24 days in South of Spain, Porto & Central Portugal Itinerary

24 days in South of Spain, Porto & Central Portugal Itinerary

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24 days in South of Spain, Porto & Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
3
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
5
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
7
Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Visit Castillo de Gibralfaro and Malaga Cathedral for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Automobile and Fashion Museum and Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga. Explore Malaga's surroundings by going to Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcon de Europa) and Marbella Old Town (in Marbella). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga, take a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Málaga, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Cristo de la Salud Church, and view the masterpieces at Gravura Taller de Grabado.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Malaga trip tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Malaga is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Malaga is 4 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, you will find days in Malaga are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nerja, Marbella Old Town
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Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga ©

3
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.
Visit Alhambra and Jaén Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Royal Chapel of Granada and Albayzin. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, get a taste of the local shopping with Milenium Gallery, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Granada trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in December, expect Granada to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jaén Cathedral
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Jaén Cathedral ©
Jaén Cathedral

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old City and Scott Simpson Fine Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Tajo de Ronda and Puente Nuevo. Change things up with a short trip to El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro in El Chorro (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, examine the collection at Centro de Interpretacion del Vino, take in the views from Centro de Interpretacion del Puente Nuevo, and indulge your taste buds at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in December since evenings lows in Ronda dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Nature Wineries

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
Old City ©
Old City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Tienda Gourmet Casa Pedro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, make a trip to Roman Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Casa de Sefarad, then get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Almodovar.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba trip planner .

You can take a train from Ronda to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Cordoba are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Castillo de Almodovar
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Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Historico de Sevilla and Catedral de Cadiz. Royal Alcázar of Seville and Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza de España, browse for treasures at Antiguedades el Museo, get great views at Catedral de Sevilla, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de Pilatos.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Seville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de Cadiz
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Centro Historico de Sevilla ©
Centro Historico de Sevilla

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pick up some local products at Mercado Bom Sucesso, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja dos Carmelitas, then do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, then look for gifts at Garrafeira do Carmo, and finally see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porto travel website .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Porto. In December in Porto, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Porto Augusto's
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Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 31st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatima, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Leiria, contemplate the long history of Batalha Monastery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Moeda Caves, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museu do Santuario de Fatima, then examine the collection at Museu de Cera, then examine the collection at O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Santissima Trindade.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fatima travel route planning website .

Getting from Porto to Fatima by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Batalha Monastery, Castelo de Leiria
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rua Augustafor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Aldeia da Terra and Aldeia da Terra. Venture out of the city with trips to Evora (Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), & more), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo.

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You can take a bus from Fatima to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Lisbon are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Evora, Aldeia da Terra, Castelo dos Mouros, Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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