40 days in Spain & Central Portugal Itinerary

40 days in Spain & Central Portugal Itinerary

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40 days in Spain & Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Coimbra, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Peniche, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 14 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

1
night
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 3rd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa de Sitges and then stroll through La Barceloneta.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

La Playa de Sitges
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Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
La Playa de Sitges ©
La Playa de Sitges

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 5th (Tue), take a stroll through La Latina, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Alberche. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in May, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa del Alberche
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca
La Latina ©
La Latina

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Los Cahorros, engage your brain at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, look for gifts at Munira, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Granada day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Los Cahorros
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Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita-Catedral De Cordoba, then see the interesting displays at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, and finally shop like a local with Sala el Potro. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of La Caleta.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cordoba trip website .

Traveling by car from Granada to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Caleta
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
La Caleta ©
La Caleta

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 11th (Mon): explore by horseback at Centro Ecuestre Entrepinares, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then head outdoors with Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then get great views at Seville Cathedral.

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Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

6
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Convent of Christ and Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Praia Fluvial de Loriga and Praia da Barra. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Pegoes Aqueduct (in Tomar), Museu dos Descobrimentos (in Belmonte) and Castle of Almourol (in Vila Nova da Barquinha). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Castle Sortelha, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Penela.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Coimbra route planner.

You can drive from Seville to Coimbra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Coimbra is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in May; daily highs in Coimbra reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Peniche.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Fatima, Tomar, Se-Catedral da Guarda, Castelo de Castelo Novo, Museu dos Descobrimentos
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

6
nights
Peniche, Portugal

Peniche ©
Peniche is a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal. Do some cultural sightseeing at Batalha Monastery and Capelas Imperfeitas. You'll get in some beach time at Praia da Nazare and Praia do Norte. Get out of town with these interesting Peniche side-trips: Batalha (Casa Trovao & Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota), Fatima (Valinhos Sanctuary & Moeda Caves) and Praia do Salgado (in Sao Martinho do Porto). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Areia Branca, get engrossed in the history at Museu Nacional Ferroviario, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Peniche trip planning website .

You can drive from Coimbra to Peniche in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. May in Peniche sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Peniche

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Obidos, Nazare, Batalha, Alcobaca, Valinhos Sanctuary
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Monastery of Alcobaca ©
Monastery of Alcobaca

14
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get in touch with nature at Cabo da Roca and Praia Grande. For shopping fun, head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian or A Arte da Terra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Grandola (Praia de Melides & Praia da Aberta Nova), Praia das Moitas (in Estoril) and Porto Covo (Ilha do Pessegueiro & Praia da Samoqueira). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, stroll through Pego Beach, wander the streets of Belém Tower, and don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner .

You can drive from Peniche to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Lisbon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Evora, Sintra, Porto Covo, Carvalhal, Cascais
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Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

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