13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
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Morro del Jable, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 27th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Gran Via, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Puerta de Bisagra, then explore the galleries of Church of Santo Tomé, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid holiday planning site.

Manchester, UK to Madrid is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: highs in Madrid hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Lisbon Oceanarium and Belém Tower. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and stop by Alfama.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour planning app.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Madrid - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Maspalomas.
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Maspalomas, Spain — 2 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Maspalomas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Gran Massage - Massage Gran Canaria Maspalomas Playa del Ingles. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan, identify plant and animal life at La Charca, then kick back and relax at Las Canteras Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Los Perros de La Plaza de Santa Ana.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Maspalomas travel planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Maspalomas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Lisbon in December, expect Maspalomas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Morro del Jable.
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Morro del Jable, Spain — 2 nights

On the 3rd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sotavento Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Sotavento, and then don't miss a visit to Morro del Jable. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Cofete and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Thai Massage Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Morro del Jable day trip tool.

Getting from Maspalomas to Morro del Jable by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Morro del Jable can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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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.
On the 5th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Amatller. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and then walk around Parc Guell.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Fly from Morro del Jable to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Morro del Jable in January, expect Barcelona to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
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.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.
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