28 days in San Sebastian - Donostia, Bilbao & Portugal Itinerary

28 days in San Sebastian - Donostia, Bilbao & Portugal Itinerary

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Coimbra, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 2 nights

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Topic Centro Internacional Del Titere de Tolosa. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress and Walls of Pamplona and Castillo de la Mota. Explore San Sebastian - Donostia's surroundings by going to Caserio Museo Igartubeiti (in Ezkio), Aikur - Erle Museoa- Museo de Las Abejas (in Urretxu) and Museo del Ferrocarril (in Azpeitia). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Monte Urgull.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia journey maker site.

Dallas, USA to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In October, San Sebastian - Donostia is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

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Wine Tours & Tastings
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Palacio Real de Olite ©
Palacio Real de Olite

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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Escape the urban bustle at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Playa de Laga. Popular historic sites such as Casco Viejo and Bilbao, Spain are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: Santander (Playa de El Puntal, Palacio de La Magdalena, &more) and Playa de Candado (in Isla). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, steep yourself in history at La Ribera Market, and admire the striking features of Azkuna Zentroa.

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Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Bilbao are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Primera de El Sardinero ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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Porto, Portugal

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.
Get some historical perspective at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. Get a sense of the local culture at Museu Serralves and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the activities along Douro River, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mindelo Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Porto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bilbao to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bilbao to Porto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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River Rafting & Tubing
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Praia da Nazare and Praia do Norte. Get some cultural insight at Convento de Cristo and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Get out of town with these interesting Coimbra side-trips: Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso (in Nazare). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St Michael, see the interesting displays at Fatima Luz e Paz, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra).

Make your Coimbra itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Porto to Coimbra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Convento de Cristo ©
Convento de Cristo
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Praia da ursa. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Colecao Berardo will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal), Cascais (Guincho Beach & Boca do Inferno) and Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Step out of the city life by going to Portugal best cycling and Comporta Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo and Capela dos Ossos. Go for a jaunt from Evora to Monsaraz to see Monsaraz Castle and Walls about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Portugal, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Evora trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Evora are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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Skydive Portugal ©
Skydive Portugal
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo ©

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Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Saint Vincent and Fortaleza de Sagres are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Cordoama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Ponta do Castelo (in Carrapateira), Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira) and Praia Gale (in Gale). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at Museu de Portimao, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia of Alvor.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lagos, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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Faro, Portugal

Faro ©

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Faro Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Old Town Faro, and finally surround yourself with nature on Far-EcoTuk. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and then get engrossed in the history at Museu Municipal de Faro.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Faro trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Lagos to Faro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Faro

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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