45 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

45 days in Spain & Lisbon Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 10 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 9 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 10 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 12 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal — 10 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Venture out of the city with trips to Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Obidos (Castelo de Óbidos & Obidos Village) and Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Parque e Palacio de Monserrate, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning tool.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Lisbon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 9 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Mirador del Valle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Avila (Las Murallas de Avila & Torre-campanario de la Catedral), Segovia (Plaza Mayor & Alcazar of Segovia) and Toledo (Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stroll around Parque Madrid Rio.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Madrid driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Lisbon in October, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain — 10 nights

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jardi del Turia and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Valencia: Parc Natural del Montgó (in Denia), Peniscola (Bufador, Peniscola Castle, &more) and Parc Navarro Daras (in Carcaixent). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, enjoy the sand and surf at Platja La Malvarrosa, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, and don't miss a visit to Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Valencia sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, Valencia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 12 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and Llevant Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Montserrat (Montana de Montserrat & Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey), Tossa de Mar (Museu Municipal de Tossa de Mar & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Lloret de Mar (Fenals Beach, Jardines de Santa Clotilde, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, admire the natural beauty at Jardi Botanic Marimurtra, wander the streets of El Born, and admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Centro Historico de Cascais and Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen). Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Guincho Beach in Cascais--about 34 minutes away. Explore Lisbon further: take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, admire the landmark architecture of Panteao Nacional, explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo, and meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon travel planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Spain travel guide

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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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