20 days in Portugal, Spain & London Itinerary

20 days in Portugal, Spain & London Itinerary

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Fly to Ponta Delgada, Foot to Relva - Canto da Pia, Bus to Povoacao
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Povoacao, Portugal
— 1 day
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Bus to Relva - Canto da Pia, Foot to Ponta Delgada, Fly to Barcelona
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Fatima, Portugal
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 6 nights
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London, United Kingdom
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Povoacao, Portugal

— 1 day
Povoação is a municipality located in the southeastern corner of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Povoacao journey maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Povoacao is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toronto in May since evenings lows in Povoacao dip to 17°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Barcelona.

Things to do in Povoacao

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona vacation planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Povoacao to Barcelona takes 12.5 hours. Traveling from Povoacao to Barcelona, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Madrid, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then stop by Alfama, then get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon holiday planner.

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Fatima, Portugal

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fatima journey planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Fatima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Lisbon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fatima, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. You will leave for Albufeira on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Fatima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Albufeira, Portugal

— 6 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Visiting Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Praia da Falesia and Praia da Cordoama. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Rogil (Praia Vale Dos Homens & Praia da Carriagem), Praia do Amado (in Aljezur) and Vale de Covo Beach (in Carvoeiro). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água, identify plant and animal life at Lagoa dos Salgados, and enjoy the sand and surf at Algarve.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Albufeira trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fatima to Albufeira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Fatima in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albufeira, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The British Museum and National Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the London trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albufeira to London takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in June, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

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.

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.

Algarve travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.