9 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

9 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights


Lisbon, Portugal — 1 night

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 23rd (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon travel itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Lisbon, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Seville.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Seville, Spain — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Seville trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
Historic Sites
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planning website.

Fly from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Madrid is slightly colder than Seville - with highs of 54°F and lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona visit planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.