteep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo ©
MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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