13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona attractions site.

New York City, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in March, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Madrid.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, then stroll around Parque del Retiro, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Seville, Spain — 1 night

City of Towers

On the 24th (Sat), make a trip to Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in March; daily highs in Seville reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Lisbon.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon route planner.

Getting from Seville to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Porto.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

On the 28th (Wed), wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, explore the activities along Douro River, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Museu Serralves, look for gifts at Prometeu, pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, then shop like a local with Livraria Lello, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.

Portugal travel guide

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.