33 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

33 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Obidos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Aveiro, Portugal
— 1 night
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Coimbra, Portugal
— 1 night
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Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
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Mertola, Portugal
— 1 day
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Tavira, Portugal
— 1 night
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Faro, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip app.

Montreal, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Montreal to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Sintra, Portugal

— 2 nights
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 5th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, then admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace, then take in the dramatic natural features at Boca do Inferno, and finally go for a walk through Cabo da Roca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then view the masterpieces at Zazule.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sintra visit planner.

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In August in Sintra, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Obidos, Portugal

— 3 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nazare (Mercado Municipal de Nazare, Praia da Nazare, &more), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Batalha (A Loja do Caminho, Batalha Monastery, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, and admire the natural beauty at Bacalhoa Buddha Eden.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Obidos road trip planning app.

You can drive from Sintra to Obidos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sintra in August: highs in Obidos hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Porto, Portugal

— 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Dedicate the 10th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, stop by Livraria Lello, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cais da Ribeira, and contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Porto journey builder tool.

You can drive from Obidos to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aveiro.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Aveiro, Portugal

— 1 night
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro, then examine the collection at Oficina do Doce, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Ria de Aveiro.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aveiro online trip builder.

You can drive from Porto to Aveiro in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Aveiro

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Coimbra, Portugal

— 1 night
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, and finally steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Coimbra travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aveiro to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Evora, Portugal

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally steep yourself in history at Aqueduto da Agua de Prata.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Evora attractions planner.

You can drive from Coimbra to Evora in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Coimbra, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Evora, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mertola.

Things to do in Evora

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Mertola, Portugal

— 1 day
Mértola is a municipality in southeastern Portuguese Alentejo near the Spanish border. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cooperativa Oficina de Tecelagem de Mertola, get outside with Praia Fluvial da Mina de Sao Domingos, then go deep underground at Minas de Sao Domingos, and finally explore the activities along Pulo do Lobo.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Mertola trip planner.

You can drive from Evora to Mertola in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Mertola

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Tavira, Portugal

— 1 night
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, then stroll through Praia do Barril, then step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Pedro Goncalves Telmo.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tavira, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mertola to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mertola in August: highs in Tavira hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Faro.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Faro, Portugal

— 3 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): cool off at Aquashow Park. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Faro Cathedral, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Faro vacation planner.

Getting from Tavira to Faro by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Faro

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ronda (Museo Lara, Puente Nuevo, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, don't miss a visit to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seville planning tool.

You can drive from Faro to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Faro in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Granada, Spain

— 4 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Nerja (Burriana Beach, Fundación Cueva de Nerja, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, take a stroll through Albayzin, relax in sumptuous surroundings at Hammam Al Andalus Granada, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip builder website.

You can drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Granada, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Toledo.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Toledo, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Three Cultures

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, wander the streets of Casco Historico de Toledo, take an in-depth tour of Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, then see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Valle. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from San Martin Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, and finally explore the world behind art at Church of Santo Tomé.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Toledo online journey planner.

You can drive from Granada to Toledo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip planning app.

Drive from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Madrid, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

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.