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Spain & Portugal: 2 Weeks

14 nights
Soak up the sun in some of the Mediterranean’s finest destinations

Want to escape to sun, sea and sand? You’ll find all three on this Spain and Portugal route as you interrail your way across our pick of the finest cities in Iberia. 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.

 

 

TRIP DETAILS
DESCRIPTION
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Route: Barcelona Madrid Seville Faro Lisbon Porto

Nights: 14

Countries: 2

Transport: Train or Bus

Sustainability: This trip creates 77.6 kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 439kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Make your way across the stunning Iberian Peninsula with our favourite cities from Barcelona all the way to Porto. This is the hub of rugged and sun-kissed landscapes, phenomenal food and drink, friendly locals and gorgeous coastlines and it’s yours for the taking on this essential Western European route. It goes without saying that this trip is the perfect escape from those dull winter days – we definitely wouldn’t complain!

Kick-start your interrail adventure in Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all. With surreal architecture, sunshine in buckets and pulsating nightlife it won’t disappoint! Next, the city of arts and sciences – Valencia. Lounge around on its long city beach, devouring spicy and rich paella on the promenade in the city of its origin. Wash it all down with cold beers in the old quarter, or take in the city’s many museums before gettnig a taster of the vibrant nightlife here.

Next up, ‘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…

Next, you’ll find yourself in Seville, watching authentic flamenco dancing, and taking in its majestically beautiful architecture. The Alcazar and the Plaza de España are our sights of choice, so don’t miss out on filling up your Insta feed!

After a few days chilling on the beaches in Faro 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, check out its quirky bars and clubs to get a real feel for what this city is all about!

Porto swiftly follows, where visiting the famous port wine cellars is a must. Tickle those tastebuds with the traditional tipple on an equally boozy and educational tour – we dare you! Lavish and ornate Baroque buildings line the streets here and give you the perfect sunset photo ops to round off your trip nicely. It’d be rude not take in the stunning hillside views before sunning yourself on its gorgeous, golden beaches!

– Train tickets from the first to the last city on the route, as shown in the map.

– Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.

– All possible seat reservations – not just the compulsory ones!

– Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels – tested by us

– Walking or public transport directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.

– Travel Disruption Protection – alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.

– 24hr emergency phone number to use while you’re away.

– Personalised travel pack with your travel times, accommodation information, directions, language guides and things to see and do in each location.

– Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.

 

Trip Details

Route: Barcelona Madrid Seville Faro Lisbon Porto

Nights: 14

Countries: 2

Transport: Train or Bus

Sustainability: This trip creates 77.6 kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 439kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Alternative Durations: Timing not quite right? Check out these versions of the route. 

2 Weeks

Alternative Durations

Timing not quite right? Check out these versions of the route. 

2 Weeks

Trip Description
Soak up the sun in some of the Mediterranean’s finest destinations

Make your way across the stunning Iberian Peninsula with our favourite cities from Barcelona all the way to Porto. This is the hub of rugged and sun-kissed landscapes, phenomenal food and drink, friendly locals and gorgeous coastlines and it’s yours for the taking on this essential Western European route. It goes without saying that this trip is the perfect escape from those dull winter days – we definitely wouldn’t complain!

Kick-start your interrail adventure in Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all. With surreal architecture, sunshine in buckets and pulsating nightlife it won’t disappoint! Next, the city of arts and sciences – Valencia. Lounge around on its long city beach, devouring spicy and rich paella on the promenade in the city of its origin. Wash it all down with cold beers in the old quarter, or take in the city’s many museums before gettnig a taster of the vibrant nightlife here.

Next up, ‘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…

Next, you’ll find yourself in Seville, watching authentic flamenco dancing, and taking in its majestically beautiful architecture. The Alcazar and the Plaza de España are our sights of choice, so don’t miss out on filling up your Insta feed!

After a few days chilling on the beaches in Faro 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, check out its quirky bars and clubs to get a real feel for what this city is all about!

Porto swiftly follows, where visiting the famous port wine cellars is a must. Tickle those tastebuds with the traditional tipple on an equally boozy and educational tour – we dare you! Lavish and ornate Baroque buildings line the streets here and give you the perfect sunset photo ops to round off your trip nicely. It’d be rude not take in the stunning hillside views before sunning yourself on its gorgeous, golden beaches!

What's Included?

Itinerary

Barcelona (3 nights)

It may not be the capital city, but Barcelona sure is one of Spain’s main cultural hubs and is definitely not to be missed! Home to amazing art, surreal architecture and vibrant Catalan culture, you won’t be disappointed to know that the nightlife and food here are just as incredible.

Highlights

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 – 3.5 hours

Madrid (2 nights)

Madrid is certainly one of the ‘in’ cities at the moment and it’s 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 enjoy.

Highlights

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

    Train to Seville – 2 hours

Seville (2 nights)

Seville is so unmistakably Spanish, with fierce heat in the middle of the day that rubs off onto its fiery character, its Flamenco dances and its lively conversation. The café and tapas culture here is as good as it gets and the backdrop of the old town exudes charm and elegance.

Highlights

Visit the sumptuous Alcazar Palace

Experience the characterful Flamenco dances

Have a drink on the terraces of an old town café

    Bus to Faro – 4 hours

Faro (2 nights)

From the city of Seville to the soft sand and sunsoaked coast of the Algarve. Soak up the rays, explore the old towns, try surfing on those famous west coast rolling waves, or even go dolphin-spotting!

Highlights

Relax on the beach and soak up the sun!

Jump aboard Comboio Turística, or tourist train, which provides a novel way to discover Faro

Go on a dolphin watching boat trip, cave tour, or both!

Train to Lisbon – 4 hours

Lisbon (2 nights)

Lisbon doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not; it’s picturesque and modest whilst maintaining an enthralling urban landscape filled with exhilarating sights, sounds and smells. Head to Lisbon for history, for hilly heights, for hedonism and a whole lot more.

Highlights

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

   Train to Porto – 3 hours

Porto (3 nights)

Porto exudes charm of every sort. From its parties in the piazzas to the zigzag streets of the UNESCO Ribeira district, its namesake fortified wine and its warm, friendly atmosphere. It’s a beautiful and beguiling city of spires, old bridges and romance that rivals any big city in Europe.

Highlights

Cross the iconic Dom Luis bridge

Visit the old wine cellars along the waterside

Drink at one of many quirky bars and cafes

How to get there

You can arrange flights to El Prat Airport in Barcelona and flights home from Porto 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 up a custom route just for you!