Spain & Portugal: 3 Weeks

Duration
21 Nights
Transport

Escape to the sun-drenched paradise of Iberia with 3 amazing weeks exploring 7 Mediterranean cities on this Spain and Portugal interrailing trip! This route is 22 days long, involving 19 nights in your accommodation and two spent on night trains. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full night’s travel.

Route
  • Barcelona
  • Valencia
  • Seville
  • Madrid
  • Lisbon
  • San Sebastian
  • Pamplona
  • Barcelona
Accessibility

This route is wheelchair accessible ♿️

Sustainability

This trip only creates 116.6 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 825 ♻️

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Trip Style

Want a break from reality? You’ll definitely find it on this Spain and Portugal interrail 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!

Trip Description

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 1 night in Barcelona to get settled in after your journey there, before heading off to the cosmopolitan city of 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.

Then, 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 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…

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!

If you missed the chance to ride the waves in Lisbon, you’ll love San Sebastian, another favourite amongst the international surfing crowd. With a world-renowned sandy beach, its own Christ the Redeemer statue, and plenty of Basque tapas treats to go around, there was no way we could leave this out of the route!

Pamplona is your next port of call, and a complete contrast from the previous beachside stops along your route. With Gothic churches, medieval architecture and Basque pintxos bars galore, it might be a welcome break from sunning yourself for weeks on end! It’s as much of a culture injection as the other cities on this trip, and definitely worth a visit for the lively locals alone.

Just as you started, you’ll wind up on the coast again, having made your way back to Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all, for another 3 nights to round your trip off. With surreal architecture, sunshine in buckets, and pulsating nightlife, it won’t disappoint! Not a bad way to finish your trip off, if you ask us!

What's included?

  • 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 Route

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Itinerary

The 3 week Spain & Portugal trip allows you to take it all in at a relaxed pace, taking in 7 cities in 22 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day except for two night trains. 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

Barcelona (1 Night)

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
Highlights

  • See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
  • Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
  • Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas

man pushing his bike in a deserted street in Valencia

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
Highlights

  • 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

a mosaic pattern on a group of pillars in seville

Seville (3 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
Highlights

  • Visit the sumptuous Alcazar Palace
  • Experience the characterful Flamenco dances
  • Have a drink on the terraces of an old town café

Old building in Madrid at sunset

Madrid (3 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
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

Lisbon's iconic 25 de abril bridge at nightfall

Lisbon (3 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
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

crowded beach in San Sebastian surrounded by buildings on a cloudy day

San Sebastian (2 Nights)

A total surfer’s paradise, this beachy city has it all: sun, sand and sea aplenty! Be sure to get some snaps of Europe’s answer to Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, before getting a taste of the Basque region’s unique tapas and delicious kalimotxos, and taking on the city’s buzzing beachside bars!

San Sebastian Guides
Highlights

  • Surf the waves at La Concha
  • Grab some mouthwatering Basque bar pintxos
  • Head to the Christ the Redeemer statue!

typical street in pamplona

Pamplona (2 Nights)

The perfect antidote to a sunshine overload, Pamplona is the perfect place to catch some shade with so many gorgeous Gothic churches and art museums to hang around in until sunset. When evening hits, the city really comes alive with a massive student population and friendly locals with a penchant for dancing until dawn!

Pamplona Guides
Highlights

  • Take a wander around the city’s stunning cathedral
  • Get some snaps of the gorgeous architecture in the Old Quarter
  • Sip on the local take on sangria at the city’s all-night bars

Barcelona

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
Highlights

  • See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
  • Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
  • Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas

How to get there

We’ve put this trip together as a round trip starting and ending in Barcelona so you can arrange easy return flights to and from El Prat 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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Questions & Answers

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Question:
I don't know what package I want! Can you help?!
Answer:
Of course. Check out our interrail planning guide and have a look at our destination guides for some of our cities. If you’re not quite sure where to start, just give us a call or email and we can provide you with expert advice on all the destinations.
Question:
What do I get when I book a package?
Answer:
You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
Question:
When do I pay?
Answer:
Once you’ve confirmed your package with our team via email or by phone, you need to pay a non-refundable £50 deposit per person to reserve a package. You then need to make full payment at least 90 days before the start of the trip. We can also arrange a set of instalments if you are coordinating a lot of people to pay.
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When do I receive my tickets?
Answer:
Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
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