13 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

13 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Caceres, Spain
— 2 nights
3
Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Toledo, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 9th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Alfama, then take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, and finally don't miss a visit to Cabo da Roca.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Lisbon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Caceres.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Castelo dos Mouros, Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

2
nights
Caceres, Spain

Caceres ©
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to Plaza de San Jorge, explore the world behind art at Palace de los Golfines de Abajo, get curious at Museo Apple e Historia de la Computacion, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor de Trujillo, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio del Marques de la Conquista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Monfrague National Park.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Caceres trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Lisbon to Caceres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Caceres hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salamanca.

Things to do in Caceres

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trujillo
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Monfrague National Park ©
Monfrague National Park
Plaza Mayor de Trujillo ©
Plaza Mayor de Trujillo

2
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the views from Puente Romano, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then admire the landmark architecture of Escuelas Menores, then get to know the fascinating history of Salamanca,Casco Historico, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Arribes del Duero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), then contemplate the long history of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Universidad de Salamanca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salamanca trip planner .

You can drive from Caceres to Salamanca in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Caceres in July, expect Salamanca to be slightly colder, temps between 37°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Parque Natural Arribes del Duero
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Salamanca,Casco Historico ©
Salamanca,Casco Historico
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus

2
nights
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Jacinta & Maria Chocolates, take a stroll through Casco Historico de Toledo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Valle, and finally appreciate the history behind Estatua de Miguel de Cervantes. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Custodia de Arfe, admire the landmark architecture of Ayuntamiento de Toledo, admire the masterpieces at Church of Santo Tomé, then explore the world behind art at Museo del Greco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Toledo attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Toledo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Toledo when traveling from Salamanca in July, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo
Mirador del Valle ©
Mirador del Valle

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): walk around Retiro Park, examine the collection at Prado National Museum, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and finally admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by train from Toledo to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Madrid are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Madrid

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

2
nights
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 18th (Thu), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Plaza del Pilar, then pause for some photo ops at Palacio de la Aljaferia, then make a trip to El Tubo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, then make a trip to Pasaje de La Industria, then make a trip to Calle Alfonso I, and finally explore the activities along El Ebro.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zaragoza trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Zaragoza takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

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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 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Placa Espanya, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then stroll around Ciutadella Park, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Zaragoza in July, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Food Tours
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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