15 days in Greece, Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

15 days in Greece, Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights


Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary builder site.

Miami, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in October, you will find days in Madrid are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are much colder (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will enjoy Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in October, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Fira.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira online road trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Fira in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Fira due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece — 1 night

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Mytho, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip planner.

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Athens.
Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip

Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and then wander the streets of Plaka. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In October in Athens, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Castelo de S. Jorge. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, take a stroll through Alfama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Lisbon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Spain travel guide

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.

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Mykonos travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.