11 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

11 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Windsor, Canada
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
End: Windsor, Canada


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2
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lisbon sightseeing planning app .

Windsor, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 8th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve and then hike along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Albufeira trip maker site .

You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lagoa, Ponta Da Piedale
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get your game on at Fox In A Box Madrid, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque del Retiro, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner .

You can fly from Albufeira to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albufeira to Madrid is 1 hour. While traveling from Albufeira, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona online tour planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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