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13 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary
Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly: 19 h 15 min
Lisbon, Portugal— 3 nights
Fly: 2 h 45 min
Porto, Portugal— 2 nights
Fly: 7 h 15 min
Granada, Spain— 3 nights
Fly: 3 h 45 min
Madrid, Spain— 3 nights
Fly: 18 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States
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City of Seven Hills
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.Head to Feira da Ladra and Mona - Ideas Storefor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castelo dos Mouros and Centro Historico de Cascais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Guincho Beach (in Cascais) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, learn the tricks of the trade with Time Out Market Lisboa, and steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner.
San Francisco, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lisbon. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.
Things to do in Lisbon
Cascais, Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros
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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.Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pick up some local products at Mercado do Bolhao, take a stroll through Rua Santa Catarina, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then look for gifts at Garrafeira do Carmo, and finally stop by Livraria Lello.
To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary planning app.
You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lisbon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Granada.
Things to do in Porto
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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.Popular historic sites such as Alhambra and Generalife are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Chocolates Sierra Nevada and Munira. Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Hilacar ArtesAna (in Bubion), Bodega La Moralea (in Pampaneira) and Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Burriana Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner.
Fly from Porto to Granada in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Porto in July, expect Granada to be a bit warmer, temps between 94°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Madrid.
Things to do in Granada
Nerja, Hilacar ArtesAna, Bodega La Moralea, Chocolates Sierra Nevada
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Cultural Capital of Spain
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.On the 16th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then stroll around Parque del Retiro, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.
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Traveling by flight from Granada to Madrid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Madrid are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Madrid
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