23 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

23 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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23 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: San Roque, Spain
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Logrono, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Leon, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
9
Cascais, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
10
Olhao, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
11
Cadiz, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: San Roque, Spain


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3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at La Casa Encendida, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then take a stroll through Gran Via, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid online sightseeing planner.

San Roque to Madrid is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Roque in August, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Logrono.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Logrono, Spain

Logrono ©
Logroño is a city in northern Spain, on the Ebro River. On the 28th (Fri), do a tasting at Bodegas Campo Viejo, then do a tasting at Bodegas Franco Espanolas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Concatedral de Santa Maria de la Redonda, and finally make a trip to Calle del Laurel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Marques de Riscal, and then do a tasting at Bodegas Tritium.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Logrono online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Logrono in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in August: high temperatures in Logrono hover around 36°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Logrono

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodegas Tritium, Bodegas Marques de Riscal
Highlights from your plan
Bodegas Tritium ©
Bodegas Tritium
Bodegas Campo Viejo ©
Bodegas Campo Viejo
Bodegas Marques de Riscal ©
Bodegas Marques de Riscal

2
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at San Telmo Museoa, then stop by Parte Vieja, then explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, and finally kick back and relax at La Concha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Fortress and Walls of Pamplona, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip app.

Getting from Logrono to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Logrono, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 20°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Historic Center of Hondarribia, Fortress and Walls of Pamplona
Highlights from your plan
Miramar Palace ©
Miramar Palace
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach

2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 1st (Tue), savor the flavors at La Ribera Market and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bilbao trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Bilbao sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Leon.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum ©
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

1
night
Leon, Spain

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Leon trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Bilbao to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in September, plan for little chillier nights in Leon, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon ©

3
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela and Museo Catedralicio. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo do Pobo Galego and Museo das Peregrinacións. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago de Compostela: Sada (Playa de Morazon & Barrio Marinero de Fontan), Iglesia de Santiago (in Betanzos) and La Coruna (Playa de Riazor & Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules)). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Santa Maria de Belvis, get engrossed in the history at The City of Culture of Galicia, contemplate the long history of Enxebre, and examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Troya.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Leon to Santiago de Compostela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sada, La Coruna, Iglesia de Santiago
Highlights from your plan
Museo das Peregrinacións ©
Museo das Peregrinacións
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Convento de Santa Maria de Belvis ©
Convento de Santa Maria de Belvis

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio da Bolsa and Casa do Infante. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, kick back and relax at Praia de Lavadores, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Porto itinerary site.

Getting from Santiago de Compostela to Porto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Porto is minus 1 hour. September in Porto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Super Bock Casa da Cerveja
Highlights from your plan
Pocas ©
Pocas
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Colecao Berardo. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, visit Bairro Alto, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Porto in September, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Cascais.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

few
hours
Cascais, Portugal

Cascais ©
A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Museu do Bonsai and then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cascais online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Cascais by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Olhao.

Things to do in Cascais

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Museu do Bonsai ©
Museu do Bonsai

1
night
Olhao, Portugal

Olhao ©
Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Olhao driving holiday website.

You can drive from Cascais to Olhao in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In September in Olhao, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cadiz.

Things to do in Olhao

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes ©
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes
Atelier Zea ©
Atelier Zea

2
nights
Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): do a tasting at Bodegas Luis Perez, then see the interesting displays at Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodegas Tio Pepe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Torre Tavira, take an in-depth tour of Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Caleta Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Cadiz.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cadiz journey planner.

You can drive from Olhao to Cadiz in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Olhao to Cadiz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Cadiz

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Jerez De La Frontera
Highlights from your plan
Bodegas Luis Perez ©
Bodegas Luis Perez
Catedral de Cadiz ©
Catedral de Cadiz

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