7 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

7 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

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7 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 26th (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lisbon holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Lisbon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
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 28th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo de Santa Cruz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, take a stroll through Casco Historico de Toledo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, and finally make a trip to Custodia de Arfe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Toledo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Toledo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Toledo. In May in Toledo, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

You can take a train from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Room Escape Games

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Excursions Barcelona as well as Camp Nou Visit. On the 31st (Sun), catch all the local highlights with Camp Nou Visit, add some fun to your beach time Excursions Barcelona, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip site.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Excursions Barcelona ©
Excursions Barcelona

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