15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Doha, Qatar


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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.
Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Base Elements Urban Art Gallery. Kids will enjoy Parc Guell and Barceloneta Beach. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planning tool .

Doha, Qatar to Barcelona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in December, things will get a bit cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 59°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

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Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Do your shopping at Mercado San Miguel and Rio Creative Art Center. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park, take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, shop like a local with Barrio de Salamanca, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Madrid at 54°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, stop by Malanga - Hecho a Mano, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Calle Sierpes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seville planner .

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, Seville is somewhat warmer than Madrid - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Belém Tower. Do your shopping at Avenida da Liberdade and Forms. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, wander the streets of Bairro Alto, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon attractions planner.

You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. In January, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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