20 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

20 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

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20 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
+2
train + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
2
Zaragoza, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santander, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Gijon, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Visit El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, and admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zaragoza driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Zaragoza are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are little chillier (21°C). You will leave for Bilbao on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Casco Viejo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and Church of Santo Tomas. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: Ruta del Agua del Inglares (in Berganzo) and RiojaNatura (in Santo Domingo de la Calzada). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Mount Arxanda, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at La Ribera Market, and kick back and relax at Playa Verde.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao travel route planning app .

Getting from Zaragoza to Bilbao by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zaragoza in August: highs in Bilbao hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

RiojaNatura, Church of Santo Tomas, Ruta del Agua del Inglares
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Estadio San Mames ©
Estadio San Mames
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

4
nights
Santander, Spain

Santander ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parque de Cabo Mayor and Museo de Altamira. Get outdoors at Picos Xtreme and Peninsula of Magdalena. When in Santander, make a side trip to see Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno in Obregon, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Santander, and look for all kinds of wild species at Urros de Liencres.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santander itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bilbao to Santander in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bilbao in August: highs in Santander hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gijon.

Things to do in Santander

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urros de Liencres, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno, Picos Xtreme, Museo de Altamira
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Picos Xtreme ©
Picos Xtreme
Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena
Palacio de La Magdalena ©
Palacio de La Magdalena

2
nights
Gijon, Spain

Gijon
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Lorenzo, and finally admire the striking features of Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gijon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santander to Gijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Gijon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo
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Playa de San Lorenzo
Playa de San Lorenzo
Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo ©
Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castro de Barona and Casa Historica de Cambados. Visiting Islas Cies and Playa Samil will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago de Compostela: Pontevedra (Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina & Basilica of Santa Maria), Castelo de Soutomaior (in Soutomaior) and Praia da Lanzada (in O Grove).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Gijon to Santiago de Compostela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Gijon in August, plan for little chillier nights in Santiago de Compostela, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pontevedra, Vigo, Castro de Barona, Castelo de Soutomaior, Praia da Lanzada
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Praia da Lanzada ©
Praia da Lanzada
Castro de Barona ©
Castro de Barona
Castelo de Soutomaior ©
Castelo de Soutomaior

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Paco Episcopal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then explore the activities along Rio Douro, and finally take a memorable drive along Teleferico de Gaia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Palacio de Cristal, make a trip to Livraria Lello, pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Porto online vacation planner .

Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Porto. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Teleferico de Gaia
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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