18 days in Lisbon & Spain Itinerary

18 days in Lisbon & Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Lisbon & Spain Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States


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3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planning website .

Seattle, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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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.
On the 15th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Divin Sauveur and then admire the striking features of Torre del Oro. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alcazaba (in Malaga) and Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcon de Europa). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some photo ops at Royal Chapel of Granada.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Granada route builder website .

Getting from Seville to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Granada, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nerja, Alcazaba
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, walk around Parque del Retiro, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Granada to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Madrid are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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