16 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Nerja, Spain

Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, then kick back and relax at Capistrano Playa, and finally browse for treasures at Nerja Book Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Paseo de los Carabineros, look for all kinds of wild species at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Papagayo Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo.

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Singapore, Singapore to Nerja is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Nerja, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Nerja hover around 14°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Ronda, Spain

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Paddock Paradise Ronda, then get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Simpson Fine Art, and then take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, then stop by Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto, and finally relax in the rural setting at Reservatauro Ronda.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ronda trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nerja to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, Ronda is somewhat warmer than Nerja - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

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Seville, Spain

City of Towers

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antiguedades el Museo, then admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, then steep yourself in history at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary website.

Getting from Ronda to Seville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Seville, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then take a stroll through Rossio Square, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Let the collections at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Rio Creative Art Center capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, stroll around Parque del Retiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planning website.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Picasso and Joan Miro Foundation. And it doesn't end there: visit El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and shop like a local with La Boqueria.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona tour app.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Spain travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.

Portugal travel guide

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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.