13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Caceres, Spain
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Merida, Spain
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Evora, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
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Cascais, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Fatima, Portugal
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Batalha, Portugal
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Obidos, Portugal
— 1 night
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Coimbra, Portugal
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Tomar, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Amarante, Portugal
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Pinhao, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
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Guimaraes, Portugal
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Braga, Portugal
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Combarro, Spain
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ponferrada, Spain
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Leon, Spain
— 1 night
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Sahagun, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Caceres.
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Caceres, Spain — 1 night

Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Caceres, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Arabe de Caceres Yussuf al Burch.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Caceres day trip tool.

You can drive from Madrid to Caceres in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in July, Caceres is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Merida.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Merida, Spain

Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. On the 12th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Lusitania and then make a trip to Presa Romana de Proserpina.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Merida online route builder.

Getting from Caceres to Merida by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Evora.
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Evora, Portugal

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos and then contemplate the long history of Aqueduto da Agua de Prata.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Evora trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Merida to Evora takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Evora. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.
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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 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lisbon online attractions planner.

Drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Evora in July: highs in Lisbon hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.
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Sintra, Portugal

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 14th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Pelourinho de Sintra and then get a sense of history and politics at Câmara Municipal.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sintra trip itinerary tool.

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. July in Sintra sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cascais.
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Cascais, Portugal

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take in the pleasant sights at Cabo da Roca.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cascais trip itinerary site.

Cascais is just a short distance from Sintra. In July, daytime highs in Cascais are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 1 night

City of Seven Hills

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cascais to Lisbon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. You'll set off for Fatima on the 15th (Fri).
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Fatima, Portugal

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Grutas de Mira de Aire.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fatima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Lisbon to Fatima by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Fatima are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Batalha.
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Batalha, Portugal

Batalha is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery and then look for gifts at Casa Trovao.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Batalha day trip site.

Batalha is very close to Fatima. In July in Batalha, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Obidos.
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Obidos, Portugal — 1 night

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Obidos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Batalha to Obidos in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Obidos are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will leave for Coimbra on the 16th (Sat).
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Coimbra, Portugal

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Coimbra attractions planning website.

Drive from Obidos to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tomar.
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Tomar, Portugal

Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista and then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Cristo.

Find out how to plan Tomar trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Coimbra to Tomar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Porto.
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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.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Porto trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Tomar to Porto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amarante.
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Amarante, Portugal

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amarante trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Amarante by car takes about an hour. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Pinhao.
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Pinhao, Portugal

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Douro Valley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pinhao trip planning tool.

Drive from Amarante to Pinhao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 1 night

Unvanquished City

On the 18th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto holiday planner.

You can drive from Pinhao to Porto in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Guimaraes.
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Guimaraes, Portugal

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Guimaraes tour planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Guimaraes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Guimaraes are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll set off for Braga on the 19th (Tue).
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Braga, Portugal

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Braga road trip planning site.

Braga is very close to Guimaraes. July in Braga sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Combarro.
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Combarro, Spain

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to Los Horreos de Combarro.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Combarro trip builder site.

Getting from Braga to Combarro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Braga to Combarro due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Compostela.
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 2 nights

City of Stone

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 20th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, and finally don't miss a visit to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Combarro to Santiago de Compostela takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ponferrada.
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Ponferrada, Spain

Ponferrada is the capital city of El Bierzo in the Province of León, Spain. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de los Templarios.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ponferrada day trip planning website.

You can drive from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.
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Leon, Spain — 1 night

León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Historic Center of Leon and then make a trip to Museo Casa Botines Gaudi.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leon online route builder.

Drive from Ponferrada to Leon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Leon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sahagun.
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Sahagun, Spain

Sahagún is a town in the province of León, Spain. On the 22nd (Fri), make a trip to Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sahagun trip tool.

You can drive from Leon to Sahagun in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Sahagun to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sahagun in July, expect Madrid to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
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.
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Province of Caceres travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife
Arguably one of the most unspoiled areas of natural wonder in Spain, the province of Cáceres mixes medieval cities, quiet country villages, and pristine nature reserves. Home to the notable Monfrague National Park and cherry blossom-filled Jerte Valley, the province is a well-known bird-watching and hiking destination. Its historic town centers are full of renowned churches, monasteries, and ruins dating back to the Roman times. Iberian ham is a very important part of the province’s gastronomy, as the famous black pigs are raised here.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.
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