11 days in Portugal, Island of Malta & Madrid Itinerary

11 days in Portugal, Island of Malta & Madrid Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Sliema, Malta
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Obidos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6

Sliema, Malta

— 2 nights
Situated on Malta's northeastern coastline, Sliema features a well-developed waterfront, the favorite stomping ground of the nation's wealthy upper class.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Soap Cafe, then Head underground at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Co-Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Upper Barrakka Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sliema driving holiday planning app.

New York City, USA to Sliema is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sliema is 6 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sliema

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, then meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, admire the striking features of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online holiday planner.

Fly from Sliema to Lisbon in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sliema to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sliema in July, expect little chillier with lows of 63°F in Lisbon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Obidos, Portugal

— 3 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Explore Obidos' surroundings by going to Fatima (Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima & O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo) and Batalha Monastery (in Batalha). On the 30th (Sat), fill your day with colorful shopping at Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, and take in the pleasant sights at Rua Direita.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Obidos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Obidos hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Obidos

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Museo de Santa Cruz, Catedral Primada, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Obidos to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Obidos to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Obidos in August, things will get a bit warmer in Madrid: highs are around 92°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Island of Malta travel guide

4.1
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
As the largest island in the country, Island of Malta is a center for Mediterranean discovery, luxurious relaxation, historical exploration, and buzzing European nightlife. Surrounded by ancient temples and old cities, the island almost feels like an archaeological site that's been converted into a prime vacation spot. Tourists flock here for the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but you don't have to spend all your time on the beach. With a plethora of activities for any type of traveler, you may find yourself exploring a national museum, admiring the collections of boats and yachts in the bays, or people-watching in one of the many bustling squares.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.