21 days in Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

21 days in Portugal & South of Spain Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly to Malaga, Bus to Granada
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Sagres, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Monte Gordo, Portugal
— 1 night
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Sintra, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Porto trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Porto is 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Porto hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Granada, Spain

— 3 nights

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.
On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Nicolas and then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, then explore the galleries of Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and finally take a stroll through Albayzin.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Porto to Granada in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in July, expect Granada to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de España and Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Alcázar of Seville and Palacio de San Telmo. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, stop by Triana, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Granada to Seville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Albufeira, Portugal

— 4 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia da Marinha and Praia Da Rocha. Take a break from the city and head to Sabino Boat Tours and Praia Gale. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Carvalho Beach (in Carvoeiro), Canastra (in Estoi) and Castelo de Silves (in Silves). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia, stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água, get your game on at Hot Wheels Raceway, and identify plant and animal life at Dolphins Driven.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Albufeira trip tool.

Traveling by car from Seville to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Seville in July, plan for little chillier days in Albufeira, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Sagres, Portugal

— 4 nights

End of the World

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Visit Fortaleza de Sagres and Castelo de Aljezur for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Praia do Camilo and Praia Dona Ana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sagres: Pro Putting Garden (in Lagos), Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe) and Aljezur (Praia Da Amoreira & Arrifana Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sagres online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Sagres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monte Gordo.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Monte Gordo, Portugal

— 1 night
Visitors from far and wide flock to Monte Gordo to make the most of the area's expansive white-sand beaches.
On the 7th (Mon), stroll through Praia de Monte Gordo, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Castro Marim, and then kick back and relax at Praia Verde.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monte Gordo trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Sagres to Monte Gordo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Monte Gordo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Monte Gordo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Sintra, Portugal

— 3 nights
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sintra: Lisbon (Alfama, Basilica da Estrela, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, and admire the landmark architecture of Sintra National Palace.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sintra day trip planner.

Drive from Monte Gordo to Sintra in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monte Gordo in August, Sintra is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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.