15 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

15 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights


Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Guincho Beach and Praia do Tamariz. Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Praia das Moitas. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get to know the fascinating history of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon route maker app.

Montreal, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Lisbon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. You will leave for Lagos on the 13th (Tue).
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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Lagos, Portugal — 4 nights

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Praia do Camilo as well as Salty Wave Surf School. Get in touch with nature at Ponta da Piedade and Praia dos Tres Irmaos. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia Da Rocha and Church of Misericordia of Alvor. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Alvor and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Castelos Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lagos travel route planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Lagos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marbella.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Marbella, Spain — 3 nights

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Cabopino Beach and Eco Reserva Ojen. Step off the beaten path and head to Marbella Old Town and Playa de Fuengirola. Change things up with these side-trips from Marbella: Safaris (in Mijas), Bikestardo (in La Cala de Mijas) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Fuengirola). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Concha, examine the collection at Museo de Miniaturas Carromato de Mijas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marbella trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Lagos to Marbella by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Marbella. In September in Marbella, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for Malaga on the 20th (Tue).
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Malaga, Spain — 3 nights

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa La Carihuela and Playa de La Malagueta. You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Bajondillo and Burriana Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Playa de la Cala el Canuelo (in Nerja), Benalmadena (Swim with Dolphins & CarrascoBeach Playas Benalmadena) and Playa de Cantarrijan (in Almunecar). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion Malaga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, and attend a concert at Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Malaga travel route planner.

You can drive from Marbella to Malaga in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.