21 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

21 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Santander, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Santillana del Mar, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Oviedo, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
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La Coruna, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Vigo, Spain
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
train:  1​h
10
Coimbra, Portugal
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
11
Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia day trip planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Bilbao Airport, Santander Airport and Zaragoza Air Base. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the next day, make a trip to Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana and then don't miss a visit to Medieval Bridge Castro Urdiales.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bilbao day trip site .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bilbao can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Santander.
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Medieval Bridge Castro Urdiales ©
Medieval Bridge Castro Urdiales
Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana ©
Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana

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Santander, Spain

Santander ©
Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
On the 2nd (Fri), stroll through Playa del Sable and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Galizano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santander route website .

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Santander takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in August, expect nights in Santander to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santillana del Mar.

Things to do in Santander

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa Galizano, Playa del Sable
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Playa del Sable ©
Playa del Sable
Playa Galizano ©
Playa Galizano
Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor ©
Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor

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Santillana del Mar, Spain

Santillana del Mar ©
Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santillana del Mar trip planner.

Santillana del Mar is just a short distance from Santander. August in Santillana del Mar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oviedo.

Things to do in Santillana del Mar

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Cubijeru
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Playa de Cubijeru ©
Playa de Cubijeru

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Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo ©
Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Mining and Industry, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Cuevas del Mar, and then make a trip to Ermita de la guia. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barayo Beach, make a trip to Capilla de la Atalaya y faro, and then enjoy the sea views from Faro Vidio.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Oviedo trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Santillana del Mar to Oviedo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Oviedo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cudillero, Barayo Beach, Museum of Mining and Industry, Playa de Cuevas del Mar, Capilla de la Atalaya y faro
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Playa de Cuevas del Mar ©
Playa de Cuevas del Mar
Museum of Mining and Industry ©
Museum of Mining and Industry
Faro Vidio ©
Faro Vidio

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): admire the striking features of Colegio Fonseca, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Area de Secada.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela trip planner .

Getting from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Oviedo in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santiago de Compostela, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to La Coruna.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa Area de Secada, Praia das Illas
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Playa Area de Secada ©
Playa Area de Secada
Museo Casa de la Troya ©
Museo Casa de la Troya

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La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Coruna holiday planner .

La Coruna is just a short distance from Santiago de Compostela. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 9th (Fri), you're off toVigo.

Things to do in La Coruna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Vigo, Spain

Vigo ©
Vigo is a city and municipality in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, north-west Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Canelas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Area das Pipas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Pedras Negras, take an in-depth tour of Casa Historica de Cambados, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Patos.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vigo trip maker app .

You can take a train from La Coruna to Vigo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Vigo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Porto.

Things to do in Vigo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

O Grove, Playa Canelas, Casa Historica de Cambados, Playa de Patos, Guías Malouco -Turismo y Aventura-
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Casa Historica de Cambados ©
Casa Historica de Cambados

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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.
On the 11th (Sun), head outdoors with Parque Biologico de Gaia. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Porto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Vigo to Porto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vigo to Porto. In August, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Parque Biologico de Gaia
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Parque Biologico de Gaia ©
Parque Biologico de Gaia
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Choupal National Forest and then admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Porto to Coimbra by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Coimbra

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Choupal National Forest ©
Choupal National Forest
Torre da Universidade de Coimbra ©
Torre da Universidade de Coimbra

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Fatima, Portugal

Fatima
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 13th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Grutas de Mira de Aire. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Leiria, then make a trip to Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila), then look for gifts at Sabores & Saberes, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Baleal Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fatima travel route planner .

You can drive from Coimbra to Fatima in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Fatima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Fatima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nazare, Obidos, Grutas de Mira de Aire, Baleal Beach, Praia Foz do Arelho
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Baleal Beach
Baleal Beach
Praia Foz do Arelho ©
Praia Foz do Arelho
Forte de Sao Miguel ©
Forte de Sao Miguel

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Guincho Beach, then steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros, and then don't miss a visit to Rossio Train Station. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Formosa, stop by Mercearia da Aldeia, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon travel route website .

Getting from Fatima to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Fatima in August, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Praia da Formosa, Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei, Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach
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Guincho Beach ©
Guincho Beach
Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei ©
Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei
Rossio Train Station ©
Rossio Train Station

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