41 days in Spain, Lisbon & Porto Itinerary

41 days in Spain, Lisbon & Porto Itinerary

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41 days in Spain, Lisbon & Porto Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and walk around Parc Guell.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona tour planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Barcelona. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 25°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Get out of town with these interesting San Sebastian - Donostia side-trips: Bilbao (Paragueria Leoz, Room Escape Games, & more). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Nuevo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get your game on at Let's get Basque!.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia journey website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bilbao
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Food Tours
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Nerja (Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo, Jardin Botanico Detunda Cueva De Nerja, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, don't miss a visit to La Ermita de San Miguel Alto, delve into the mystery of El Reino Escape Room, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Granada visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Granada takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Granada: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

4
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Explore Malaga's surroundings by going to Adventure Rider Centre (in Mijas Pueblo), Bikestardo (in La Cala de Mijas) and Nerja (Balcon de Europa, Church of El Salvador, & more). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Malaga planner .

Drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Malaga, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Malaga

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nerja, Marbella, Mijas
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

4
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, get outside with Ronda Dressage, look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda, and explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda vacation builder tool .

Getting from Malaga to Ronda by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Ronda, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda

4
nights
Seville, Spain

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Cordoba (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, make a trip to Torre del Oro, walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Seville using our trip planner.

You can take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 27th (Wed), meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, then take a stroll through Alfama, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip planner .

Getting from Seville to Lisbon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. In May in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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 29th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Livraria Lello, pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, and finally steep yourself in history at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Porto day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Centro de Iniciativas Turisticas (in Tordesillas) and The Walls of Avila (in Avila). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), and see the interesting displays at Museo de la Historia de Automocion.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salamanca driving holiday planning app .

Drive from Porto to Salamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Salamanca. Traveling from Porto in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Salamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Centro de Iniciativas Turisticas, The Walls of Avila
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Centro de Iniciativas Turisticas ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus

7
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral Primada (in Toledo) and Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Madrid day trip planning app .

You can drive from Salamanca to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Salamanca in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Madrid, with lows of 19°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral Primada, Acueduct of Segovia
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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