30 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

30 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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30 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain
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San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Leon, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Braganca, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Torre de Moncorvo, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Lamego, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Nazare, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
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San Jose del Valle, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
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Torrox, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Cartagena, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Benidorm, Spain
— 2 nights
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tram + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain

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San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain

San Vicente de la Barquera ©
San Vicente de la Barquera is a municipality of Cantabria in northern Spain. Kids will appreciate attractions like Beach of La Franca and Playa Meron. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Vicente de la Barquera: Ermita de Nuestra Senora del Rosario (in Alles) and Ruta del Cares (in Poncebos). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oyambre, make a trip to Castillo del Rey, get great views at Cliff Bolao Cantabria, and take in the views from La Maza Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Vicente de la Barquera trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Santander Airport, Bilbao Airport and Asturias Airport. In October in San Vicente de la Barquera, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Leon.

Things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palacio de Sobrellano, Cliff Bolao Cantabria, Ruta del Cares, Beach of La Franca, Ermita de Nuestra Senora del Rosario
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Oyambre ©
Playa de Oyambre
Beach of La Franca ©
Beach of La Franca
Ferreria de Cades ©
Ferreria de Cades

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Leon, Spain

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Plaza Del Grano, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Gaudi Casa Botines, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): Head underground at Cuevas de Valporquero, take in the spiritual surroundings of Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, and finally make a trip to Historic Center of Leon.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Leon vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from San Vicente de la Barquera to Leon takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Vicente de la Barquera in October, Leon is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Braganca.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cuevas de Valporquero
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
Cuevas de Valporquero ©
Cuevas de Valporquero
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon ©

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Braganca, Portugal

Braganca ©
Bragança is a city and municipality in north-eastern Portugal, capital of the district of Bragança, in the Alto Trás-os-Montes subregion of Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Citadel of Braganca. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Rio de Onor Village, make a trip to Domus Municipalis, learn about all things military at Museu Militar De Bragança, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Braganza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Antiga Se.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Braganca trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Leon to Braganca takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Leon to Braganca. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Torre de Moncorvo.

Things to do in Braganca

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Museu das Curiosidades
Highlights from your plan
Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza
Rio de Onor Village ©
Rio de Onor Village
Domus Municipalis ©
Domus Municipalis

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Torre de Moncorvo, Portugal

Torre de Moncorvo ©
Torre de Moncorvo is a municipality in the district of Bragança in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Museu da Fundacao do Coa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Torre de Moncorvo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Braganca to Torre de Moncorvo in 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Lamego.

Things to do in Torre de Moncorvo

Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Museu da Fundacao do Coa
Highlights from your plan
Igreja Matriz de Torre de Moncorvo ©
Igreja Matriz de Torre de Moncorvo

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Lamego, Portugal

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa de Mateus (in Vila Real), Pena Aventura Park (in Ribeira de Pena) and Se Catedral de Viseu (in Viseu). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Quinta Santa Eufemia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Lamego, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Lamego, and steep yourself in history at Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lamego online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Torre de Moncorvo to Lamego in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Lamego

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Pena Aventura Park, Casa de Mateus, Se Catedral de Viseu
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Pena Aventura Park ©
Pena Aventura Park
Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia da Luz, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro, and then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner .

Drive from Lamego to Porto in 1.5 hours. October in Porto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nazare.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Nazare, Portugal

Nazare ©
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Norte, don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, and then don't miss a visit to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nazare, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Porto to Nazare by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Obidos Village, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Praia do Norte ©
Praia do Norte
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village

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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.
Bring the kids along to Lisbon Oceanarium and Belém Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Nazare to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio), then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve.

For maps and tourist information, use the Lagos trip site .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daytime highs in Lagos are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to San Jose del Valle.

Things to do in Lagos

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Zoomarine Algarve
Highlights from your plan
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

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San Jose del Valle, Spain

San Jose del Valle ©
On the next day, explore the activities along Hozgarganta River, then make a trip to Castle of Jimena de la Frontera, and then explore the activities along Los Hurones Reservoir.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose del Valle trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Lagos to San Jose del Valle in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lagos to San Jose del Valle is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lagos in October: highs in San Jose del Valle hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will leave for Torrox on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in San Jose del Valle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jimena de la Frontera
Highlights from your plan
Hozgarganta River ©
Hozgarganta River
Castle of Jimena de la Frontera ©
Castle of Jimena de la Frontera
Los Hurones Reservoir ©
Los Hurones Reservoir

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Torrox, Spain

Torrox
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): ponder the design of The Old Fountain and then take in the waterfront at Torrox Costa Promenade.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Torrox online trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Jose del Valle to Torrox takes 3 hours. While traveling from San Jose del Valle, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Torrox, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Cartagena.

Things to do in Torrox

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frigiliana

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Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): go for a walk through Plaza del Ayuntamiento and then wander the streets of Calle Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at La Mata Beach, then stroll through Las Salinas de Torrevieja, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Teatro Romano.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena itinerary site .

You can drive from Torrox to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. October in Cartagena sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Benidorm.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Torrevieja
Highlights from your plan
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano
Plaza del Ayuntamiento ©
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Cartagena Naval Base ©
Cartagena Naval Base

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Benidorm, Spain

Benidorm ©
A major seaside resort on the famous Costa Blanca, Benidorm was built compactly, thanks to the foresight of a local government administrator in the 1960s, who had a vision for a holiday destination that would grow upwards.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a stroll through El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Levante, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poniente Beach, and then make a trip to Balcon del Mediterraneo.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Benidorm road trip planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Benidorm by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and tram. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Benidorm

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Poniente Beach ©
Poniente Beach
Playa de Levante ©
Playa de Levante
El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm ©
El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm

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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 28th (Mon): make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

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Traveling by combination of tram and train from Benidorm to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Benidorm in October, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Millan de la Cogolla.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

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San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain

San Millan de la Cogolla
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Millan de la Cogolla using our trip planner.

You can drive from Madrid to San Millan de la Cogolla in 4 hours. October in San Millan de la Cogolla sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), you're off toBilbao.

Things to do in San Millan de la Cogolla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Plentzia, then kick back and relax at Playa de Azkorri, then savor the flavors at La Ribera Market, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bilbao online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Millan de la Cogolla to Bilbao takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Plentzia ©
Playa de Plentzia
Room Escape Games
Taberna Plaza Nueva ©
Taberna Plaza Nueva