15 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

15 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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15 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Cairo, Egypt

2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the striking features of Casa Amatller. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip builder tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Barcelona is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our Madrid route tool .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Madrid is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Ronda.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, and finally explore by horseback at Paddock Paradise Ronda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): head outdoors with Ronda Dressage, then snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Paseo Blas Infante.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ronda driving holiday app .

You can take a train from Madrid to Ronda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect Ronda to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Wineries Parks
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

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.
On the 8th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seville day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Seville are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

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

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner .

You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

1
night
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 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and finally don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto road trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris journey planning app .

Fly from Porto to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in December, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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