Delve into the flavours, history, and sights. Join this trip and experience the incredible sensations of Spain and Portugal.
The tastes of tapas, sights of Gaudi, sounds of fado music, feelings of flamenco, and aromas of late night sangrias: this trip overloads your senses. You start off by delving into the flavours, history, and sights of Barcelona, then feel the true passion of Spain in the lively cities of Valencia and Madrid, and finish off with the hip town of Lisbon. Join this trip and experience the incredible sensations of Spain and Portugal.
We spend 9 days exploring Spain, Portugal. We visit Barcelona, Lisbon, Valencia, Madrid.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
8 nights’ accommodation
8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Coach transport between cities
Orientation walks in Barcelona and Madrid
Valencia bike city tour
Lisbon walking tour with a local guide
Trip starts at 2:00pm at Urbany BCN Go! Hostel, Barcelona
Trip ends at 10:00am at Hans Brinker Hotel, Lisbon
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9 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Barcelona
Your adventure begins in the Catalonian capital city of Barcelona. After check-in you will meet with your fantastic Busabout guide to get a feel for all of the exciting upcoming destinations and activities. We have an orientation walk of this ancient Roman city with particular focus on the city’s most famous street, Las Ramblas. Enjoy the vibrant street side atmosphere and explore the famous La Boqueria food market for a tasty local treat. This evening we have a wonderful welcome dinner of authentic Spanish tapas followed by a fun-filled night of song and drink as we try our hands at some karaoke.
Day 2: Barcelona to Valencia
This morning we say adios to Catalonia and head through the picturesque Spanish coast to the birthplace of paella, Valencia. We arrive in this gem later this afternoon and after check-in the day is yours to explore Valencia at your leisure. This town truly has something for everyone from cathedrals to museums, and a treasure trove of cultural significance in the City of Arts and Sciences. Take a stroll and enjoy some incredible seafood in a town known for its delicious local delicacies: paella and horchata.
Day 3: Valencia
Today we have an included bicycle tour of the city to see all the incredible main squares, monuments, and sites of historical significance including the architecturally appealing City of Arts and Sciences. Afterwards the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Visit the Plaza del Mercado and lose yourself in a maze of local foods, or visit the trendy districts of Ruzafa and Barrio del Carmen to explore the newest in local Spanish trends and enjoy the vibe. Alternatively, there is always the welcoming sand of the beach for those who would like to while away the hours in the sun and surf. Whatever your plans, we know you’ll have a blast in this seaside paradise.
Day 4: Valencia to Madrid
We have the morning left in Valencia, so head out and tick those last few sights off the list. This afternoon we board the coach and make our way to the economic hub of Spain, and her capital, the bustling metropolis of Madrid. After checking in we go on an orientation walk to stretch your legs and help you better familiarise with the city. We highly recommend you sign up for tonight's extravagant optional extra, the mesmerising song and dance of an authentic Flamenco show.
Day 5: Madrid
Head out into this beautiful capital and see her many astounding sights. Visit the Golden Triangle of Art and explore Prado museum, Spain’s most prestigious art museum, as well as the modern art of the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. See the massive Royal Palace or take a stroll through the green oasis of the Buen Retiro Park. Tonight we have a delicious group dinner followed by an outing to explore the vibrant alternative nightlife around Malasana!
Day 6: Madrid
It’s time to tick off those last minute sights lest you let them pass you by. If you’ve had enough of the city life, join us for a relaxing trip to a hammam to soak away life’s stresses or alternatively take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Toledo.
Day 7: Madrid to Lisbon
Today we say goodbye to Spain and hello to Portugal. Relax on the coach as we travel to the Portuguese coast with a quick pit stop in Evora en route to our destination, the beautiful capital city of Lisbon. We arrive in the capital this evening. After check-in, we recommend discovering the unique atmosphere all along the infamous pink road of Rua Nova do Carvalho for a truly once in a lifetime night on the town.
Day 8: Lisbon
This morning we depart for an included walking tour of the narrow, winding streets of Lisbon’s most picturesque and oldest quarter, Alfama. Discover the birthplace of Lisbon’s haunting traditional music, fado, and explore the towering walls of Sao Jorge Castle and hear the history of Lisbon’s rise to the title of Europe’s capital of espionage. You will have the rest of the day to explore Lisbon. Tonight we have a final group dinner followed by the night to end all nights, as we party up a storm in the world-famous Bairro Alto.
Day 9: Lisbon
Check-out is after breakfast this morning. We hope to see you again, and if you’re continuing your adventure on our Hop-on Hop-off network, the next stop is Santiago de Compostela via Porto!
Frequently Asked Questions about the Siesta Fiesta
Tour starts from:
Urbany BCN Go! Hostel, Barcelona at 2:00pm
Tour ends in:
Hans Brinker Hotel, Lisbon at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Dorm Share (max. 8 bed dorm).
You can upgrade to private twin (min. 2 people) from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Visit the city of Arts and Sciences or explore the area of Ruzafa in Valencia
- Visit the Prado museum and discover the nightlife of hip Malasana, Madrid
- Take a day trip to Sintra and Pena palace near Lisbon
- Sign up for an authentic flamenco show
- Enjoy a hammam and massage experience in Madrid
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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