24 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

24 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Portimao, Portugal
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
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Almeria, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Molina de Aragon, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Merida, Spain
— 3 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Sintra National Palace). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planning tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in September; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Portimao, Portugal

— 1 night
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha.

To find out how to plan a trip to Portimao, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Portimao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Portimao are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Portimao

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, and then make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

Getting from Portimao to Seville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Sikorski Memorial, visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point, then explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave, then learn about all things military at The Great Siege Tunnels, and finally get a dose of the wild on Dolphin Adventure.

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Drive from Seville to Gibraltar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gibraltar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Almeria.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Almeria, Spain

— 1 night
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Almeria.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Almeria driving holiday planner.

Drive from Gibraltar to Almeria in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Almeria are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Valencia planner.

Traveling by car from Almeria to Valencia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. September in Valencia sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Molina de Aragon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks

Molina de Aragon, Spain

— 1 night
Molina de Aragón is a municipality located in the province of Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Molina de Aragon.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Molina de Aragon trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Molina de Aragon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Molina de Aragon

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

You can drive from Molina de Aragon to Madrid in 2.5 hours. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Merida, Spain

— 3 nights
Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. Venture out of the city with trips to Caceres (Palace de los Golfines de Abajo, Casa Museo Arabe de Caceres Yussuf al Burch, &more) and Trujillo (Castillo de Trujillo (Trujillo Castle), Plaza Mayor de Trujillo, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Templo de Diana, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, and make a trip to Lusitania.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Merida trip planner.

You can drive from Madrid to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Merida are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Evora, Portugal

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 21st (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora holiday app.

Getting from Merida to Evora by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Merida to Evora is minus 1 hour. September in Evora sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Lisbon holiday maker.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in September, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.