35 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

35 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Sagres, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Cascais, Portugal
— 1 night
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Sintra, Portugal
— 1 night
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Obidos, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Braga, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Guimaraes, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Avila, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Estacion de Atocha, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then wander the streets of Gran Via, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online tour itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Madrid. While traveling from Montreal, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Toledo.
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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

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 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Greco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Toledo trip maker site.

Drive from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Toledo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Granada.
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Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

Granada, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 27th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Alhambra and then admire the natural beauty at Generalife. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Albayzin, contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Granada trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Toledo to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Malaga.
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Malaga, Spain — 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Explore Malaga's surroundings by going to Parque De La Paloma (in Benalmadena) and Adventure Rider Centre (in Mijas Pueblo). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum, steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, and stroll around Parque de Malaga.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Malaga trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Granada to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Granada in March: high temperatures in Malaga hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ronda.
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Ronda, Spain — 2 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, then take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Del Rey Moro. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, then don't miss a visit to Roman Bridge, and then take a stroll through Old City.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ronda online route planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.
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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 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seville trip website.

Getting from Ronda to Seville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Seville sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Faro.
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Faro, Portugal — 2 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
On the 4th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura, and then walk around Ria Formosa. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch all the local highlights with Far-Eco Tuk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Faro driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Seville to Faro in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Faro is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Faro are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Aurora Boat Trips, find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Praia Dona Ana, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and then try for a hole-in-one at Pro Putting Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lagos road trip planning website.

Getting from Faro to Lagos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sagres.
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Sagres, Portugal — 1 night

End of the World

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres.

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

Traveling by car from Lagos to Sagres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Sagres sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
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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.
Lisbon is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon visit app.

Traveling by car from Sagres to Lisbon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Cascais.
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Cascais, Portugal — 1 night

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
On the 12th (Tue), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get great views at Cabo da Roca, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Cascais.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cascais trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Cascais in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Cascais can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Sintra.
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Sintra, Portugal — 1 night

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the landmark architecture of Câmara Municipal, and then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sintra itinerary planning website.

Sintra is very close to Cascais. In April, daytime highs in Sintra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Obidos.
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Obidos, Portugal — 2 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Obidos: Fatima (Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima & O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo), Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Nazare (O Sitio & Praia da Nazare). There's much more to do: make a trip to Obidos Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip planner.

Getting from Sintra to Obidos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Coimbra (Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz & Jardim Botanico). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), look for gifts at Livraria Lello, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Obidos to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Porto are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Braga.
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Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Braga, Portugal — 2 nights

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city.
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Braga planner.

You can drive from Porto to Braga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Guimaraes.
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Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Guimaraes, Portugal — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Estatua de D. Afonso Henriques, step into the grandiose world of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montanha- Parque da Penha. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Guimaraes online trip maker.

Guimaraes is just a short distance from Braga. April in Guimaraes sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salamanca.
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Salamanca, Spain — 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 23rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and then contemplate the long history of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva). Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then take in the views from Puente Romano, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Salamanca road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guimaraes to Salamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Guimaraes in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Salamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avila.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Avila, Spain — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Las Murallas de Avila, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Four Posts, and then admire the striking features of Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Avila trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Salamanca to Avila in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Avila are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Madrid.
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Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Avila to Madrid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avila in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Madrid, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

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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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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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