17 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

17 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vila Natal and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Praia Foz do Arelho (in Caldas da Rainha) and Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Pedra (in Obidos). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Lisbon is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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. 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 24th (Fri): stroll through Cais da Ribeira, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then stop by Livraria Lello, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, and finally make a trip to Ribeira Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Porto trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Lisbon to Porto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Seville, Spain

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana) and Plaza de San Francisco. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and make a trip to Plaza de España.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Porto to Seville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Toledo.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

Toledo, Spain

— 1 night

City of Three Cultures

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Tomé, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, see the interesting displays at Museo del Greco, then make a trip to Custodia de Arfe, and finally ponder the design of El Pozo De Los Deseos.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Toledo route planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Toledo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seville in December; daily highs in Toledo reach 54°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Paseo del Prado. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Alcala De Henares (Calle Mayor & Universidad de Alcala). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Madrid tour itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Toledo to Madrid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ciutat Vella and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, don't miss a visit to Placa d'Espanya, and admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip app.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Barcelona at 58°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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
Churches · Beaches · 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.