Be seduced by the flare of flamenco dancing, party in the coolest bars and soak up the stylish traditional architecture!
On this whirlwind two-week adventure, you’ll be seduced by the flare of flamenco dancing in Madrid and Granada, party in the coolest bars in Lisbon and Lagos, soak up the Old Town architecture of Seville and Porto, and eat your way through the local cuisine. Sounds pretty heavenly, right? For the very best sights and experiences that Spain and Portugal have to offer, look no further - this is the trip for you. What are you waiting for?
We spend 15 days exploring Spain, Portugal. We visit Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca, , Porto, Lisbon, Lagos, Seville, Granada, Valencia.
What Is Included...
Inclusions for 2020 trips are below.
Your legendary Busabout crew
14 nights’ accommodation
All coach transport
Walking tour of Seville with a local guide
Walking tour of Alhambra palace in Granada with a local guide
A visit to Sintra
- Alhambra Palace and tapas crawl in Granada
- Kayaking and Busabout bar crawl in Lagos
- Explore the nightlife of Malasana in Madrid
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15 Day Itinerary
Ultimate Iberian Adventure (Barcelona to Barcelona) 15 day full itinerary breakdown and route map
- Day 1 Barcelona to Madrid
- Day 2 Madrid
- Day 3 Madrid to Avila to Salamanca
- Day 4 Salamanca to Porto
- Day 5 Porto
- Day 6 Porto to Lisbon
- Day 7 Lisbon
- Day 8 Lisbon to Lagos
- Day 9 Lagos
- Day 10 Lagos to Seville
- Day 11 Seville to Ronda to Granada
- Day 12 Granada
- Day 13 Granada to Valencia
- Day 14 Valencia to Barcelona
- Day 15 Barcelona
Barcelona to Madrid
Welcome aboard! Your adventure is about to begin, so settle into our stylish coach and get ready for our first morning departure. Make yourself comfortable as we cruise our way along a scenic route through the Spanish countryside and the region of Castilla-La Mancha. Keep your eyes open for the Osbourne billboards, now used as the national emblem of Spain. Our destination is the bustling capital city of Madrid! Home to aristocratic palaces, incredible museums such as the Reina Sofia (where you can see Picasso’s Guernica), and bustling nightlife. Once we arrive, we’ll stretch our legs on an orientation walk through the main squares of Madrid: Plaza España, Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. When we get hungry later on, we’ll go for an optional dinner and check out the hippest district of Madrid, filled with alternative bars. Let’s raise our glasses to the start of an awesome adventure!
Today, you have the entire day to spend as you please, so wander the city or sign up to an optional walking tour! We recommend visiting the Golden Triangle of Art and Prado Museum, as well as the massive Royal Palace. If you’d rather be out in the fresh air, or check out the botanical gardens or sign up for a walking tour. Join us later this evening to explore some more of Madrid’s eclectic bars. - Breakfast included
Madrid to Avila to Salamanca
Time to hit the road and drive onwards to Salamanca. We’ll have a stop en route at the city of Avila, known as the Town of Stones and Saints with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain. We stop here for a couple of hours to stretch and get some epic photos. Early afternoon we’ll make our arrival into Salamanca, home to the oldest university in Spain. You’ll be able to tell from the lively population that this is a student city! We’ll have an orientation walk past the Cathedral (try to spot the frog or the astronaut here) and Plaza Mayor. Tonight, get those taste buds tingling as we chow down on some of the delicious local cuisine of Salamanca, followed by a few drinks in one of the city’s local student bars. - Breakfast included
Salamanca to Porto
Rise and shine, this morning after breakfast we’ll be heading to Porto. This is the city known for its charming architecture, azulejos (the local form of street art on hand painted tiles), the Douro River and Port wine valley. We’ll arrive early afternoon, and you’ll have some time to freshen up and get settled. Then get ready to explore, as we wander out on an orientation walk along the Douro River! For those who’re game, we’ll head out to try the local cuisine and famous Port wines of the region. - Breakfast included
You have a free day to explore Porto to your heart’s content! Harry Potter fans should head to the Livraria Lello Porto, the bookshop which inspired J.K. Rowling’s imaginings of the Hogwarts library. To see parts of the city from the waters, hop on a cruise along the Douro River! This evening, meet us back at the hostel and we’ll venture out to enjoy a sunset picnic dinner at one of the city’s viewpoints overlooking the medieval Ribeira district. - Breakfast included
Porto to Lisbon
We depart this morning and drive to our first stop for the day, UNESCO-listed Sintra to enjoy stunning views of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Then we climb back aboard our coach for the rest of the journey, arriving in Lisbon in the afternoon. After we check-in we’ll take a stroll through Bairro Alto, the Old Town of Lisbon and one of the city’s most famous quarters. This neighbourhood dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and is now a popular spot for students. Tonight is an optional dinner at the Time Out Food Market. We hope you still have some energy, because later we’ll explore the nightlife in Bairro Alto, and the famous pink street! - Breakfast included
There’s a lot to see and do in Lisbon, and you can choose exactly how you want to spend the day. We recommend signing up for the optional walking tour of Lisbon’s most picturesque and oldest quarter, Alfama. The tour will last three hours and teach you all about the history of Lisbon’s rise to the title of Europe’s capital of espionage. If you’re looking to sample the best pastel de nata in Lisbon, head to the Belem area and visit the original Pasteis de Belem factory! This evening we’ll head out to sample some local dishes like the seafood risotto, followed by drinks at a rooftop bar overlooking Lisbon’s Old Town. - Breakfast included
Lisbon to Lagos
We depart for Lagos this morning, arriving by lunchtime. This ancient maritime town is one of the sunniest and warmest places in Europe, so make sure you have those sunglasses on. It’s the perfect destination to go snorkelling or surfing at stunning beaches and get a glimpse of sea caves and sinkholes along the rough Atlantic coastline. Lagos is also home to a charming and traditional town centre filled with cobblestoned streets, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. When we arrive, you’ll have some free time to relax by the pool or go swimming at Meia Praia beach. This evening we’ll meet back at our accommodation site and walk to the Old Town for an optional dinner at a gourmet burger restaurant, voted among the top 50 in the world! Then it’s time for the Busabout bar crawl through a variety of 4 different bars. - Breafast included
Lagos is yours to explore today! Why not start the day with a swim at one of the many gorgeous beaches, or wander the Old Town? This afternoon you’re welcome to join us for the optional kayaking excursion to explore the stunning sea grottos of the Algarve. Afterwards, we highly recommend hiking to Ponta da Piedade lighthouse where you’ll get the best sunset views over the Atlantic, and the stunning polychrome sandstone cliffs of the Algarve. - Breakfast included
Lagos to Seville
We say farewell to Lagos this morning and drive along the Portuguese coast towards Andalusia, the essence of Spain. Think siestas and fiestas, flamenco, tapas, Moorish architecture and whitewashed houses. We’ll arrive at our destination of Seville in the afternoon, and head out sightseeing. We have an included walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide, who will take us through the back alleys and squares of Seville, from the cobblestoned streets of the Cathedral district through to the Santa Cruz area. Check out the Alcazar Palace, declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Tonight we’ll have an optional tapas dinner in a traditional restaurant, before heading back to the hostel’s rooftop pool bar overlooking the city’s Old Town. - Breakfast included
Seville to Ronda to Granada
We make tracks from Seville this morning, towards our destination of Granada. But first we’ll stop at Plaza Espana and have a scenic drive through Andalucia’s first national park, Sierra Grazalema. After a couple of hours we’ll have a lunch break in Ronda: a mountaintop set dramatically above a deep gorge (El Tajo). We have some free time here for you to check out the views from Puente Nuevo (a stone bridge spanning the gorge), grab a bite and stroll around the city. Then it’s time to climb back aboard for today’s final stretch of driving to Granada. We’ll check in late afternoon, and then you have free time to go shopping in the quaint old streets of the city's historic quarter! This evening we’ll meet at hostel for an optional tapas dinner––try the sangria, squid, croquettes and patatas bravas. Later tonight we’ll have the highly recommended optional excursion, Flamenco in a cave! A local guide will meet us for a mini walking tour through Sacromonte, and along the way we stop at a viewpoint overlooking the lit-up Alhambra, with the Sierra Nevada backdrop. - Breakfast included
It’s time to get out and about and take in the incredible sights Granada has to offer. Today we have an included guided walking tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Spain’s most visited tourist attraction. This is an easy-paced tour which will take us through stunning Islamic architecture along with the gardens, fountains and streams. With your free time you can treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation experience, with the optional excursion to a hammam at a traditional Arabic-style bathhouse. There are 4 different rooms of hot and cold baths in a beautiful, relaxing setting, with aromatherapy massages available as well. Once you’re feeling relaxed and revitalised, use that energy tonight on our Busabout tapas crawl through three different tapas bars! Have a bit of Dutch courage if you need it, because we’ll be hitting up an awesome bar to close out this epic night. - Breakfast included
Granada to Valencia
Fill up on breakfast and make yourself comfy on the coach this morning as we head towards Valencia. This stunning city is rich in cultural heritage, unique festivals, and home to the paella. A true foodie’s paradise! After we check-in, we’ll go for a stroll along the cobbled streets of Ciutat Vella, the historical Old Town. During the walk, we’ll tick off some of the main sights like the Plaza Ayuntamiento, the Cathedral, and––most importantly––the food market. Here we’ll sample the local dishes of paella and horchata. The nightlife in Valencia is truly unique, so get ready to hit the town tonight as we get the party going in the hip district of Ruzafa! - Breakfast included
Valencia to Barcelona
Feel free to tick off any last minute sightseeing this morning on an optional bike tour through the Turia Gardens to the futuristic City of Art and Sciences. We leave Valencia in the afternoon so settle in and get some rest on the drive along the Mediterranean coast before we arrive into the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona! This spectacular city has many beautiful sights on offer. Home of Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona is a city breathing life. We have some free time upon arrival, so you can go for a stroll in the Gothic Quarter, and learn everything about Spanish cuisine at the famous La Boqueria food market! Later, we’ll meet back at the hostel and head out for a walk with your Busabout guide down the city’s main avenue, Las Ramblas. We’re sure you’ll be hungry after all this exploring, so it’s a good thing we’re ending with a tasty optional tapas dinner for our final night of fun on this epic adventure! - Breakfast included
What an incredible two weeks it’s been! Say farewell to your Busabout family, as the tour ends after breakfast. We hope to see you again soon! - Breakfast included
Frequently Asked Questions about the Ultimate Iberian Adventure (Barcelona to Barcelona)
Tour starts from:
Barcelona, Barcelona at 8:00am
Tour ends in:
Barcelona, Barcelona at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Hostel multi-share.
You can upgrade to a twin private (min. 2 persons) from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
* All upgrades are subject to availability.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Visit the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid
- See the Douro River in Porto
- Visit the Moorish castle in Sintra
- Walk atop the castle in Lisbon
- Go kayaking in Lagos
- Visit the Seville Cathedral
- Go for a stroll at the Sacromonte in Granada
- Relax in the Arabic hammam and spas in Granada
- Flamenco in a cave in Granada
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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