13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Ibiza Town, Spain
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Porto, Portugal
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Albufeira, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Madrid is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 11th (Sat): wander the streets of El Born, pick up some local products at Mercat Santa Caterina, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Catalunya, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 1 night

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, step into the grandiose world of Castell de Eivissa, then stop by Dalt Vila, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Esglesia de Santa Gertrudis. On your second day here, examine the collection at Necropolis del Puig des Molins and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de ses Figueretes.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ibiza Town itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Ibiza Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, then do a tasting at Casa Ramos Pinto, and finally do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, then do a tasting at Taylor's Port, and finally take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Porto online route planner.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Porto in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, Porto is a bit cooler than Ibiza Town - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Albufeira, Portugal

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 17th (Fri), kick back and relax at Inatel Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albufeira, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Do your shopping at Barrio de Salamanca and Mercado San Miguel. Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and National Archaeological Museum of Spain. See some other sides of Madrid: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and get outside with IMTBIKE.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madrid journey planning site.

You can fly from Albufeira to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albufeira in September, expect little chillier with lows of 59°F in Madrid. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Ibiza travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Outdoor Activities
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.

Portugal travel guide

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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.