Route: Barcelona Madrid Lisbon
Duration: 7 nights
Transport: Travel Spain by rail! Escape to the sun-drenched paradise of Iberia with 1 jam-packed week exploring 3 popular cities on this whistlestop Spain & Portugal interrailing trip! This route is 8 days long, including 7 nights in your accommodation and covering some of the main highlights of the Iberian Peninsula.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 38.5 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 224 ♻️
Reviews: All independent reviews
Want a break from reality? You’ll definitely find it on this Spain & Portugal trip! Interrail your way across our pick of the finest cities in Iberia, with the flexible choice of spending anywhere between 1 and 4 weeks away. With at least 2 nights in each destination, you’ll get to know each city well, whilst also getting time to squeeze in a few day trips elsewhere. Feel free to stick with our recommended route to get a great idea of what these countries are about, or get in touch if you’d like to customise your route!
Catch the sun in some of the Mediterranean’s finest
Pick your way across the stunning Iberian Peninsula with our favourite cities from the only two countries that call it home – Spain and Portugal. This is the hub of rugged and sun-kissed landscapes, friendly locals, and phenomenal food and drink and it’s all yours for the taking on this essential Western European route. It goes without saying that this trip is the perfect sunshine escape from a wet winter and dull days. We definitely wouldn’t complain!
Kick-start your interrail adventure with in Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all. With surreal architecture to explore and photograph, sunshine in buckets, and pulsating nightlife, it won’t disappoint! That’s all even without menitoning the insane and experimental food scene the city has going on, so don’t leave without taking a few tasty treats home!
Next up, take the hotel train across the border to ‘the most Spanish of Spain’s cities’ – Madrid. Wander around the majestic Palacio Real or take a picnic out on the boating lake at El Retiro Park. We wouldn’t say no to gorging ourselves on artisanal bread, tangy cheeses, and meaty, wine-drenched Spanish tapas! If that’s also your bag, why not take a foodie tour around the city to discover its specialty dishes? Laidback days exploring the city are almost as good as the city’s nightlife….almost! Grab a bottle of local brew or a sangria, and head out to soak up the live music scene in this buzzing cosmopolitan city. Impromptu gigs and club nights are every reason to stay out till dawn, here! Just make sure you stock up on a filling churro breakfast to soak it all up the next day…
Lastly, you’ll head over to Portugal’s colourful capital, Lisbon, with its trendy yet old-worldly vibe. It won’t be long before you relax into the city’s slower pace, catching waves with the friendly laid-back locals in this surfers’ haven. Don’t sit back just yet, though! There are imposing castles, towers and monasteries to make your way around. When night falls, round your tri off by checking out its quirky bars and clubs to get a real feel for what this city is all about!
It may not be the capital city, but Barcelona sure is one of Spain’s main cultural hubs and is definitely not one to miss! Home to amazing art, surreal architecture and vibrant Catalan culture, you won’t be disappointed to know that the nightlife scene and food are just as incredible.
See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas
Train to Madrid- 3 hours
Madrid is certainly one of the ‘in’ cities at the moment and it is easy to understand why, as it offers a real insight into Spanish life with its attractive tourist spots buzzing both day and night, brimming with shops, delicious tapas bars and clubs to explore and enjoy.
Go to the world famous Museo del Prado
Stroll through the 17th Century Rastro Flea Market
Watch a Real Madrid match at the Bernabeu stadium
Bus to Lisbon – 8 hours
Lisbon doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not; it’s picturesque and modest whilst maintaining an enthralling urban landscape imbued with exhilarating sights, sounds and smells. Head to Lisbon for history, for hilly heights, for hedonism and a whole lot more.
Learn about Portugal’s colonial past
Climb up steep cobbled streets to the castle
Dance to live rock and electro at the Music Box club
No worries! You can arrange flights to El Prat Airport in Barcelona and flights home from Lisbon Portela Airport, whilst we take care of the transport in between your cities! Alternatively, if you’d like to start or end your trip elsewhere, just let us know and we’ll work a viable route out for you.