32 days in Central Portugal, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

32 days in Central Portugal, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

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32 days in Central Portugal, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
2
Tomar, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 4 nights
5
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Almeria, Spain
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Castelo dos Mouros and Cabo da Roca. You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, make a trip to Rossio Square, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and take a stroll through Alfama.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner .

Phoenix, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in July: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tomar.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

2
nights
Tomar, Portugal

Tomar ©
Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Christ, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar, then contemplate the long history of Pegoes Aqueduct, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tomar travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Tomar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tomar: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Tomar

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fatima, Batalha Monastery, Monastery of Alcobaca
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

2
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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.
Visit Royal Alcázar of Seville and Plaza de España for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque de Maria Luisa and Iglesia Colegial del Salvador. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Catedral de Sevilla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Macarena, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

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Getting from Tomar to Seville by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Tomar to Seville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tomar in August: high temperatures in Seville hover around 91°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

4
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Roman Bridge. Let the collections at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra and Centro de Arte Rafael Boti capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cordoba: Belmez Castle (in Belmez), Ceramica Alcaide (in La Rambla) and Convento Santa Clara de la Columna (in Belalcazar). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, take in the exciting artwork at Sala el Potro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de la Trinidad.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cordoba online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seville in August: highs in Cordoba hover around 99°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Convento Santa Clara de la Columna, Parroquia De Santa Catalina De Pozo Blanco, Castillo de Belmez, Ermita de la Virgen de las Veredas, Ceramica Alcaide
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Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

2
nights
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 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum, walk around Parque De La Paloma, and then take a stroll through La Carihuela. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Malaga Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, then wander the streets of Marbella Old Quarter, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Malaga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in August, plan for little chillier days in Malaga, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Neighborhoods Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

La Carihuela, Marbella Old Town, Parque De La Paloma
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Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Fundación Cueva de Nerja and Playa de la Cala el Canuelo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral and Royal Chapel and Museo Almazara. Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Kitty Harri's Sculpture Garden (in Jete) and Playa El Salon (in Nerja). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Alhambra, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Galeria Alea, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 66°F in Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Almeria.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nerja, Museo Almazara, Kitty Harri's Sculpture Garden
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Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

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nights
Almeria, Spain

Almeria ©
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Explore hidden gems such as Playa de los Muertos and Kayaking & Canoeing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Casa Ibanez and Bedar Arts Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Almeria side-trips: El Playazo (in Rodalquilar), Cala de Enmedio (in Agua Amarga) and Cuatro Calas (in Aguilas). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Cabo de Gata - Nijar Natural Park, pick up some local products at Almería Central Market, kick back and relax at Playa del Barronal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monsul Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Almeria tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Granada to Almeria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in August, Almeria is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Almeria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose, Cuevas de Sorbas, Museo Casa Ibanez, Cuatro Calas, Cala de Enmedio
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Playa de los Muertos ©
Playa de los Muertos
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park ©
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On the next day, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then take in the exciting artwork at Carre D'artistes, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona attractions planning tool .

Getting from Almeria to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Almeria in August, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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