13 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

13 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lagos, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
5
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
7
Malaga, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Cafe Majestic has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Cafe Majestic.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planning tool.

Frankfurt, Germany to Porto is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in December; daily highs in Porto reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Nightlife · Historic Sites
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately Sintra away. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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Lagos, Portugal

— 1 night

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Lagos sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
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Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Lagos to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lagos to Seville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lagos in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Seville, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

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Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba vacation planning website.

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in December, Cordoba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Granada, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Spain

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 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Alhambra and then make a trip to Carrera del Darro. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin.

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Getting from Cordoba to Granada by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cordoba in December: highs in Granada hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Malaga, Spain

— 1 night

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, then steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Malaga online day trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Granada in December: high temperatures in Malaga hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gibraltar.

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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Dolphin Adventure, then visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point, and then explore the striking landscape at The Rock of Gibraltar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Gibraltar National Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Casemates Square.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gibraltar online route maker.

Drive from Malaga to Gibraltar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gibraltar, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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
Beaches · Churches · 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.