Travel blogger Kelly Lewis takes a day off from her travels in Lisbon to see the castles and UNESCO World Heritage Site wonders of Sintra.
Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, relax on the Algarve coast, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life
As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 22 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastián and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!
Arrive at any time.
Orientation walk of Lisbon. Wander through the distinct city quarters and the historical area of Belém.
Travel to Évora and visit the Chapel of Bones en route to the Algarve Coast.
Spend the day on the Algarve with an included hike along the famous golden cliffs and sandy coves.
Travel to Seville and enjoy an orientation walk. Later, watch a dramatic flamenco performance.
Spend a day enjoying this city and its Moorish influence. Opt to explore the district of Santa Cruz, the Alcázar palace or the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
Travel to Granada via Cordoba. Visit the mosque and the medieval Jewish Quarter. Watch the sunset along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Granada and a guided visit to the architectural masterpiece, the Alhambra. In the evening, opt to go for a stroll and check out the local tapas and wine bars.
Head north to the capital city of Madrid. Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.
Spend the day in this cosmopolitan city. Opt to visit the Museo del Prado, the Gran Vía or Plaza Mayor.
Journey to Valencia and take an orientation walk of the Old Quarter.
Opt to visit the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences or relax at one of the city beaches. Experience world-class restaurants, discos, nightclubs and pubs, which earn Valencia the title of Spain's "fiesta" capital.
Travel to Barcelona and take an orientation walk, including visits to the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Opt to enjoy an evening of tapas and wine to round out the day.
Spend the day exploring the city’s museums and cathedrals, or opt for some of the best shopping in Europe. Choose to visit Gaudí’s Parc Güell, the Sagrada Familia, and other Gaudí masterpieces. Montjuïc and Barceloneta are worth a visit, too.
Enjoy another free day exploring the city’s museums and cathedrals, or indulge in some of the best shopping in Europe.
Spend another morning in Barcelona. Head to the Pyrenees region for two nights in a 'casa rural'. Enjoy home-cooked meals and hiking.
Enjoy the day in the scenic Pyrenees. Opt for some hikes in the area or head to Ainsa to explore. Spend another night in the 'casa rural'.
Travel to San Sebastián, the first stop in the unique Basque region of Spain. Opt to take a pintxos (tapas) tour and learn about the different food, dialect, and culture of the area.
Take a day trip to Bilbao, known for the stunning Guggenheim Museum. Opt to climb the Mallona Stairs to Parque Etxebarria for beautiful views over the city.
Travel to Logroño and enjoy an included wine tasting in the Rioja region.
Travel back to Madrid for a little more free time in this vibrant city.
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