Escape to the sun-drenched paradise of Iberia with 2 amazing weeks exploring 6 Mediterranean cities on this whistlestop Portugal and Spain interrailing trip! This route is 15 days long, involving 13 nights in your accommodation and one spent on a night train. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full night’s travel.
This route is wheelchair accessible ♿️
This trip only creates 77.6 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 439 ♻️
Want to escape to sun, sea and sand? You’ll find all three on this independent Spain and Portugal itinerary! 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 escape from those dull winter days. We definitely wouldn’t complain!
Kick-start your interrail adventure with in Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all. With surreal architecture, sunshine in buckets, and pulsating nightlife, it won’t disappoint! Next, is the city of arts and sciences – Valencia. Lounge around on its long city beach, munching on 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, 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!
Next up, take the overnight 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…
Next, 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 your trip off nicely. It’d be rude not take in the stunning hillside views before sunning yourself on its gorgeous, golden beaches!
- All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
- Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
- Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
- Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
- Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
- Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
- A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
- Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
- Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
The 2 week Spain and Portugal itinerary allows you to take it all in at a relaxed pace, taking in 6 cities in 15 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day except for one night train. You’ll have a mix of shorter and longer trains, but don’t worry – we’ll always book times that allow you to make the most of each city.
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 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.Barcelona Guides
- See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
- Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
- Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas
Valencia (2 Nights)
Paella comes from the rice fields around Valencia and this is the place to taste the genuine article, sitting by the beach or in the old quarter of El Carmen. A belt of greenery runs uninterrupted along the old riverbed, graced with Sim-City-style futuristic wonders.Valencia Guides
- Marvel at the modern architecture in the river
- Taste real paella by the city’s long beach
- Have a drink in one of the cosy old town bars
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, its lively conversation. The café and tapas culture here is as good as it gets and the backdrop of the old town exhudes charm and elegance.Seville Guides
- Visit the sumptuous Alcazar Palace
- Experience the characterful Flamenco dances
- Have a drink on the terraces of an old town café
Madrid (2 Nights)
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.Madrid Guides
- 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
Lisbon (2 Nights)
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.Lisbon Guides
- 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
Porto (2 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.Porto Guides
- 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
No worries! 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 a viable route out for you.
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