11 days in Lisbon, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

11 days in Lisbon, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Start: Detroit, United States
Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  15 h 15 min
End: Detroit, United States

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon driving holiday planning site.

Detroit, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 13- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Detroit to Lisbon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in April; daily highs in Lisbon reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
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: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, and walk around Parc Guell.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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