23 days in Spain, Bussaco & Braga Itinerary

23 days in Spain, Bussaco & Braga Itinerary

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23 days in Spain, Bussaco & Braga Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
Drive:  2​h
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Bussaco, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Avila, Spain
— Few hours
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Segovia, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Burgos, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Laguardia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Santillana del Mar, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Oviedo, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Braga, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
End: Porto, Portugal

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Bussaco, Portugal

Bussaco
You've now added Palace of Bussaco to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bussaco trip builder site .

Porto to Bussaco is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. June in Bussaco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salamanca.

Things to do in Bussaco

Historic Sites
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Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
You've added Torre del Clavero Tower, St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), Convento de las Duenas, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Salamanca's Plaza Mayor. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Clavero Tower, admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), contemplate the long history of Convento de las Duenas, steep yourself in history at Cueva de Salamanca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally contemplate the long history of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva).

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Salamanca trip builder .

Traveling by car from Bussaco to Salamanca takes 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bussaco to Salamanca due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bussaco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Salamanca, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off toBurgos.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums
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Salina's Palace ©
Salina's Palace
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus

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Avila, Spain

Avila ©
Ávila is a Spanish town located in the autonomous community of Castile and León, and is the capital of the Province of Ávila.It is sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, and it claims that it is one of the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain. You've added City Hall, Church of San Juan Bautista, Tower of Los Guzmanes, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), admire the striking features of Basilica de San Vicente, explore the ancient world of The Walls of Avila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Avila, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then make a trip to Avila Plaza del Mercado Chico, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Juan Bautista.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Avila trip itinerary website .

Getting from Salamanca to Avila by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Segovia.

Things to do in Avila

Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Avila ©
Cathedral of Avila
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente
Avila Plaza del Mercado Chico ©
Avila Plaza del Mercado Chico

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Segovia, Spain

Segovia ©
As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
You've added Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, Alcazar de Segovia, Catedral de Segovia, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Segovia itinerary website .

Drive from Avila to Segovia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Segovia when traveling from Avila in July, with lows around 25°C. You will leave for Burgos on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Segovia

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Segovia Aqueduct ©
Segovia Aqueduct
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia

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Burgos, Spain

Burgos ©
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arco de Santa Maria, Paseo del Espolon and Cartuja de Miraflores. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Burgos, then explore the galleries of Cartuja de Miraflores, then stroll through Paseo del Espolon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Arco de Santa Maria.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Burgos online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Segovia to Burgos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Segovia in July: high temperatures in Burgos hover around 32°C and lows are around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Millan de la Cogolla.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Catedral De Burgos ©
Catedral De Burgos
Cartuja de Miraflores ©
Cartuja de Miraflores
Arco de Santa Maria ©
Arco de Santa Maria

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San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain

San Millan de la Cogolla ©
San Millán de la Cogolla is a sparsely populated municipality in La Rioja,.Jews were living here as early as at Nájera, and they suffered greatly in the civil war between Peter of Castile and Henry II of Castile. For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Millan de la Cogolla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Burgos to San Millan de la Cogolla takes 1.5 hours. In July, San Millan de la Cogolla is a bit warmer than Burgos - with highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Laguardia.

Things to do in San Millan de la Cogolla

Historic Sites
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Monasterio de Yuso ©
Monasterio de Yuso

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Laguardia, Spain

Laguardia ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Vega, Church of Santo Tomas, Ermita de San Felices de Bilibio, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): do a tasting at Bodegas Ysios and then make a trip to Calle del Laurel. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Marques de Riscal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita de San Felices de Bilibio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Tomas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Vega.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Laguardia attractions planner .

Traveling by car from San Millan de la Cogolla to Laguardia takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Laguardia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Pamplona.

Things to do in Laguardia

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haro, Calle del Laurel, Bodegas Marques de Riscal
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Bodegas Marques de Riscal ©
Bodegas Marques de Riscal
Calle del Laurel ©
Calle del Laurel
Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes ©

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Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona ©
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iglesia de San Saturnino as well as Ayuntamiento de Pamplona. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza del Castillo, admire the striking features of Pamplona Catedral, don't miss a visit to Iglesia de San Saturnino, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona, and finally ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona.

Plan trip to Pamplona with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Laguardia to Pamplona in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Pamplona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Pamplona Catedral ©
Pamplona Catedral
Plaza del Castillo ©
Plaza del Castillo
Iglesia de San Saturnino ©
Iglesia de San Saturnino

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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.
You've added Monte San Anton, Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, Txomin Etxaniz, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, take a stroll through Parte Vieja, make a trip to Peine del Viento, and explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia online travel route planner .

Drive from Pamplona to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pamplona in July, you will find days in San Sebastian - Donostia are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Getaria, Hondarribia
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Peine del Viento ©
Peine del Viento

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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque de los Pueblos de Europa, Casa de Juntas, Mural del "Guernica" de Picasso, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, take in the views from White Bridge (Zubi Zuri), wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and browse the fresh offerings at La Ribera Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bilbao travel site .

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Santillana del Mar.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gernika-Lumo, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bosque de Oma, Vizcaya Bridge
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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Santillana del Mar, Spain

Santillana del Mar ©
Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the landmark architecture of El Capricho de Gaudi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Inquisicion.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santillana del Mar travel planner .

You can drive from Bilbao to Santillana del Mar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in July, you will find days in Santillana del Mar are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oviedo.

Things to do in Santillana del Mar

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Room Escape Games, El Capricho de Gaudi
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Museo de la Inquisicion ©
Museo de la Inquisicion
El Capricho de Gaudi ©
El Capricho de Gaudi
Room Escape Games

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Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo ©
Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. Change things up with these side-trips from Oviedo: Cangas de Onis (Puente Romano, Santuario De Covadonga, & more), Gijon (Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Room Escape Games, & more) and TeverAstur Senda del Oso (in Teverga Municipality). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa María del Naranco. Prerrománico asturiano and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel de Lillo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oviedo online trip builder .

You can drive from Santillana del Mar to Oviedo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Oviedo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gijon, Cangas de Onis, TeverAstur Senda del Oso
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
TeverAstur Senda del Oso ©
TeverAstur Senda del Oso
Lake Covadonga ©
Lake Covadonga
Room Escape Games

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santiago de Compostela side-trips: Faro de Fisterra (in Fisterra) and Praia da Lanzada (in O Grove). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, make a trip to Hostal dos Reis Católicos, and stroll through Mirador Parque da Alameda.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Compostela trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Santiago de Compostela when traveling from Oviedo in July, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Faro de Fisterra, Praia da Lanzada
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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela ©
Plaza del Obradoiro ©
Plaza del Obradoiro

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Braga, Portugal

Braga ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bom Jesus do Monte.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Braga trip planner .

Getting from Santiago de Compostela to Braga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Braga is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guimaraes
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Centro Historico de Guimaraes ©
Centro Historico de Guimaraes
Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle

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