19 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Hondarribia, Spain
— 1 night
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Santander, Spain
— 1 night
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Santillana del Mar, Spain
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Llanes, Spain
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Oviedo, Spain
— 1 night
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Navia, Spain
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Lugo, Spain
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La Coruna, Spain
— 1 night
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
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Vigo, Spain
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Coimbra, Portugal
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Fatima, Portugal
— 1 night
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Batalha, Portugal
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Nazare, Portugal
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Alcobaca, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Caceres, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Plaza Moyua, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Vicente Mártir de Abando, take an in-depth tour of Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Sacred Art (Museo de Arte Sacro), and finally experience the excitement of La Ribera Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bilbao trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Bilbao Airport and Santander Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Bilbao can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

— 2 nights

Green Capital of Spain

The capital of the Basque country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a medieval city with lively suburbs and a traditional but elegant urban feel.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de Santa Maria and Basilica de San Prudencio de Armentia. Bodega Conde de los Andes and Bohedal Bodega Boutique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vitoria-Gasteiz: Bodega Valenciso (in Ollauri), Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta (in Haro) and Briones (Miguel Merino Winery & Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bodegas Valdemar, explore the world behind art at Museo de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Museo Fournier de Naipes de Alava, and awaken your taste buds at Taste Rioja.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Vitoria-Gasteiz tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bilbao in October since evenings lows in Vitoria-Gasteiz dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Vicente, stop by La calle 31 de agosto, and then look for gifts at Viva la Vida.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia online journey planner.

You can drive from Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Vitoria-Gasteiz in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hondarribia.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Hondarribia, Spain

— 1 night
Hondarribia is a town situated on the west shore of Bidasoa river's mouth, in Gipuzkoa, in Basque Country, Spain.The border town is sited on a little promontory facing Hendaye over the Txingudi bay. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Esteban, see the interesting displays at Oiasso Roman Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Mariposas del Mundo, then kick back and relax at Playa de Hondarribia, then steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Hondarribia, and finally make a trip to Calle San Pedro.

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

Hondarribia is very close to San Sebastian - Donostia. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Hondarribia

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Santander, Spain

— 1 night

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Parque de Cabo Mayor, brush up on your military savvy at Museo de la Real Fabrica de Artilleria de La Cavada, see the interesting displays at La Finca del Marques de Valdecilla, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de La Magdalena, then stop by Santander es Mundial, and finally sample the fine beverages at Destileria Siderit.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santander trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Hondarribia to Santander in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October in Santander, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santillana del Mar.

Things to do in Santander

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Santillana del Mar, Spain

Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santillana del Mar itinerary planner.

Getting from Santander to Santillana del Mar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Llanes.

Things to do in Santillana del Mar

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Llanes, Spain

Llanes is a municipality of the province of Asturias, in northern Spain. For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Llanes day trip planning site.

You can drive from Santillana del Mar to Llanes in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Llanes, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll set off for Oviedo on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Llanes

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Oviedo, Spain

— 1 night
Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. On the 15th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan el Real, stop by Mercado El Fontan, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de La Balesquida, then examine the collection at Archaeological Museum of Asturias, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Tirso El Real, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Oviedo day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Llanes to Oviedo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Oviedo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Navia.

Things to do in Oviedo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Navia, Spain

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Navia online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oviedo to Navia takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You'll set off for Lugo on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Navia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
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Lugo, Spain

Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain in the autonomous community of Galicia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): trek along Ruta del Cantabrico.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lugo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Navia to Lugo takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lugo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Coruna.

Things to do in Lugo

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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La Coruna, Spain

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Artby's Galeria de Arte, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Barbara Convent, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Morazon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santa Maria del Azogue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Coruna driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lugo to La Coruna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in La Coruna can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in La Coruna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 17th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the fascinating history of Praza de Cervantes, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, then make a trip to Praza da Quintana de Vivos, then see the interesting displays at Museo Catedralicio, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gelmirez Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago de Compostela travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Coruna to Santiago de Compostela in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vigo.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Spas · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Vigo, Spain

— 1 night
Vigo is a city and municipality in the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, north-west Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at Eat & Walkabout, hunt for treasures at Mercado pedra, pause for some serene contemplation at Concatedral de Santa María, then get engrossed in the history at Salinae, then don't miss a visit to Sargadelos, and finally look for gifts at Kukadas Tienda.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vigo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Vigo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Vigo

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Tue), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, stop by Garrafeira do Carmo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, and finally examine the collection at FC Porto Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa Nova, get engrossed in the history at Museu de Aveiro, see the interesting displays at Oficina do Doce, do a tasting at Taylor's Port, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Porto sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Vigo to Porto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Vigo to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Coimbra, Portugal

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Olivais, look for gifts at Comur-Conserveira de Portugal, steep yourself in history at Sala dos Capelos, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, then steep yourself in history at Misericordia de Coimbra Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu da Ciencia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Coimbra trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Coimbra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Coimbra are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Fatima, Portugal

— 1 night
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Holy Trinity, and then appreciate the history behind Museu do Santuário de Fátima.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fatima sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Coimbra to Fatima in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Fatima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Batalha.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Batalha, Portugal

Batalha is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Batalha driving holiday site.

Batalha is just a stone's throw from Fatima. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Nazare.

Things to do in Batalha

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Nazare, Portugal

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. To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nazare trip planner.

Traveling by car from Batalha to Nazare takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Alcobaca on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Nazare

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Alcobaca, Portugal

Alcobaça is a city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal, formerly included in the Estremadura Province. For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Alcobaca trip itinerary website.

Alcobaca is very close to Nazare. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will leave for Lisbon on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Alcobaca

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, then don't miss a visit to Rua Augusta, then see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon driving holiday website.

You can drive from Alcobaca to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Caceres.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Caceres, Spain

Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Caceres, admire the masterpieces at Fundacion Mercedes Calles y Carlos Ballestero, get engrossed in the history at Museo De Cáceres, then explore the historical opulence of Palace de las Ciguenas, then explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Marqueses de Torreorgaz, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa del Aguila.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Caceres trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Lisbon to Caceres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Caceres due to the time zone difference. October in Caceres sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and finally wander the streets of La Latina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Naval Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Lazaro Galdiano.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip app.

Drive from Caceres to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Spain travel guide

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Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Asturias travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
With a dramatic coastline of nearly 600 beaches, a rolling countryside of deep valleys, and sleepy villages that provide a rustic backdrop, a holiday in Asturias can be as varied as you like. Fiercely proud of its ties to an ancient Celtic culture, the local population considers its part of the country the "real" Spain--this region was the only part of the country never completely conquered by the Moors. In many ways, the modern Spanish state grew right out of this unconquerable land. Today, Asturias possesses a huge number of pre-medieval attractions, many dating as far back as the 7th century. Numerous historical attractions scattered across the region’s rural landscape are World Heritage Sites, well-preserved remnants of Spain’s early Christian heritage.

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.