16 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parish Church of Sant Roma for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Fenals Beach and Lloret Beach. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella, explore the world behind art at Casa Vicens, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona journey planning website.

Houston, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Barcelona, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in Barcelona reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Side Trip

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and The Walls of Avila are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Sorolla and Museo Cerralbo. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Avila (Basilica de San Vicente, Catedral de Avila, &more). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, make a trip to Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

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Lagos, Portugal

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta da Piedade and Praia dos Tres Irmaos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Albandeira and Pescadores Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Aurora Boat Trips (in Armacao de Pera) and Armacao de Pera Beach (in Silves). Next up on the itinerary: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Seven, head outdoors with Praia da Batata, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Alvor.

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Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lagos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Lagos to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Evora, Portugal

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 21st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, and finally head outdoors with Evora Public Garden.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Lagos, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Evora, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

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 23rd (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Colecao Berardo, then learn about all things military at Museu de Marinha, and finally steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon attractions site.

Getting from Evora to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Evora in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Spain travel guide

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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.

Portugal travel guide

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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.