Route: Barcelona Valencia Madrid Granada Malaga Seville Faro Lisbon Porto
Duration: 28 nights
Transport: Escape to the sun-drenched paradise of Iberia with 4 amazing weeks exploring 9 Mediterranean cities on our longest Spain & Portugal interrailing trip! This route is 29 days long, involving 28 nights in your accommodation. Journeys vary in length from 2 to 4.5 hours.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 135.4 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 1163.2
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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. We also have a 2 week and 3 week version of this route so that you have the flexible choice of spending anywhere between 14 and 28 nights away. With at least 3 nights in nearly every destination, you’ll get to know each city well, whilst also getting time to squeeze in a few day trips!
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 with 4 nights in Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all. With surreal architecture, sunshine in buckets, and pulsating nightlife, it won’t disappoint!
After exploring Barcelona for 5 days, head 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.
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…
Your next stop is Granada, a beautiful city in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Famous for its impressive medieval architecture and delicious tapas, there’s something for everyone! Make sure to check out the Alhambra – this sprawling hilltop fortress encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as fountains and orchards in the stunning gardens.
After all your sightseeing it’s time for a well deserved beach break! Malaga is famous for its sandy beaches where you can spend your days lounging around, soaking up the sun, eating your bodyweight in ice cream and trying out water sports if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush.
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 stopping off for a few sun-soaked days on the beaches of the Algarve 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!
Finally, welcome to Porto! Home of stately bridges, cobbled streets, hipstery cafes and, of course, port wine! Climb the Dos Clerigos Tower for stunning views of Porto’s skyline before listening to traditional fado music at one of the city’s many incredible cafes to round off your trip.
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.
See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas
Train to Valencia – 4 hours
Paella comes from the rice fields around Valencia and this is the place to taste the genuine article, either sitting by the beach or in the old quarter of El Carmen. A belt of greenery runs uninterrupted along the old riverbed and this stunning destination is also graced with Sim-City-style futuristic wonders.
Marvel at the modern architecture in the old riverbed of the Turia river
Taste real paella by the city’s long beach
Have a drink in one of the cosy old town bars
Train to Madrid – 2.5 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 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
Train to Granada – 4 hours
Visitors to Granada come for the magnificent Alhambra palace, with its tiered water features which at the height of summer you might consider jumping into fully clothed just to cool off! Granada is also known for a free tapas with each drink that is characteristic of the region.
Visit the exquisite moorish palace of Alhambra
Take an indulgent dip at the Arab baths
Take full advantage of free tapas in most bars
Bus to Malaga – 2 hours
This beach destination has it all: sun, sand and sea aplenty! Enjoy a few days lounging on the beach after your busy week exploring some of Spain’s bigger cities.
Check out the historic Old Town
Party! Malaga is famous for its nightlife and there’s something for everyone from nightclubs and world reknowned DJs to live music in beach bars.
There’s plenty of fun water sports to try… wakeboarding anyone!?
Train to Seville – 2 hours
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 exudes charm and elegance.
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
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!
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 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
Train to Porto – 4 hours
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.
Cross the iconic Dom Luis bridge
Visit the old wine cellars along the waterside
Drink at one of many quirky bars and cafes