56 days in Iberia Itinerary

56 days in Iberia Itinerary

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56 days in Iberia Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis, United States
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Avila, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Caceres, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tarifa, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Cordoba, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
6
Zaragoza, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Soria, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Burgos, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Leon, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Llanes, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Ribadeo, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Salamanca, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Porto, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Fatima, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Saint Louis, United States

2
nights
Avila, Spain

Avila ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Four Posts and Capilla de Mosen Rubi. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Ávila and Palace of Los Velada are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avila: Segovia (Catedral de Segovia & Alcazar de Segovia) and Museo de Adolfo Suarez y la Transicion (in Cebreros). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica de San Vicente, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santiago, delve into the distant past at The Walls of Avila, and step into the grandiose world of Palacio De Bracamonte.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Avila trip itinerary builder.

Saint Louis, USA to Avila is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Saint Louis in May, things will get slightly colder in Avila: highs are around 71°F and lows about 46°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Caceres.

Things to do in Avila

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Segovia, Museo de Adolfo Suarez y la Transicion
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente
Capilla de Mosen Rubi ©
Capilla de Mosen Rubi
Palace of Los Bracamonte ©
Palace of Los Bracamonte

4
nights
Caceres, Spain

Caceres ©
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano and Bujaco tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Star Archway (Arco de la Estrella) and Tower de los Sande are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Convento de El Palancar (in Pedroso de Acim), TurismoTrujillo.es Actividades Turisticas (in Trujillo) and Teatro Romano de Merida (in Merida). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Caceres, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Marqueses de Torreorgaz, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Caceres.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Caceres sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Avila to Caceres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Avila in May, with highs in Caceres at 80°F and lows at 55°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Merida, Turismo Trujillo, Convento de El Palancar
Highlights from your plan
Museo De Cáceres ©
Museo De Cáceres
Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) ©
Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch)
Torre de Bujaco ©
Torre de Bujaco

2
nights
Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa de Zahara de los Atunes and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Valdevaqueros. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Bolonia and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tarifa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Caceres to Tarifa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Caceres in May, expect nights in Tarifa to be a bit warmer, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa de Zahara, Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Valdevaqueros ©
Playa de Valdevaqueros
Playa de Zahara ©
Playa de Zahara

4
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Roman Theatre and Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena and Iglesia de Santiago. Get out of town with these interesting Malaga side-trips: Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Playa de Burriana), Marbella Old Quarter (in Marbella) and El Torcal Natural Park (in Antequera). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, make a trip to Puerto de Malaga, and see the interesting displays at Museo Automovilistico.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Malaga travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tarifa to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Malaga, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nerja, Marbella, Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, El Torcal de Antequera
Highlights from your plan
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion ©
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion

4
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Get a sense of the local culture at Calleja de las Flores and Sala el Potro. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castillo de Almodovar del Rio and Roman Bridge. Step out of Cordoba with an excursion to Waterskiing & Jetskiing in Almodovar del Rio--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Marina de Aguas Santas Church.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Malaga to Cordoba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in May, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Castillo de Almodovar
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de Almodovar ©
Castillo de Almodovar
Calleja de las Flores ©
Calleja de las Flores

3
nights
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Aquagraria and Casa Palacio de los Condes de Bureta. Get a sense of the local culture at Ascensor del Pilar and Monasterio de Piedra. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Daroca, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Aljaferia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zaragoza vacation planner.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Zaragoza in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Cordoba in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Zaragoza: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Soria.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Palacio de los Condes de Bureta, Aquagraria
Highlights from your plan
Daroca ©
Daroca
Palacio de los Condes de Bureta ©
Palacio de los Condes de Bureta
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

5
nights
Soria, Spain

Soria ©
Soria is a city in north-central Spain, the capital of the province of Soria in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Ermita de San Saturio and Yacimiento Arquelogico De Numancia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Catedral de la Asunción del Burgo de Osma and Santa Maria de Huerta Monasterio Cisterciense will appeal to history buffs. Explore Soria's surroundings by going to Berlanga de Duero (Castle of Rello, Castillo de Berlanga de Duero, & more), Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel (in San Esteban De Gormaz) and Monasterio Cisterciense de Santa María de Huerta (in Santa Maria de Huerta). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Natural Sierra Cebollera. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Gormaz Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De San Miguel De Almazan, delve into the distant past at Tiermes, and take in the awesome beauty at Monte Valonsadero.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Soria travel planner.

You can drive from Zaragoza to Soria in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Burgos.

Things to do in Soria

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Berlanga de Duero, Monasterio Cisterciense de Santa María de Huerta, Iglesia De San Miguel De Almazan, Parque Natural Sierra Cebollera, Yacimiento Arquelogico De Numancia
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de Berlanga de Duero ©
Castillo de Berlanga de Duero
Ermita de San Saturio ©
Ermita de San Saturio

5
nights
Burgos, Spain

Burgos ©
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Evolucion Humana and Historic Center of Burgos. Popular historic sites such as Monasterio de las Huelgas and Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Burgos: Iglesia de San Martin de Fromista (in Fromista), Iglesia de Santa Maria la Blanca (in Villalcazar de Sirga) and Carrion de los Condes (Iglesia de Santa María del Camino & Iglesia De Santiago). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cartuja de Miraflores, examine the collection at Museo Marceliano Santa Maria, explore the historical opulence of Casa del Cordon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Burgos.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Burgos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Soria to Burgos takes 2 hours. May in Burgos sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Carrion de los Condes, Monasterio Santa Maria de Rioseco, Iglesia de Santa Maria la Blanca, Iglesia de San Martin de Fromista, Ermita de San Pantaleon de Losa
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari
Cartuja de Miraflores ©
Cartuja de Miraflores
Monasterio de las Huelgas ©
Monasterio de las Huelgas

4
nights
Leon, Spain

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de San Isidoro and Palacio de los Condes de Grajal. Visit Episcopal Palace and Puente del Passo Honroso for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Torrestio (in Torrestio), Iglesia de San Tirso (in Sahagun) and Castrillo de los Polvazares (in Castrillo de los Polvazares). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Plaza Del Grano, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Marcelo, and see the interesting displays at Fundación Sierra Pambley.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Leon custom trip planner.

You can drive from Burgos to Leon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Leon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Llanes.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Puente del Passo Honroso, Torrestio, Iglesia de San Tirso, Palacio De Gaudi, Castrillo de los Polvazares
Highlights from your plan
Palacio De Gaudi ©
Palacio De Gaudi
Plaza Del Grano ©
Plaza Del Grano
Fundación Sierra Pambley ©
Fundación Sierra Pambley

4
nights
Llanes, Spain

Llanes ©
Llanes is a municipality of the province of Asturias, in northern Spain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa de Torimbia and Playa de Gulpiyuri. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga and Iglesia de Niembro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Llanes: Cueva de El Pindal (in Pimiango) and Cangas de Onis (Lake Covadonga & Santuario De Covadonga). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bufones de Pria and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach of La Franca.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Llanes trip generator.

Traveling by car from Leon to Llanes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Llanes when traveling from Leon in June, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Ribadeo.

Things to do in Llanes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cangas de Onis, Cueva de El Pindal, Beach of La Franca
Highlights from your plan
Bufones de Pria ©
Bufones de Pria
Playa de Torimbia ©
Playa de Torimbia
Beach of La Franca ©
Beach of La Franca

3
nights
Ribadeo, Spain

Ribadeo ©
Ribadeo is a municipality in the Spanish province of Lugo in Galicia. Visit Muralla Romana de Lugo and Catedral de Mondonedo for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Molinos Mazonovo and Ethnografic Museum de Grandas de Salime. Explore Ribadeo's surroundings by going to Barayo Beach (in Puerto de Vega) and Catedral de Lugo (in Lugo). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Catedrales.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ribadeo itinerary planner.

Getting from Llanes to Ribadeo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Ribadeo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lugo, Museo Etnografico de Grandas de Salime, Barayo Beach, Museo Molinos Mazonovo, Catedral de Mondonedo
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Lugo ©
Catedral de Lugo
Catedral de Mondonedo ©
Catedral de Mondonedo
Museo Molinos Mazonovo ©
Museo Molinos Mazonovo

5
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Explore hidden gems such as Ieronimus and New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa Lis and Iglesia de San Cipriano. Explore Salamanca's surroundings by going to Parroquia de los Santos Juanes (in Nava del Rey), Parroquia San Martin Del Castanar (in San Martin del Castanar) and Iglesia de Santa Maria (in Alaejos). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), steep yourself in history at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), identify plant and animal life at Meandro Melero, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Marcos Church.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Salamanca sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ribadeo to Salamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ribadeo in June: highs in Salamanca hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Cipriano, Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Anunciada, Castillo de la Mota, Iglesia de Santa Maria, Meandro Melero
Highlights from your plan
Convento de las Duenas ©
Convento de las Duenas
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva) ©
New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva)

6
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santuario de Santa Luzia and Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga. Guimaraes Castle and Igreja do Carmo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Castelo de Linhares da Beira (in Linhares), Bom Jesus do Monte (in Braga) and Castelo de Marialva (in Marialva). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Muralhas e Castelo de Trancoso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clerigos Tower, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Salamanca to Porto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Salamanca to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Salamanca in June, plan for little chillier days in Porto, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Braga, Santuario de Santa Luzia, Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão, Igreja Matriz de Vila Nova de Foz Coa
Highlights from your plan
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Castelo de Linhares da Beira ©
Castelo de Linhares da Beira
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo

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nights
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Visiting Praia da Nazare and Foz do Arelho Beach will get you outdoors. Monastery of Alcobaca and Castelo de Almourol will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fatima: Convento da Ordem de Cristo (in Tomar) and Obidos Village (in Obidos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, steep yourself in history at Batalha Monastery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fatima trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Porto to Fatima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daytime highs in Fatima are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 30th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Batalha Monastery, Convent of Christ, Obidos Village, Praia da Nazare, Monastery of Alcobaca
Highlights from your plan
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade
Castle of Almourol
Castle of Almourol
Monastery of Alcobaca ©
Monastery of Alcobaca