18 days in Spain & Central Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Central Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Spain & Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Barcelona to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Madrid tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

3
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.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in April, Seville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

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

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Lisbon are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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