13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States


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2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Jacinta & Maria Chocolates & Catedral Primada). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, steep yourself in history at Museo Sorolla, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, explore the galleries of Royal Alcázar of Seville, learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, and finally admire the striking features of Seville Museum of Fine Arts. On the next day, admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seville vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in November; daily highs in Seville reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

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

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castelo de Sao Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Belém Tower, look for gifts at A Outra Face da Lua, explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lisbon custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In November in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some historical perspective at El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral. Head to Las Ramblas and La Boqueriafor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Casa Batlló, see the interesting displays at Casa Milà, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell, and explore and take pictures at Camp Nou.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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