TRAVEL TIPS

Help me plan how many days to spend in each place in Spain/Portugal! :)

Before anyone comments it, yes I have looked around this group and other groups and am getting mixed answers from different people. So I want to hear your opinions for how many days is good to experience each of the following places:

Bilbao, San Sebastian, Madrid, Granada, Seville, Porto, Lisbon

Thank you so much in advance!



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  • discoschtick

    I would just take peoples advice with a grain of salt I think they tend to underestimate things like this. Some places that people say are commonly only worth spending “2 or 3 nights” in are places i stay for a week and have a blast. So maybe research all the things you want to do in a city, and how many of those things you can realistically do each day. And having an extra wildcard day, or a day to go at a slower pace, imo is a good thing. If you can budget for it of course.

  • hijuliaa

    I went to Porto and Lisbon last summer and mom and I loved it so much that we’re going back in a few months. We spent fiveish days in each and it didn’t feel like enough to us.
    I haven’t been to the other places you listed, but I feel like you might want to spend a good amount of time in all. I don’t know how much time you’re allotting for this vacation, but if you can broaden it, I’d suggest that!

  • rat_atlas

    Before I studied abroad in Seville I did a similar trip. Personally, Lisbon (5 days+) is one of my favorite cities. I’m usually not that into nightlife, but especially after 3ish the city has such an energy. Faro has been hit extremely hard by southern Europe’s economic problems recently and honestly was pretty empty of tourists when I went two summers ago. I don’t think I would go back, but there are a lot of water activities and cave exploration (I passed on) that could be interesting. As for Spain, I would prioritize Madrid and Granada. Two other beautiful cities I wish I could spend more time in.

    I’m definitely someone who thinks its better to spend longer in fewer places if possible. Someone once taught me the joy of even just spending a lot of time in one neighborhood. It makes travel cheaper and memories more salient.

    Edit:misspoke

  • zenzl

    I’d do three days in Seville, two in Granada and four in Madrid (including a day trip to one of the nearby towns), three days in Lisbon and two in Porto. Never been to San Sebastian and only been in Bilbao for business, so can’t say anything about those.

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