16 days in Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

16 days in Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  20​h
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
Malaga, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
Alora, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Malaga, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
Johannesburg, South Africa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Eduardo VII.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Western European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sintra.

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Parque Eduardo VII ©
Parque Eduardo VII
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Santa Justa Lift ©
Santa Justa Lift

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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Sintra. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Quinta da Regaleira, then steep yourself in history at Park and National Palace of Pena, and then contemplate the long history of Sintra National Palace.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sintra trip planner.

Sintra is very close to Lisbon. In April in Sintra, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace

2
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Praia Dona Ana as well as Praia Da Rocha. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lagos holiday planner.

Drive from Sintra to Lagos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

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Side Trip

Praia Da Rocha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

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day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa), Plaza de Espana and Royal Alcázar of Seville. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa), admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip builder.

You can drive from Lagos to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Seville due to the time zone difference. In April in Seville, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Granada on the 22nd (Sat).

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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de Espana ©
Plaza de Espana
Seville Cathedral ©
Seville Cathedral

1
day
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Walk in Granada Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Sat), gain a rich perspective with Walk in Granada Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Granada custom trip planner.

Getting from Seville to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seville in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Granada, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Malaga.

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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Walk in Granada Tours ©
Walk in Granada Tours
Generalife ©
Generalife

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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 24th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Mercado Central Atarazanas and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Malaga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Alora.

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Museo Picasso Malaga ©
Museo Picasso Malaga
Mercado Central de Atarazanas ©
Mercado Central de Atarazanas

2
days
Alora, Spain

Alora
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): ride a horse along Ride With Me.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alora travel planner.

You can drive from Malaga to Alora in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Alora can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Alora

#Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Ride With Me, Team4you.es
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Malaga, Spain

Malaga
For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Malaga trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Alora to Malaga in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

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2
days
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
On the 27th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Jeronimos Monastery, then get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, and then explore the striking landscape of Arrabida Natural Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Side Trip

Arrabida Natural Park
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Padrao dos Descobrimentos ©
Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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