19 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

19 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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19 days in Portugal, Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
3
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Canada


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2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
On the 17th (Fri), walk around Parque da Cidade do Porto and then get great views at Porto Bridge Climb. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja dos Carmelitas, take in the waterfront at Ribeira Square, then explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos.

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Montreal, Canada to Porto is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Porto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ilhavo, Museu de Aveiro, Porto Augusto's
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Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural da Arrabida, explore the historical opulence of Palacio Nacional de Mafra, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and finally take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Parque das Nacoes, and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: highs in Lisbon hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Parque Natural da Arrabida
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Parque Natural da Arrabida ©
Parque Natural da Arrabida
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Palacio Nacional de Mafra ©
Palacio Nacional de Mafra

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Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, enjoy the sand and surf at Tres Castelos Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Lagos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

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Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the striking features of Plaza de España, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, steep yourself in history at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, explore the world behind art at Las Duenas, examine the collection at Hospital de los Venerables, then see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Sevilla.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seville road trip planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Seville due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lagos, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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nights
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at The Rock of Gibraltar, enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, learn about all things military at The Great Siege Tunnels, Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, and finally take a stroll through Main Street. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Mediterranean Steps, get great views at O'Hara's Battery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Apes Den, contemplate the waterfront views at Catalan Bay, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Casemates Square, and finally shop like a local with Gibraltar Crystal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gibraltar tour app .

Drive from Seville to Gibraltar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in July: highs in Gibraltar hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave
The Great Siege Tunnels ©
The Great Siege Tunnels

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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, see the interesting displays at Revello de Toro Museum, admire the striking features of Malaga Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, then examine the collection at Museum Jorge Rando, and finally see the interesting displays at Colección del Museo Ruso. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Playa de la Cala Mijas, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Colomares, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally kick back and relax at Playa El Bajondillo.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Malaga online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Gibraltar to Malaga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gibraltar in July: highs in Malaga hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Playa de la Cala Mijas, Playa El Bajondillo, Castillo de Colomares
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Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center ©
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Arquivo Historico Provincial de Toledo, then examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, then explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Malaga to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Malaga in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 1st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de la Patacona, examine the collection at L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, then browse the exhibits of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally examine the collection at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, see the interesting displays at Museu Faller de Valencia, take a stroll through Barrio del Carmen, then hike along The Via Verde Green Route, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Coves de Sant Josep.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valencia: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Via Verde Green Route, Playa de la Patacona, Coves de Sant Josep
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Coves de Sant Josep ©
Coves de Sant Josep
Museu Faller de Valencia ©
Museu Faller de Valencia

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 3rd (Mon), stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then get curious at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fenals Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Valencia to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Barcelona are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fenals Beach
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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