How to Spend Two Weeks Backpacking in Europe: Barcelona, Rome & Lisbon

Two Week Travel Itinerary for Europe: Barcelona, Lisbon & Rome

Last year whilst working full time, I decided to maximise my holiday allowance and squeeze in a handful of European cities across a two week period.  Below I have shared my itinerary, detailing where I stayed and what I got up to.

Tip. Before leaving I downloaded offline google maps for each city. This proved invaluable for navigating between sights, finding accommodation and making sure I didn’t get lost.

1)London – Barcelona 

Travel: I flew from London to Barcelona (there are plenty of low cost airlines flying this route). I then took the Airport bus to the city centre.

AccommodationYeah Barcelona

Top things to in Barcelona: 

I took the free Sandmans walking tour around the city.

Sagrada Familia – You can pre book ticket slots online.

Things to Do in Barcelona. Sagarda Familia

​​Park Güell

La Ramblas

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Mercat de la Boqueria

Casa Batlló

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Party at Pacha (I went with a big group from my hostel) or the Opium

Check out El National for wine & tapas or cava & oysters.

Sweet tooth? You must visit Happy Pills and get your sugar fix.

Barcelona Must Do - Happy Pills Sweet Shop

2)Barcelona – Faro  (Note: For this leg of the trip I was visiting Family)

Travel: I flew from Barcelona to Faro, and luckily I had my chauffeur (aka Uncle!) collect me from the airport for a door to door service.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Vilamoura 

Top things to do in Faro: 

Beach Days (Grab a cocktails at Izzys)

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Eat the most amazing Seafood – Check out Marias

Watersports such as SUP & Kayaking (Sadly I didn’t get the chance to check these guys out but hopefully next year!).

A popular backpacker alternative to visit in The Algarve is surfing hotspot Lagos.

Faro – Lisbon 

Travel: I took a train from Loulé to Lisbon.

Accommodation: Yes Hostel

Top things to do in Lisbon: 

São Jorge Castle

Jeronimos Monastery

Belem Tower (be sure to try the famous Pasteis de Belem)

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Bairro Alto District

Timeout Market (great evening spot, for street vendor food)

Sintra day trip

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Cascais day trip

P.s. Want more on Lisbon – see my weekend guide.


Lisbon to Rome 

Travel: I flew from Lisbon to Rome, then took an airport bus to the city centre.

Accommodation: The Yellow

Top things to do in Rome:

Colosseum & Roman Forum

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Trevi Fountain

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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (Make sure you book ahead online, which substantially cuts down your queuing time and is only an additional four euros)

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St Peter's Basilica.jpg

Eat Pizza & Ice Cream

Rome to London 

Searching for ideas and things to do in London? Check out my Ultimate London Bucket List, or Weekend Guide.

I spent three/four nights in each destination, ensuring I had plenty of time to explore each city and visit the tourist sights.

I’m hoping to plan another Europe trip next summer….Any top destinations or route recommendations?

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