Hi, As the heat of summer reaches its peak, so too do the crowds. Definitely pre-book your tickets to the Alhambra in Granada. Don't Miss: the gardens in the Alcázar are breathtaking – you might recognize them as ‘Dorne' from Game of Thrones! Spring can be a great time to visit, when wildflowers paint Algarve clifftops, Alentejo pastures, and northern hillsides with color. Not sure how much time you have but if you can fit it all in then great! I guess for anyone travelling for the first time, the usual dilemmas are always the same – Which places to consider and their relevance, though it might vary from person to person but your post gives a good comparative view of the places to visit. then from barcelona did you fly to lisbon? Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window). From Madrid, we took the. I’m planning on landing in Barcelona in March and plan on spending a month, so it would be nice to get your advice on how the wife and I should break up our time in Spain and Portugal. I am looking for a week of being in one spot to unwind and be near a beach. There's so much to see in Barcelona (and the city makes a great base for nearby day trips in Catalonia) so budget at least 3 full days! We were thinking of driving. my kind of welcome drink: grapefruit palomas! Thank you! When is the best time to go to Spain? That is a concise and well planned itinerary. Do you think three nights will be enough in Libson? I haven’t driven in Spain or Portugal, so unfortunately wouldn’t have any advice on that. Sure – happy to refer you to my travel adviser. We are planning a 2 weeks trip to Spain and Portugal in early July 2020. Yea – I keep seeing Porto all over now. The nice thing is you can buy them online in advance and get a sense of budget. Main Attractions: São Jorge Castle, Alfama walk (medieval district) and Baixa walk (downtown with major squares). Check rates Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia. I was planning to make Cordoba only a day trip from Madrid (or Seville?) Thank you so much, Madrid is older, more historic, government buildings and classic museums. Hi Sher. Hi Sher. Thanks for your help! Hi Lorna – this is just the itinerary we took, not a tour. i am planning for a trip on the end of January(16 days).First i will be with prepaid guided tour France-Switzerland-Italy(6 days) and back to Paris, but instead of going back to Paris i was thinking of traveling from Avignon to Barcelona. Montserrat is a religious pilgrimage site for many Catalans and a breathtaking change of scenery for tourists – the monastery is actually high up in the mountains! Hi Stephanie – glad you found my article helpful! There is a desert near Alentejo and the country lacks any large natural lakes. Expect an average precipitation of 60.31 mm. :), Hi Natasha! We went in Spring and loved it. I hope my 2 week itinerary was helpful! check flight schedules for your dates here. Whatever your choice, you will enjoy your trip. What routes are better traveled by train and those by plane? I was this close to cancel Barcelona and go straight to Madrid then Andalusia then Portugal than after reading your post , i think i can do it. Tapas are really good in Sevilla! Wow! Even though Spain and Portugal are neighbors, it’s not the easiest to get from one to the other. so we wont be dragging our luggage behind. The best time to visit both of these countries tends to be in summer or spring, since fall and winter bring lots of rain. I am traveling to Barcelona solo for nine days in mid October. :), […] Spain and Portugal Itinerary Advice for 10 Days […], Hi Sher! Thanks for reading my comment . Thank you. North of Lisbon, in particular, experiences the worst of the weather but this is still only relative as temperatures are never freezing unless youre heading to the higher plains of the Serra de Estrela where snow lasts into March and April. September and October are two of the best months to visit Portugal. Hm, I had a different opinion. bus to explore Granada, once the Moorish stronghold of the west. Granada has an airport as well, which might be convenient if you haven’t already booked your flights. Mid-March to May is the most pleasant time to visit Morocco; the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising but are not stifling hot. Summer (June-August) can get very hot, particularly in central Portugal. And then I know if I can splurge day to day or if I need to set a limit for how much to spend when I’m there. Instead, book your tickets on Omio, which is much more convenient for English speakers and accepts international credit card holders. For example, the Madrid day trip to Toledo is strangely very popular! Are you planning a trip to Spain, Portugal or both? I first visited Lisbon on a fun long weekend trip in college, where we spent the days sipping on Sangria and the nights partying in Chiado and Bairro Alto.. with nightly stops at McDonalds in Rossio Square for CBO sandwiches and McFlurrys. ), Hi Sher First go to Google Flights here and see if flights are available and how much they cost. So how is it taking so many flights within a trip? I’m planning a trip now hoping to hit most of these places, but I only have about 14 days. Spain has a pretty great train network so it’s fast, convenient and affordable. The north of the country is mountainous and wet while the south is drier and has rolling plains with many beaches near the Algarve. Since it’s not a packaged tour, the trip cost will depend on what you want to do! Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia. I love all the flower shots in Cordoba, what a great time to go! We are planning 12 to 14 days tour. This itinerary is awesome! I would recommend cutting out lisbon. It’s up to you for Madrid vs Barcelona. Porto and the Douro River valley in northern Portugal is wonderful, but you can't do Lisbon and that area as well as the north. Could you recommend some places. I love all your pictures & travel style too! I need an advice. For Madrid, I felt like there was a bit less to see, and that the city had a older / historic vibe. I have been looking non stop and can’t seem to find anything great that is priced right. If you have less time, say 10 days, then concentrate on Madrid and Barcelona in Spain! 4 – Fly [?] Hoping you would be kind enough to recommend an agency to help us with logistics and reservations for Portugal and Spain trip I am planning for four people. This is a unique experience of crossing the border without queuing or passport controls. Hi Sumaiya – check the flight + train schedules for your dates! Love reading your post before planning my travels. Hi Sher! Temperatures begin to rise to a pleasanter level as the flowers start to bloom and Portugal vibrantly comes to life. I have been to Portugal twice and Spain four times. Let me know if you have any other questions and thanks for reading :). Great guide! Expect small, authentic and delicious, with a bit of flair. 3.How did you travel from Barcelona to Lisbon? Did you buy the Barcelona City pass? i usually book guided tours through viator and they connect to a local company. After almost two weeks of sightseeing, lots of churches and an abundance of small town charm, the genius works of architect Antoni Gaudí were so distinctive and colossal that I couldn't help but be awed. Hi and thanks for this post. It’s always a challenge between seeing as much as possible and soaking it in. This will be for Sept 25-Oct 18. Thank you for your informative post! You can browse last minute Spain hotel deals here. Don't Miss: a visit in Spring, when this beautiful town comes alive with flowers. Hi Jessica, Hm I don’t remember exactly what we spent but what I usually do is book the flights, hotels & transportation first – those are usually the bulk of the trip cost. If you have less time, say 10 days or 1 week, I would cut out Southern Spain. I felt like walking in any of the Spanish cities was very doable and walked pretty much everywhere! Can we travel Madrid-Cordoba-Seville-Granada-Lisbon-Barcelona? Our detailed brochures feature trip ideas and travel experiences recommended by our specialists. Do you have any ideas? Madrid is more historic and I really loved South Spain. While it’s possible to travel at this time, soaring temperatures in the cities and inland can make sightseeing rather hard going, and it’s easy to see why most locals have decamped for the beach. Any input would be grateful. Thanks for sharing your itinerary :). I will going to Spain later in the summer, so this will help a lot. Main Attractions: National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Palace of Queluz, Arab Walls. Pena Palace is widely believed to have inspired Disney – in addition to Neuschwanstein. 2 – trying to decide whether to train to Cordoba, Malaga or Grenada. I have a question. I’m planning to buy train tickets in advance (traveling to Spain and Portugal) but since my itenerary is not finalized so how do I go about making reservations? Each day trip option would take 1 full day though, it’d be very tight to squeeze 3 different cities in a day trip :). Hi Pia – glad you found the post helpful! Any thoughts or recommendations if we did that? […] Evening: Grab one last bite of tapas and pack up to depart Granada for the next stop on your tour.
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