20 days in Portugal, Spain & London Itinerary

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Fly to Ponta Delgada, Foot to Relva - Canto da Pia, Bus to Povoacao
Povoacao, Portugal
— 1 day
Bus to Relva - Canto da Pia, Foot to Ponta Delgada, Fly to Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fatima, Portugal
Albufeira, Portugal
— 6 nights
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights


Povoacao, Portugal — 1 day

Povoação is a municipality located in the southeastern corner of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Povoacao journey maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Povoacao is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toronto in May since evenings lows in Povoacao dip to 17°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Barcelona.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona vacation planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Povoacao to Barcelona takes 13 hours. Traveling from Povoacao to Barcelona, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Madrid, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then stop by Alfama, then get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon holiday planner.

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Fatima.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Fatima, Portugal

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fatima journey planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Fatima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Lisbon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fatima, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. You will leave for Albufeira on the 30th (Wed).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
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Albufeira, Portugal — 6 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Visiting Praia Da Rocha and Praia dos Olhos de Água will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Praia da Marinha and Algarve. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Praia do Amado (in Aljezur), Rogil (Praia Vale Dos Homens & Praia da Carriagem) and Vale de Covo Beach (in Carvoeiro). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Cordoama.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Albufeira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fatima to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fatima in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albufeira, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to London.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The British Museum and Westminster Abbey. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the London day trip planning app.

You can fly from Albufeira to London in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Albufeira in June; daily highs in London reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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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.

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.

Algarve travel guide

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.