37 days in Spain, Northern Portugal & Central Portugal Itinerary

37 days in Spain, Northern Portugal & Central Portugal Itinerary

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37 days in Spain, Northern Portugal & Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Segovia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nerja, Spain
— 4 nights
6
Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Girona Cathedral (Catedral) and Ciutat Vella. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Peratallada (in Peratallada), Patronat Call de Girona (in Girona) and Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol) (in Pubol). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Vila Vella (Old Town), pick up some local products at La Boqueria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Barcelona is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Barcelona sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Girona, Parish Church of Sant Roma, Sculpturepark Jardíns de Cap Roig, Vila Vella (Old Town), Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Catedral De Cuenca. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Barrio de Salamanca and Cava Baja Gallery. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza (in Siguenza), Toledo (Puerta de Bisagra, Casco Historico de Toledo, & more) and Cuenca (Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge), Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and kick back and relax at Playa del Alberche.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Madrid vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are a bit cooler (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Segovia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Toledo, Cuenca, Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza, Playa del Alberche
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza ©
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Segovia, Spain

Segovia ©
As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
On your second day here, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Segovia, then learn about all things military at Alcazar de Segovia, and finally don't miss a visit to Acueduct of Segovia.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Segovia journey app .

Take a train from Madrid to Segovia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Segovia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Segovia

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Monasterio de San Antonio El Real ©
Monasterio de San Antonio El Real

4
nights
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.
Alhambra and Monasterio Cartuja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) and Baeza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Jaén Cathedral (in Jaen) and Ubeda (Centro Historico, Sinagoga del Agua, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, steep yourself in history at La Madraza, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and pause for some photo ops at Royal Chapel of Granada.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Segovia to Granada in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Granada, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Ubeda, Jaén Cathedral, Museo De Baeza
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada

4
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of El Salvador and Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil. Step out of the city life by going to Fundación Cueva de Nerja and Playa de la Cala el Canuelo. There's much more to do: make a trip to Balcon de Europa, stroll through Playa Torrecilla, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Alberquilla, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Nerja Book Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nerja trip planner .

You can drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Nerja sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil ©
Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa

4
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City and Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor. Visiting Playa de Bolonia and El Tajo de Ronda will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ronda side-trips: Castle of Jimena de la Frontera (in Jimena de la Frontera), Riding Fun In The Sun (in Casares) and Ubrique (Ciudad Romana de Ocuri & Leather Museum of Ubrique). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, look for gifts at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nerja in September, you will find days in Ronda are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ubrique, Castle of Jimena de la Frontera, Riding Fun In The Sun, Playa de Bolonia
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Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Old City ©
Old City

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barrio Santa Cruz and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla. Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Castillo de Almodovar (in Almodovar del Rio), Cordoba (Patio de los Naranjos, Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolome, & more) and Panteon de Marinos Ilustres (in San Fernando). There's lots more to do: stroll through Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol, do a tasting at Bodegas Luis Perez, and take in the views from Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seville sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Seville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cordoba, Jerez De La Frontera, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, Panteon de Marinos Ilustres, Castillo de Almodovar
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Casa de Sefarad ©
Casa de Sefarad
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios and Torre dos Clerigos. Do your shopping at Palacio da Bolsa and Mercado Bom Sucesso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Castelo de Chaves (in Chaves), Se de Braga (in Braga) and Coimbra (Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) & Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the activities along Rio Douro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Seville to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Porto is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in September: high temperatures in Porto hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Coimbra, Castelo de Chaves, Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Se de Braga
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Batalha (Batalha Monastery & Capelas Imperfeitas). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning site .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Porto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, Fatima, Batalha, Aldeia da Terra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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