15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Milan, Italy


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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.
Museo Nacional del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and explore the galleries of Museo Sorolla.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerery planner.

Milan, Italy to Madrid is an approximately 5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also take a train; or drive. In December in Madrid, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

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

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Sagrada Familia, and wander the streets of Ciutat Vella.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Lisbon.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and National Tile Museum. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Sao Jorge, pause for some serene contemplation at Estrela Basilica, examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Lisbon itinerary maker.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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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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Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 28th (Wed), stroll through Praia da Marinha, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Arte Algarve, and then kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falesia Beach and then stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Albufeira trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Albufeira are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da Marinha, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), then appreciate the history behind Torre Giralda, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Seville Museum of Fine Arts, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, then explore the historical opulence of Palacio de San Telmo, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Espana.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip generator.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Seville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Seville due to the time zone difference. December in Seville sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.

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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the striking features of Alhambra, then get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, and then contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada online itinerary creator.

Drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seville in January; daily highs in Granada reach 13°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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