Hi everyone! I would love some feedback on my first draft of my itinerary for Portugal/Spain. I've never been to Europe and I am a new 22 female solo traveller and any (positive) feedback would be much appreciated!
My trip will be starting in June 2017 I will be flying into Lisbon and moving down Portugal from there. I have decided not to do anything north of Lisbon because I would like more time in Spain. I have tried to narrow it down to the places that I really want to see in each country/best suggestions from friends. I am trying to get a good balance of being able to enjoy the culture and the beach. For example, Seville interests me because of the Spanish flair and flamenco dancing and Lagos interest me because of Ponta da Piede. I am not huge fan of museums but I'd obviously love to see some of the sights as I go along (e.g. sintra castle). I'll probably go out a few nights but I am not the type of person to go party every night in Ibiza. I am okay if I only see the key things in each city, but I really don't want to feel rushed travelling between cities. The one caution I keep hearing it trying to fit too many things into a short amount of time. I am okay with spending 21 days or less for the three countries combined. I plan to be staying in hostels and I currently do not have a budget (trying to figure that out) but think budget travel for a student. I am willing to fly between some places (e.g. will likely fly to Morocco, barcelona to menorca/mallorca and possibly from seville/granada to barcelona if required). I am planning to book a 3 day tour from seville to morocco or fly directly into Marrakech or Chefchaun if you have any suggestions of whether to do or tour or on my own please let me know! I'll admit I am a little hesitant to do Morocco on my own but I also don't want to do just a day trip to Tangier (I've heard it is just not worth my time). I am quite okay with only getting a taste of Morocco for 3 days because it is not the sole focus of my trip.
My general plan so far is to go from Lisbon-Lagos-seville-morroco-seville-granada-barcelona-menorca or mallorca-barcelona and continue on to Croatia (Croatia will be after these 21 days). I am planning on flying into lisbon, train from lisbon to lagos, bus from lagos to seville, fly to morroco, bus/train to granada, train/fly to barcelona and fly to menorca/mallorca. If you have any better suggestions for transportation please suggest them!
Lisbon (3-4 days)
-day to recover from flight
-day to explore Lisbon
-daytrip to Sintra
-daytrip to Cascais *Does Cascais need a full day?
Algarve coast/Lagos (3 days) *Open to suggestions of places other than Lagos
Seville (3 days)
Morrocco (fly directly to Marrakech or Chefchauen or do a tour) (3 days)
Granada (2 days) I am okay with cutting out Granada
Barcelona (4 days)
Menorca/Mallorca (2 days) *Suggestions on which is better
Barcelona and fly to Croatia
*This itinerary has not accounted for travel time just the approximate amount of time to spend in each place and after that I will add in travel.
Thank you so much for your help!