44 days in Portugal, Spain & Rome Itinerary

44 days in Portugal, Spain & Rome Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Almada, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Badajoz, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Drive to Elvas
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Elvas, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Fly to Brisbane

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
For shopping fun, head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian or Avenida da Liberdade. Get some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rossio Square, make a trip to Belém Tower, view the masterpieces at A Arte da Terra, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Feira da Ladra.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online route maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Lisbon is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Almada.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
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Almada, Portugal

— 3 nights
Almada is a city and a municipality in Portugal, located on the southern margin of the Tagus River, on the opposite side of the river from Lisbon. Do your shopping at Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB and A Cerca. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fernao Po Adega Winery and ASL Tome Sociedade Vinicola. Venture out of the city with trips to Mercado do Livramento (in Setubal), S. Simao Arte Azulejos Decorativos (in Azeitao) and Rosa Cunha Day Spa (in Montijo). There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Almada trip builder app.

Almada is very close to Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lagos.

Things to do in Almada

Shopping · Wineries · Spas · Museums

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Lagos, Portugal

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Old Town Faro and Fortaleza de Sagres will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Praia da Falesia (in Olhos de Agua) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Swan Day Spa and stop by Mar d'Estorias.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Almada to Lagos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Evora, Portugal

— 3 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cella Vinaria Antiqua and Herdade Grande. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Corticarte - Arte em Cortica, do a tasting at Casa Relvas, see where the ancients bathed at In Acqua Veritas, and examine the collection at Monte da Ravasqueira.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Evora trip maker site.

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lagos in January since evenings lows in Evora dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Evora

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Sintra, Portugal

— 4 nights
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nazaret - Artesanato e design de Autor and Mercado Biologico de Obidos. Get some cultural insight at Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo dos Mouros. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sintra: Praia do Norte (in Nazare) and Igreja de Santa Maria (in Obidos). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena and admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sintra online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Evora to Sintra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Sintra are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Porto, Portugal

— 4 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Palacio da Bolsa and Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Coimbra (Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova & Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz) and Falua Massage Studio (in Povoa de Varzim). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, stop by Livraria Lello, and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

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Traveling by flight from Sintra to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Porto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Badajoz.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Badajoz, Spain

— 1 night
Badajoz is the capital of the Province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mezquita-Catedral de Santa Maria and then view the masterpieces at Casas Consistoriales.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badajoz journey maker.

Getting from Porto to Badajoz by car takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Badajoz is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 6th (Sun), you're off to Madrid.

Things to do in Badajoz

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Gran Via and El Rastrofor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza Mayor and Iglesia de la Vera Cruz. Venture out of the city with trips to Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia) and Toledo (Museo del Greco, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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Fly from Badajoz to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Badajoz in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Art Gallery Blanco Grane - Tossa de Mar. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Calmasaje in Lloret de Mar, approximately Lloret de Mar away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online trip builder.

Fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Madrid - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. Get some historical perspective at St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola di San Pietro. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Elvas.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

Elvas, Portugal

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): do a tasting at Adega Mayor.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Elvas trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rome to Elvas. In February, daytime highs in Elvas are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Elvas

Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.