17 days in Spain, Portugal & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Spain, Portugal & Italy Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lagos, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Faro, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
10
Messina, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 day

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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.
To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon travel route planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In May in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will leave for Lagos on the 24th (Wed).
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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.
To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lagos online journey planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lagos are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel to Faro.
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Faro, Portugal — 1 night

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Faro online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Faro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Faro can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You will leave for Seville on the 26th (Fri).
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Seville, Spain — 1 night

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.
For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Seville day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Faro to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Faro to Seville is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You will leave for Madrid on the 27th (Sat).
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid planner.

You can fly from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Madrid. You will leave for Valencia on the 29th (Mon).
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Valencia, Spain — 1 night

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia online travel route planner.

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You will leave for Ibiza Town on the 30th (Tue).
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Ibiza Town, Spain — 1 night

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ibiza Town trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Ibiza Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Ibiza Town can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will leave for Barcelona on the 31st (Wed).
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

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.
To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona journey maker website.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will leave for Palermo on the 2nd (Fri).
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Palermo, Italy — 1 night

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Palermo day trip planning app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Palermo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. You'll set off for Messina on the 3rd (Sat).
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Messina, Italy — 2 nights

Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 4th (Sun), make a trip to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annunziata dei Catalani Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Messina day trip planning app.

You can drive from Palermo to Messina in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Catania.
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Catania, Italy — 1 night

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, then head off the coast to Isola Bella, then stroll around Villa Comunale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania, take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini, then contemplate the long history of Piazza del Duomo, then admire the local landmark of Fontana dell'Amenano, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Make your Catania itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Messina to Catania takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 1 day

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then stop by Bairro Alto, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally visit Alfama.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lisbon holiday maker website.

You can fly from Catania to Lisbon in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour.
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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.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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