16 days in Portugal, Madrid & Andalucia Itinerary

16 days in Portugal, Madrid & Andalucia Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal, Madrid & Andalucia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Train:  2​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sintra, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Real Jardin Botanico. Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online travel planner .

Barcelona to Madrid is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro and then steep yourself in history at Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally wander the streets of Albayzin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Granada holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Metropol Parasol, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

Plan trip to Seville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods 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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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, take a stroll through Alfama, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip app .

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 August, Lisbon is a bit cooler than Seville - with highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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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, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get lost in a book at Livraria Lello.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: high temperatures in Porto hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo da Roca, don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, and then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sintra online road trip planner .

Drive from Porto to Sintra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in August, expect nights in Sintra to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Cascais, Cabo da Roca, Obidos Village
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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