18 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal — 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. For shopping fun, head to Avenida da Liberdade or Rossio Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, The Sintra Gift, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Alfama, visit Bairro Alto, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon holiday planning app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Lisbon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Lisbon is little chillier than Sao Paulo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): walk around Museu Serralves, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Sandeman Cellars, then wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Compostela.
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 2 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo Catedralicio, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela. On your second day here, do a tasting at Pazo Baion, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro, then see the interesting displays at Museo do Pobo Galego, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa de la Troya.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Porto to Santiago de Compostela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Porto in November, with highs in Santiago de Compostela at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Lope de Vega Museum. Do your shopping at Mercado San Miguel and Real Fabrica. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, walk around Parque del Retiro, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Madrid, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Head to La Boqueria and ANOTHERGREATSHOPfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), view the masterpieces at Gallery Ex Machina, admire the masterpieces at Joan Miro Foundation, and walk around Parc Guell.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in November; daily highs in Barcelona reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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Spain travel guide

4.5
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.
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