12 days in Spain, Braganca & Porto Itinerary

12 days in Spain, Braganca & Porto Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Palencia, Spain
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain
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Santander, Spain
— 1 night
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Braganca, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
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Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary planning site.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Madrid due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Palencia.

Things to do in Madrid

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Palencia, Spain

— 1 night
Palencia is a city south of Tierra de Campos, in north-northwest Spain, the capital of the province of Palencia in the autonomous community of Castile and León. On the 24th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Cristo del Otero, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Palencia, then let little ones run wild at El Valle de los Seis Sentidos, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal de Castilla. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Palencia, don't miss a visit to Ayuntamiento, have fun and explore at San Pedro Cultural, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Arte Sacro, then snap pictures at Puente de Puentecillas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palencia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Palencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, Palencia is little chillier than Madrid - with highs of 78°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Palencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia online route builder.

Traveling by car from Palencia to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Palencia in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Sebastian - Donostia, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Bilbao, Spain

— 1 day

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the views from Vizcaya Bridge, then stop by Casco Viejo, then take in the views from Puente Zubizuri, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bilbao road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 28th (Tue): make a trip to Laberinto de Villapresente, then get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Santillana, then kick back and relax at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de El Puntal.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santander itinerary planner.

Drive from Bilbao to Santander in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in June, you will find days in Santander are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Braganca.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Braganca, Portugal

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Braganza, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria, admire the landmark architecture of Domus Municipalis, then examine the collection at Museu Militar De Bragança, and finally look for gifts at Mercearia da Se.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Braganca online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santander to Braganca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Braganca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

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 30th (Thu), stop by Livraria Lello, go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally explore the activities along Douro River.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto route planner.

Traveling by car from Braganca to Porto takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Porto are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Salamanca, Spain

— 1 night

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 1st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salamanca visit app.

Drive from Porto to Salamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Porto to Salamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: highs in Salamanca hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

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Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Salamanca to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Madrid when traveling from Salamanca in July, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Spain travel guide

4.5
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.

Province of Palencia travel guide

4.4
Churches · Monuments · Ruins
Palencia is a city south of Tierra de Campos, in north-northwest Spain, the capital of the province of Palencia in the autonomous community of Castile and León. The municipality had a population of 81,522 in 2011.GeographyWelcome to the website of the City Council of Palencia.The city of Palencia, whose City Council I have the pride and honour to preside, is located in the heart of the Autonomous Community of Castile an Leon and is the capital of the province of the same name.With a population of 82100, it lies 235 Km north from Madrid and 47 Km from Valladolid. It is linked to both cities by motorway and high-speed train.Due to its strategic location in the centre of the Spanish northern plateau, next to the Atlantic Railway Corridor and the European Route E-80, it makes the perfect site both for national and international logistics.I like to think that Palencia is a pleasant, environmentally friendly city, with plenty of pedestrian and green areas. Actually, it is the Spanish city with the largest extent of parks and green zones in relation to the total area.We are also one of the Spanish cities which invest more in the promotion of sports (€ 63 per capita over the past year). In 2006, we have been recognised as a Child Friendly City by UNICEF and in 2012 we were awarded the Digital City Google Award. In 2011 we achieved a Sustainable City Award, granted by the Environmental Forum Foundation and we are currently very involved in everything related to smart cities.Palencia can boast of being one of the places where best Castilian Spanish is spoken. For this reason and the others I have mentioned before, I think that we have a great potential to host overseas students who would like to learn Spanish. Thus, we are presently working on a project called Learn Spanish in Palencia.

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