23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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23 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Trujillo, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Horta, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sao Roque do Pico, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Cerro de los Angeles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Maria Magdalena. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, steep yourself in history at Basilica de la Asuncion de Nuestra Senora de Colmenar Viejo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Carmelitas de Afuera o del Corpus Christi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, then examine the collection at Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Justo Gallego.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Madrid. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Madrid to be a bit warmer, temps between 92°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Alcala De Henares, Getafe, Colmenar Viejo, Catedral de Justo Gallego
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Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas ©
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the striking features of Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Bodega Eudald Massana Noya, do a tasting at Cava Guilera, and then do a tasting at Caves Anna d’ Codorniu.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla, Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, Cava Guilera, Caves Anna d’ Codorniu
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Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt ©
Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona ©
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona

3
nights
Trujillo, Spain

Trujillo ©
Trujillo is a municipality located in the province of Cáceres, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Popular historic sites such as Monasterio Del Santisimo Cristo De La Victoria and Medellin Castle are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor and Bodegas Ruiz Torres. Get out of town with these interesting Trujillo side-trips: Mina Costanaza (in Logrosan), Teatro romano Medellin (in Medellin) and Museo Etnografico (in Don Benito). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglessia y Convento de Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Acueducto de Plasencia, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua Ecuestre de Francisco Pizarro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Trujillo day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Barcelona to Trujillo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Trujillo: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Plasencia, Medellin, Bodegas Ruiz Torres, Museo Etnografico, Mina Costanaza
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Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor ©
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor
Acueducto de Plasencia ©
Acueducto de Plasencia
Museo Etnografico ©
Museo Etnografico

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Quinta do Popa and Catedral de Lamego. Visit Sao Bento da Porta Aberta and Sao Goncalo Church for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman (in Tabuaco) and Quinta da Pacheca (in Lamego). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, get engrossed in the history at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, stroll through Parque Urbano de Moutidos, and browse the different shops at NorteShopping.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto travel route planning site .

Drive from Trujillo to Porto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Trujillo to Porto. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Trujillo in August; daily highs in Porto reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lamego, Tabuaco, Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, Igreja de São Gonçalo, Sao Bento da Porta Aberta
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Quinta do Popa ©
Quinta do Popa
Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego
Igreja de São Gonçalo ©
Igreja de São Gonçalo

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Porto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 63°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Horta.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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2
nights
Horta, Portugal

Horta ©
Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. On the 16th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Porto Pim. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Horta Regional Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get great views at Miradouro de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Horta online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lisbon to Horta. Traveling from Lisbon to Horta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Horta: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sao Roque do Pico.

Things to do in Horta

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia do Porto Pim ©
Praia do Porto Pim
Horta Regional Museum ©
Horta Regional Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Sao Roque do Pico, Portugal

Sao Roque do Pico ©
São Roque do Pico is a municipality in the northern part of the island of Pico, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Explore hidden gems such as Vinhas da Criacao Velha Trail and Cooperativa Vitivinicola da Ilha do Pico. Museu da Industria Baleeira and Adega A Buraca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Roque do Pico: Lajes do Pico (Parque Florestal de Sao Joao, Fort of Santa Catarina, & more), Casa da Montanha (in Madalena) and Quinta Do Cavalo (in Piedade). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Centro de Interpretacao da Paisagem da Cultura da Vinha da Ilha do Pico and contemplate the waterfront views at Capitao Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sao Roque do Pico trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Horta to Sao Roque do Pico in 1.5 hours. August in Sao Roque do Pico sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Sao Roque do Pico

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lajes do Pico, Madalena, Trilha de Vinhas, Adega A Buraca, Quinta Do Cavalo
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Quinta Do Cavalo ©
Quinta Do Cavalo
Adega A Buraca ©
Adega A Buraca
Museu da Industria Baleeira ©
Museu da Industria Baleeira

4
nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Nossa Senhora da Paz and Sinagoga Sahar Hassamain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Farol Ponta do Arnel and Castelo Branco are in your itinerary. Explore Ponta Delgada's surroundings by going to Nordeste (Viewpoint of Ponta da Madrugada & Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego) and Mosteiros (Natural Pool & Mosteiros Beach). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo, head outdoors with Lagoa do Congro, stop by Louvre Michaelense, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Azul, Sao Miguel Acores.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip website .

Explore your travel options from Sao Roque do Pico to Ponta Delgada with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nordeste, Vila Franca do Campo, Mosteiros, Lagoa Azul, Sao Miguel Acores, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Igreja do Santo Cristo ©
Igreja do Santo Cristo
Nossa Senhora da Paz ©
Nossa Senhora da Paz
Farol Ponta do Arnel ©
Farol Ponta do Arnel

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