43 days in Western Europe Itinerary

43 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 7 nights
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El Rocio, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive to Jerez Airport, Fly to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 8 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Porto, Portugal

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Taste Porto Food Tours and Guimaraes Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Graham's Port Lodge and Porto Augusto's. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca & Largo da Oliveira). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Taylor's Port, get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and kick back and relax at Matosinhos Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip tool.

Dallas, USA to Porto is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Dallas in October, expect Porto to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, &more) and Guincho Beach (in Cascais). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, learn about all things military at Museu de Marinha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip website.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lisbon are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Lagos, Portugal

— 7 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ponta da Piedade and Praia Da Rocha. Escape the urban bustle at Praia dos Pescadores and Clubhouse Onyria Palmares. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Albufeira (Praia da Coelha & Praia de Santa Eulalia), Vale de Centeanes Beach (in Carvoeiro) and Wildwatch Algarve (in Ferragudo). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Monte Clérigo.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos travel site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Lagos, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to El Rocio.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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El Rocio, Spain

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Donana Nature and Playa Torre de Rio de Oro. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Mazagon and Playa Del Parador. Explore El Rocio's surroundings by going to Iglesias San Juan Bautista de La Palma del Condado (in La Palma del Condado) and Centro del Vino Condado de Huelva (in Bollullos Par del Condado).

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read El Rocio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to El Rocio takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in El Rocio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in El Rocio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Prado National Museum and Naval Museum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena will appeal to history buffs. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Real Colegio de Doncellas Nobles, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, take a stroll through La Latina, admire the striking features of Museo Cerralbo, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Madrid trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from El Rocio to Madrid with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from El Rocio in October, with highs in Madrid at 73°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

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Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA and Museu d'Història de Catalunya will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Castelldefels to see Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and engage your brain at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona vacation planning site.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

Nice, France

— 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée Marc Chagall. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Abbaye du Thoronet are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot), Grasse (Le Musee du Parfum & Musee Fragonard) and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, make a trip to La Croisette, and admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice travel route tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, learn about all things military at The Army Museum, and see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation maker site.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in November, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 51°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 18:

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.

Province of Huelva travel guide

3.7
Caves · Landmarks · Churches
An important region in maritime history, the Province of Huelva is known for Christopher Colombus’ famous sailing to the Americas in 1492. Although one of the lesser-known regions of Spain, its delayed influx of tourism has allowed the region to develop culturally and economically without interruption. Bordered by the beautiful Morena mountain range in the north and unspoiled Atlantic beaches in the east, the region is home to the 24,000 hectare (60,000 acre) of wetlands and wildlife that comprise the Coto de Doñana national park.