22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Spain, Tangier & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Cleveland, United States
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Ronda, Spain
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Tarifa, Spain
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
8
Tangier, Morocco
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
11
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h 15 min
End: Cleveland, United States

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museu Picasso as well as Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and finally steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Barcelona journey planner.

Cleveland, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in March, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona ©
Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Sorolla and Basilica de San Vicente. Visit The Walls of Avila and Cathedral of Avila for their historical value. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Capilla de las Nieves (in Avila) and Segovia (Old City, Catedral de Segovia, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, shop like a local with Cava Baja Gallery, wander the streets of La Latina, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Madrid vacation planning tool.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Madrid, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia
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Museo Sorolla ©
Museo Sorolla
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel Bajo, explore the world behind art at Monasterio de la Concepcion, contemplate the long history of Archive Saint John of God Museum, then steep yourself in history at Court of the Lions, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de los Aljibes, and finally contemplate the long history of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

Before you visit Granada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums
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Court of the Lions ©
Court of the Lions
Monasterio de la Concepcion ©
Monasterio de la Concepcion
Plaza de los Aljibes ©
Plaza de los Aljibes

2
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 11th (Wed), stroll through Papagayo Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, then contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, and finally don't miss a visit to Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Capistrano Playa, and finally stroll through Playa de la Cala el Canuelo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nerja day trip website.

You can drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nerja are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo ©
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo

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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Malaga. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires, pause for some serene contemplation at Malaga Cathedral, then examine the collection at Revello de Toro Museum, then explore the galleries of Alcazaba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Church (Sagrado Corazon).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga trip planner.

You can drive from Nerja to Malaga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nerja in March: high temperatures in Malaga hover around 68°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo de Malaga ©
Museo de Malaga
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano

1
day
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
You've now added El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro, then get great views at Mirador de Aldehuela, then take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally steep yourself in history at Puerta de Almocabar.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ronda trip website.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Ronda

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro ©
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
Puerta de Almocabar ©
Puerta de Almocabar

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Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Paloma, pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Jerez, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Valdevaqueros, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento al General Copons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, then stroll through Playa Arroyo del Canuelo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Bolonia.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tarifa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Tarifa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ronda in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tarifa, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Tangier.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, Playa Arroyo del Canuelo
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Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia ©
Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia
Playa de Valdevaqueros ©
Playa de Valdevaqueros

few
hours
Tangier, Morocco

Tangier
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tangier route planning site.

Getting from Tarifa to Tangier by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tarifa to Tangier due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tarifa in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Tangier, with lows around 48°F. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel to Seville.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours Outdoors Parks
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5
nights
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.
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba has been added to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de España and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Bodegas Luis Perez. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seville: Jerez De La Frontera (Palacio del Virrey Laserna & Iglesia de San Miguel) and Castillo y ruinas de Dona Blanca (in El Puerto de Santa Maria). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla de San Jose, contemplate the long history of Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Triunfo.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville journey builder website.

Fly from Tangier to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Jerez De La Frontera, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Castillo y ruinas de Dona Blanca, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Alfama, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and then explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Wax Museum of Fátima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Lisbon journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Lisbon are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Fatima
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Capela Das Aparicoes ©
Capela Das Aparicoes
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Museu do Ar - Sintra, admire the landmark architecture of Sintra National Palace, then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally kick back and relax at Praia da Adraga.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sintra online trip itinerary builder.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Praia da Adraga
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace
Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga

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