8 days in Spain Itinerary

8 days in Spain Itinerary

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8 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Vigo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santiago de Compostela
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
La Coruna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gijon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bilbao
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Leon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Salamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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Vigo

Vigo ©
Vigo is a city and municipality in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, north-west Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. On the 31st (Sat), head off the coast to Islas Cies and then kick back and relax at Playa Samil.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vigo day trip planning tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Vigo is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Vigo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in August; daily highs in Vigo reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Vigo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Samil ©
Playa Samil

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Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Hostal dos Reis Católicos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the interesting displays at Museo do Pobo Galego, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela day trip site .

Getting from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to La Coruna.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Hostal dos Reis Católicos ©
Hostal dos Reis Católicos

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La Coruna

La Coruna ©
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Castle of San Anton, then visit a coastal fixture at Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), then get to know the fascinating history of Monte de San Pedro, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Riazor.

Before you visit La Coruna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

La Coruna is just a stone's throw from Santiago de Compostela. In September, daily temperatures in La Coruna can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gijon.

Things to do in La Coruna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Riazor ©
Playa de Riazor
Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) ©
Monte de San Pedro ©
Monte de San Pedro

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night
Gijon

Gijon
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo, then stroll through Santa Catalina Headland (Cerro de Santa Catalina), and then kick back and relax at Playa de San Lorenzo.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gijon online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from La Coruna to Gijon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Gijon sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Gijon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo
Highlights from your plan
Playa de San Lorenzo
Playa de San Lorenzo
Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo ©

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Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao day trip tool .

Drive from Gijon to Bilbao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gijon in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Bilbao, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia travel route tool .

Take a bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Historic Center of Hondarribia
Highlights from your plan
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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Leon

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, take a stroll through Plaza San Martin, admire the masterpieces at Museo Gaudi Casa Botines, step into the grandiose world of Diputación Provincial De León, then admire the striking features of Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Leon route planner .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Leon in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Leon, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos ©
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos

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Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Salamanca,Casco Historico, steep yourself in history at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), then contemplate the long history of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Salamanca vacation planner.

Getting from Leon to Salamanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

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