24 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

24 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ourense, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santander, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), then take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and finally make a trip to Palau Guell.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In September, daytime highs in Barcelona are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

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Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Madrid, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Salamanca, Spain

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Get out of town with these interesting Salamanca side-trips: Valladolid (Iglesia de San Pablo, Museo Nacional de Escultura, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), ponder the world of politics at Universidad de Salamanca, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Salamanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Madrid in September since evenings lows in Salamanca dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Porto, Portugal

— 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Dedicate the 24th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Salamanca in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Porto: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ourense.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Ourense, Spain

— 2 nights
Ourense is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of the same name in Galicia.PopulationIts population of 106,905 accounts for 30% of the population of the province and makes it the third largest city of Galicia.In 2010 there were 5,943 foreigners living in the city, representing 5.46% of the total population. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Portico Del Paraiso, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, head outdoors with Canon del Sil, then don't miss a visit to Balcones de Madrid, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de San Esteban de Ribas de Sil. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ourense, then take in the natural beauty of Ourense Thermal Springs, then examine the collection at As Burgas Interpretation Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ourense trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Ourense takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ourense. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Ourense

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): walk around Parque de la Alameda.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela route builder tool.

Getting from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Santander.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites · Parks

Santander, Spain

— 2 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at Antiguo Ayuntamiento de Comillas, admire the landmark architecture of El Capricho de Gaudi, see the interesting displays at Museo de Altamira, then look for all kinds of wild species at Urros de Liencres, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palacio de La Magdalena.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santander trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Santander takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September in Santander, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): experience the excitement of La Ribera Market and then stop by Casco Viejo. Here are some ideas for day two: get into the urban bustle at Azkuna Zentroa, snap pictures at Puente Zubizuri, then admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bilbao attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santander to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Bilbao sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for Pamplona.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Pamplona, Spain

— 2 nights
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pamplona: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Logrono), Bodegas Marques de Riscal (in Elciego) and Palacio Real de Olite (in Olite). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Catedral de Pamplona, admire nature's extreme beauty at Bardenas Reales, ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, and explore the galleries of Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pamplona visit planner.

Getting from Bilbao to Pamplona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 49°F in Pamplona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Pamplona

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Zaragoza, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 6th (Wed), admire the striking features of Palacio de la Aljaferia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, then make a trip to Plaza del Pilar, and finally make a trip to El Tubo.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zaragoza journey planner.

Drive from Pamplona to Zaragoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, enjoy some diversion at La Casa Vella - Flamenco in Barcelona, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zaragoza in October, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Province of A Coruna travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Lighthouses
Explore the small but energetic towns along the coastline of A Coruña Province, and you may wonder why tourism hasn’t exploded in the northwestern section of the country. This often-ignored area of wild beauty is where the sea meets the land in the most dramatic of ways. The Atlantic Ocean’s powerful waves break against the lofty cliffs of this untamed region, with numerous unspoiled beaches presenting secluded oases of tranquility. This land is an ideal destination for a holiday off the well-trodden tourist path, featuring an attractive landscape of fishing villages, traditional lighthouses, and gentle dunes.