37 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

37 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Carvoeiro, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Bus to Estación de San Roque, Train to Granada
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 4 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You've now added Lisbon by Boat to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip builder website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In May, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Carvoeiro.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

Carvoeiro, Portugal

— 4 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos and Carvalho Beach.

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Drive from Lisbon to Carvoeiro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Carvoeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Seville, Spain

— 4 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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Sevilla, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and catch a live event at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Seville journey planner.

Getting from Carvoeiro to Seville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Carvoeiro to Seville is 1 hour. May in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Ronda, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Take a break from the city and head to El Tajo de Ronda and Cueva de la Pileta. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Puente Nuevo, delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, don't miss a visit to Roman Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Don Bosco.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Ronda trip maker.

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Marbella, Spain

— 2 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marbella trip planner.

Drive from Ronda to Marbella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Marbella sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mediterranean Steps as well as Catalan Bay. On the 18th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Apes Den, make a trip to The Rock of Gibraltar, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mediterranean Steps, and finally wander the streets of Main Street. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at St. Michael's Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Rock Nature Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Catalan Bay, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grand Casemates Square.

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Drive from Marbella to Gibraltar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gibraltar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

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.
Sacromonte has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, then take a stroll through Albayzin, and then don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Granada trip app.

Getting from Gibraltar to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gibraltar in May since evenings lows in Granada dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Granada to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Madrid, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 4 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Get outdoors at Castell de Eivissa and Platja de ses Salines. When in Ibiza Town, make a side trip to see Cala Bassa in Sant Antoni de Portmany, approximately Sant Antoni de Portmany away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Necropolis del Puig des Molins, enjoy the sand and surf at Port Des Torrent, take in the awesome beauty at Sa Talaia, and head off the coast to Es Vedra.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ibiza Town vacation site.

You can fly from Madrid to Ibiza Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Madrid in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ibiza Town, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
You've now added Playa de Palma, El Arenal to your itinerary. On the 30th (Sun), make a trip to Passeig des Born, explore the historical opulence of Castell de Bellver, and then stop by Alcudia Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cuevas del Drach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Alcudia.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca road trip planning site.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Palma de Mallorca are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Montana de Montserrat and Playa Santa Maria de Llorell. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Funicular de Sant Joan in Montserrat, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, get outside with Bunker del Carmel, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

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.

Algarve travel guide

4.2
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
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.

Balearic Islands travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Nightlife · Churches
The Balearic Islands offer both varied landscapes and a temperate climate ideal for long trips to the beach. On Mallorca, the biggest member of this island family in the Mediterranean Sea, that means everything from mountain scenery attractive to hikers and cyclists to beaches featuring traditional seaside resorts. Ibiza is Europe’s favorite party island, drawing thousands of young visitors with its vibrant club scene and nighttime raves. For a quieter itinerary, Menorca is a haven of serenity, featuring secluded beaches and secret bays. Quaint Formentara highlights the simple charms of island life, like sharing a sunset meal of roasted fish with friendly locals.