23 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

23 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de La Barceloneta and Sailing Experience Barcelona. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and explore the engaging exhibits at CaixaForum Barcelona.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip tool.

Portland, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Take a break from the city and head to Praia da Nazare and Lisbon by Boat. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Estrela, and pedal to the sights with Portugal Bike.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip builder tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla. Popular historic sites such as Royal Alcázar of Seville and Casa de Pilatos are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, browse the exhibits of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Seville is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Gibraltar on the 22nd (Thu).
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar — 2 nights

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Rock of Gibraltar, then explore the activities along Catalan Bay, and then Head underground at St. Michael's Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, learn about all things military at The Great Siege Tunnels, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Apes Den, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Casemates Square.

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Traveling by car from Seville to Gibraltar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 2 nights

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 24th (Sat), stroll through Generalife, then see the interesting displays at Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

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You can drive from Gibraltar to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gibraltar in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Granada. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Appreciate the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Step out of the city life by going to Faunia and Playa del Alberche. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Granada to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Nova Mar Bella Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip website.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

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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

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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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