Essential Portugal & Spain Round Trip in 11 days
We are neighbors and this itinerary proves it. An easy way to get an overall idea of what to expect from the two mayor cities of Spain and Portugal and everything in between. The best itinerary for the travelers that do not have that much time but would like to have an overall view. Prepare your playlist for a great trip connecting both countries. The best way to travel from one country to the other creating a perfect round trip. The difficult part is not extending the trip and staying even more days in these two great countries. Of course any extension will be able to be arranged and if you would like us to add more cities or time in one of the countries just let us know and we can make it happen!
TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival and private transfer to Madrid.
Accomodation for two nights at: Hotel Único / Hotel Urso *****
Day 2: Day at leisure in Madrid.
Day 3: Early in the morning your road trip will commence to the world heritage city of Toledo and continue to the area of Caceres. Located in the heart of "Estremadura".
Accommodation for one night at: Hotel Atrio Relais & Chateaux *****
Day 4: Check-out and start your drive to Évora, Portugal.
Accommodation for one night at: Hotel Covento do Espinheiro *****
Day 5: Hotel Check-out and start your road trip to Lisbon, our beautiful capital.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Pousada de Lisboa *****
Day 6: Don't miss the chance to visit the cities of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra in the outskirts of Lisbon.
Day 7: Check-out and departure to Porto where you will stay.
Accommodation for two nights at: The Hotel Yeatman *****
Day 8: Day at leisure.
Day 9: Check-out and commence your way back to Spain. Pass by the historic city of "Ciudad de Rodrigo" and get to your destination in Hacienda Zorita Hotel in the outskirts of Salamanca.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Hacienda Zorita *****
Day 10: Day at Leisure.
Day 11: Check-out and departure to Madrid's International Airport to deliver your car rental and take your flight back home.
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Madrid: Strategically located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, it is the Capital City of Spain and therefore, one of the most touristic and important cities of the country. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments. Among its highlights are the medieval centre dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the Prado Museum. As capital, Madrid is home of the Royal family, the Spanish Government and many other national institutions. The town has a long and fascinating history and all over Madrid there are monuments and museums of great artistically value. Apart from Madrid the province is also full of interesting sites to visit such as El Escorial, Aranjuez and Alcala de Henares all names UNESCO world Heritage Cities. It is a city full of life where travellers will feel welcome. Enjoy the street life and the numerous tapas bars and cafes where you will be amazed by the “madrileños” passion for life.
Toledo: Located on the banks of the river Tagus, was known as Toletum during the Roman presence before the 2nd century BC. A very important area for a long period in history, Toledo became known as the “city of the three cultures”, for Christians, Arabs and Jews dwelled together here for centuries. This accounts for the incredible cultural legacy to be found here, which led to the declaration of World Heritage by UNESCO. In Toledo, you can admire several monuments with influences from these different cultures, such as the Gothic Cathedral, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, the church of Santo Tomé, where you can find a famous painting by El Greco, and the Alcazár Fortress.
Alentejo: The widest region of Portugal. Here the landscape is “gentle” composed by rolling hills covered by cork oak trees, vineyards and wheat fields. The lifestyle is serene in the small villages with white washed houses where the time slowly passes by… The gastronomy is robust and creative with wines to match it, in contrast with the calmness of the local people of the region.
Évora: A beautiful small town in the Alentejo region. Still surrounded by the old walls it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and will attract you for its medieval appearance, the narrow streets, the historic center and the kindness of the locals. Amongst several interesting monuments, you shall not miss the Roman Temple from the 1st century, unique of this kind in both Portugal and Spain. This is also the perfect place for a great gastronomic and wine experience, as this is one of the regions in Portugal with more traditional and quality at this level. You shall not miss the opportunity of having a meal in one of the city's restaurants.
Lisbon: Capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tagus River and from where the Portuguese boats set sail overseas in the 15th and 16th centuries towards East. At that time, the Maritime Discoveries period, the city became the centre of a large empire, still visible in the monuments of Belém section. Well known for its historic traditional neighborhoods you'll be amazed with the sections of Chiado, Bairro alto and Alfama as well as the Castle of Saint George and the gorgeous views you can enjoy from the top of its hill.
Sintra and Estoril Coast: Among the sites you shall not miss in Portugal there's Sintra, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great beauty of its nature and architecture, with fairy tale palaces and lush vegetation. Cascais and Estoril Coast are places of charm and aristocratic traditions that you'll meet along the Atlantic Ocean, the white sandy beaches and magnificent fortresses from the 17th century.
Porto: At the same time the name of a city and a fortified wine, one of the most famous in the world, aged at the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, next to the Douro River. Its historical center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and preserves many beautiful monuments, namely from the Baroque period which is contemporary to the glory and wealth achieved with the trade of Port Wine. You shall not miss a visit to the Cathedral (Sé), the Church of Saint Francis, the Stock Exchange Palace and the Clérigos Tower.
Salamanca: Located in central Spain, around 200km away from Madrid. It is known as the Golden City due to the material used on the construction of its monuments – Villamayor stone. The uniqueness of its artistic characteristics and the fact that by 1250 the University of Salamanca was one of the best academic institutions in Europe led to the designation of the city’s historic centre as World Heritage by UNESCO. The University of Salamanca was the first to be founded in Spain and many of the best Spanish thinkers, artists and writers were educated here. Furthermore, it was in this academic city that the first Grammar of the Castilian Language was produced, in the 15th century. Although it is rich in history and heritage, Salamanca is also made modern and young with the presence of all the students.
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