40 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

40 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  31 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Coimbra, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand


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6
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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as CosmoCaixa Barcelona and Fenals Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Tarragona (Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Circ Roma, &more), Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town) & Parish Church of Sant Vicenc) and Lloret de Mar (Parish Church of Sant Roma & Castell d'en Plaja). There's lots more to do: stop by El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, take a stroll through Barri de Gracia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

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

Christchurch, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 32- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in August, things will get warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 33°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tarragona, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar
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CosmoCaixa Barcelona ©
CosmoCaixa Barcelona
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

3
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castell de Bellver and Sanctuary of Sant Salvador. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cala Gran and Sanctuary of Sant Salvador. When in Palma de Mallorca, make a side trip to see Cala Marcal in Portocolom, approximately Portocolom away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Eulalia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Sant Francesc, pick up some local products at Mercado de Santa Catalina, and steep yourself in history at Sa Llotja.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cala Marcal, Sanctuary of Sant Salvador, Sanctuary of Sant Salvador, Cala Gran
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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Sanctuary of Sant Salvador ©
Sanctuary of Sant Salvador
Sanctuary of Sant Salvador ©
Sanctuary of Sant Salvador

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museu Faller de Valencia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, then steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Grail, and finally admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Coves de Sant Josep, hike along The Via Verde Green Route, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, then examine the collection at L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Valencia online attractions planner.

Getting from Palma de Mallorca to Valencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. September in Valencia sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Via Verde Green Route, Coves de Sant Josep
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Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats ©
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Puerta de Bisagra. Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo & Casco Historico de Toledo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala, and have some family-friendly fun at Fox In A Box Madrid.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Valencia in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take a stroll through Casco Viejo, then catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, then admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Puppy. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of La Salve Bridge, explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, get engrossed in the history at Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Santiago, and finally stop by Paragueria Leoz.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Bilbao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum ©
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market

3
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela and Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico and Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Botafumeiro, examine the collection at Museo Catedralicio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de San Fructuoso, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa de la Troya.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Compostela trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bilbao in September: highs in Santiago de Compostela hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites Museums
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Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo ©
Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela
Colegiata del Sar ©
Colegiata del Sar

3
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Walls of Avila and Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja). Get a sense of the local culture at Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca and St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban). Venture out of the city with trips to Avila (Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, Parish of St. Peter the Apostle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, examine the collection at Museo de la Historia de Automocion, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Monterrey, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Anaya.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Salamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Salamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in September, expect nights in Salamanca to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Avila
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Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de España and Royal Tobacco Factory. Discover out-of-the-way places like Archaeological Ensemble of Italica and Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de la Magdalena, admire the striking features of Casa Palacio de Las Duenas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Caridad.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seville travel route tool.

Drive from Salamanca to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seville when traveling from Salamanca in September, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Batalha Monastery and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz. Discover out-of-the-way places like University of Coimbra and Capelas Imperfeitas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coimbra: Tomar (Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais & Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista) and Castelo de Ourém (in Ourem). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sala dos Capelos, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St Michael, admire the landmark architecture of Torre de Almedina, and go for a walk through Rua Ferreira Borges.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Coimbra road trip planner.

You can drive from Seville to Coimbra in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seville in September, with highs in Coimbra at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Batalha, Tomar, Castelo de Ourém
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra
Castelo de Ourém ©
Castelo de Ourém

3
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Capela dos Ossos and Centro Historico de Evora are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Evora: Montemor-o-Novo (Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo) & Ruinas do Castelo de Montemor-o-novo). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, examine the collection at Megalithica Ebora, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Evora trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Coimbra in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Evora: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Montemor-o-Novo, Aldeia da Terra
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) ©
Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora)

3
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Get in touch with nature at Ponta da Piedade and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia Dona Ana and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Infante Dom Henrique, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Anthony, and head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden.

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Drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from Evora, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Lagos, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Church of St. Anthony
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Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Sintra National Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal) and Castelo de Sesimbra (in Sesimbra). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, examine the collection at Fundacao Jose Saramago, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sintra, Parque Natural da Arrabida, Castelo de Sesimbra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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