15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to João Paulo II Airport
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, then get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and then explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades. On the next day, get great views at Serra da Barrosa Viewpoint, contemplate the waterfront views at Poca Da Dona Beija, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in November; daily highs in Ponta Delgada reach 66°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip website.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Ponta Delgada in November, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

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Porto, Portugal

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 19th (Tue): take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, stop by Livraria Lello, take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Porto trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Porto are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

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Seville, Spain

City of Towers

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 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, then admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Divin Sauveur.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Fly from Porto to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In November in Seville, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid visit planner.

Fly from Seville to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in November, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

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Barcelona, Spain

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 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Madrid - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.