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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Porto travel website.

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect Porto to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 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 · Beaches
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), make a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Alhambra, then explore the galleries of Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, then steep yourself in history at Generalife, and finally wander the streets of Albayzin.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto to Granada takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Granada is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in July, with highs in Granada at 40°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de España and Barrio Santa Cruz. Get some historical perspective at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Casa de Pilatos. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and make a trip to Torre del Oro.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seville route app.

You can drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Get in touch with nature at Praia da Marinha and Praia Da Rocha. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia da Falesia and Praia Gale. Venture out of the city with trips to Sabino Boat Tours (in Olhao), Carvalho Beach (in Carvoeiro) and Castelo de Silves (in Silves). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia Sao Rafael, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água, see majestic marine mammals with Dolphins Driven, and have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Albufeira online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Seville to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in July, you will find days in Albufeira are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fortaleza de Sagres and Castelo de Aljezur are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Praia do Camilo and Praia da Luz. Venture out of the city with trips to Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe), Aljezur (Praia Da Amoreira & Arrifana Beach) and Lagos (Pro Putting Garden & Praia Dona Ana).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sagres route tool.

Drive from Albufeira to Sagres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Sagres, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Monte Gordo, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Castro Marim, and then kick back and relax at Praia Verde.

Before you visit Monte Gordo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Sagres to Monte Gordo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Monte Gordo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Monte Gordo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sintra: Lisbon (Alfama, Castelo de S. Jorge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, stroll through Quinta da Regaleira, and admire the landmark architecture of Sintra National Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sintra journey site.

You can drive from Monte Gordo to Sintra in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Sintra when traveling from Monte Gordo in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish up 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.