25 days in Portugal, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biscarrosse Itinerary

25 days in Portugal, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biscarrosse Itinerary

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Penafiel, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Alcobaca, Portugal
— 7 nights
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Biscarrosse, France
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ondarreta Beach, Aiete parkea and Playa de Hondarribia. Attractions like Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro and Miramar Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes and Iglesia de San Vicente. Change things up with these side-trips from San Sebastian - Donostia: Museo del Ferrocarril (in Azpeitia), Museo de Coches Clasicos y Antiguos Torre Loizaga (in Galdames) and Bilbao (Basilica of Begona & Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota, take in the dramatic natural features at Basque Coast Geopark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real, and take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Nuevo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip builder tool.

Brussels, Belgium to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in August; daily highs in San Sebastian - Donostia reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Penafiel.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Penafiel, Portugal

— 5 nights
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario De Panoias and Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Municipal de Penafiel and Museu da Vila Velha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Penafiel: Braga (Chafariz do Castelo, Igreja da Misericordia de Braga, &more), Ponte da Barca (in Geraz do Minho) and Capela Nossa Senhora da Lapa (in Vieira do Minho).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Penafiel trip planner.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Penafiel in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Penafiel. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, Penafiel is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Alcobaca.

Things to do in Penafiel

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Alcobaca, Portugal

— 7 nights
Alcobaça is a city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal, formerly included in the Estremadura Province. Kids will enjoy Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz and Castelo de Leiria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grutas de Mira de Aire and Museu Monografico de Conimbriga. Change things up with these side-trips from Alcobaca: Ourem (Castelo de Ourém & Ginginha do Castelo), Fatima (Valinhos Sanctuary & Capela Das Aparicoes) and Tomar (Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Almourol, admire the striking features of Old Monestary of Santa Clara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alcobaca journey website.

Traveling by car from Penafiel to Alcobaca takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Alcobaca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Biscarrosse.

Things to do in Alcobaca

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Biscarrosse, France

— 7 nights
Biscarrosse is a commune in the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee de l'Hydraviation and La Plage. Eglise Sainte-Quitterie UNESCO WHS and Berges de la Midouze will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Notre Dame (in Dax), Conservatoire Avicole du Puyobrau (in Magescq) and Site d'Arjuzanx (in Arjuzanx). There's lots more to do: stroll through L'idylle Plage, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie Kanaha Beer, learn about winemaking at Chateau Rabaud-Promis, and stroll around PrehistoSite de Brassempouy.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Biscarrosse day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alcobaca to Biscarrosse. Traveling from Alcobaca to Biscarrosse, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Biscarrosse, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Biscarrosse

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.