9 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

9 days in Spain & Porto Itinerary

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Bilbao, Spain
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
— 2 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Santander, Spain
— 1 night
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Oviedo, Spain
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La Coruna, Spain
— 1 night
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
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Bilbao, Spain

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 22nd (Fri): catch some excitement at La Ribera Market and then explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Bilbao trip itinerary planning site.

Athens, Greece to Bilbao is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Bilbao is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in October since evenings lows in Bilbao dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): do a tasting at Bodegas Tritium and then do a tasting at Bodega Conde de los Andes.

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Traveling by car from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bilbao in October since evenings lows in Vitoria-Gasteiz dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Pamplona.

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Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

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Pamplona, Spain

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): learn about all things military at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pamplona trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Pamplona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

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Historic Sites · Museums
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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 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip site.

Traveling by car from Pamplona to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Sebastian - Donostia when traveling from Pamplona in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santander.

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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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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.
For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santander journey planner.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Santander in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Santander, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will leave for Oviedo on the 26th (Tue).

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Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Santa María del Naranco. Prerrománico asturiano.

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Traveling by car from Santander to Oviedo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Coruna.
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La Coruna, Spain

— 1 night
On the 27th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules).

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Traveling by car from Oviedo to La Coruna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santiago de Compostela.

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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 27th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Coruna to Santiago de Compostela in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Porto on the 28th (Thu).

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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.
On the 28th (Thu), take a leisurely stroll along Cais da Ribeira, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to Livraria Lello, and then shake up your sightseeing with Porto Bridge Climb.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Porto. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in October, expect Porto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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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.