43 days in Andorra, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

43 days in Andorra, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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43 days in Andorra, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
+2
Ferry + Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Seville, Spain
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Albufeira, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

Escaldes-Engordany ©
Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
Get out of town with these interesting Escaldes-Engordany side-trips: Estanys de Tristaina (in Ordino) and Tristaina Lake Trail (in Arinsal). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Comapedrosa Valley National Park, see the interesting displays at Museu Casa d'Areny-Plandolit, pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, and admire the verdant scenery at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Escaldes-Engordany trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Escaldes-Engordany is an approximately 14- hour combination of ferry, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ordino, Andorra la Vella, Arinsal, Canillo, Comapedrosa Valley National Park
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Comapedrosa Valley National Park ©
Comapedrosa Valley National Park
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley ©
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ©
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal

6
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, and make a trip to The Magic Fountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Escaldes-Engordany to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Explore Valencia's surroundings by going to Alicante (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA), Explanada de Espana, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, admire the striking features of Central Market of Valencia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia, and steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia day trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Valencia are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Alicante
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Locus Fugae ©
Locus Fugae
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia

6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Segovia (Castillo Del Conde Alpuente, Acueduct of Segovia, &more) and Toledo (Ayuntamiento de Toledo, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker website.

You can take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in December, plan for little chillier days in Madrid, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo
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Food Tours
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

6
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.
Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Ronda (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Barrio Santa Cruz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seville day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Seville at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ronda
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Alvor (Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve & Praia dos Tres Irmaos), Lagos (Blue Shark, Ponta da Piedade, &more) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Algar de Benagil, look for gifts at By Nature, have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway, and head outdoors with Jardim do Coreto.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Seville to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Portimao, Lagos, Lagoa, Tavira, Ria Formosa
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Algar de Benagil ©
Algar de Benagil
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Praia da ursa, Sintra Mountains, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon journey maker.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albufeira in December since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Coimbra (Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, &more). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Liberdade Square.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Porto sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Coimbra, Pocas Vinhos
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Pocas Vinhos ©
Pocas Vinhos
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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