18 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 1 day
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 1 day

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then take a stroll through Gran Via, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

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Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and take a stroll through Alfama.

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Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seville in August: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 35°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Porto, Portugal

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

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Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, Porto is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago de Compostela: Islas Cies (in Cies Islands), Plaza de Maria Pita (in La Coruna) and Playa Samil (in Vigo). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela and make a trip to Botafumeiro.

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Traveling by car from Porto to Santiago de Compostela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Santiago de Compostela is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Santiago de Compostela can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Segovia (Alcazar of Segovia & Acueduct of Segovia) and Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). Explore Madrid further: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

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Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santiago de Compostela in August; daily highs in Madrid reach 39°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · 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

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.