20 days in Portugal & Bilbao Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Bilbao Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal & Bilbao Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Odeceixe, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Albufeira, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ponte de Dom Luis I and Palacio da Bolsa. Kids will appreciate attractions like Praia do Carneiro and Mindelo Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), make a trip to Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue Kadoorie - Mekor Haim.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip planner.

London, UK to Porto is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mindelo Beach
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Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Relax by the water at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra Railway Station, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lisbon travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Porto in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Odeceixe.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Odeceixe, Portugal

Odeceixe ©
Odeceixe is a civil parish in the northern part of the municipality Aljezur, in the Portuguese Algarve, lying within the Nature Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Vincentine Coast. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Odeceixe Beach and then kick back and relax at Praia Vale Dos Homens. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Praia Da Amoreira, kick back and relax at Bordeira Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Aljezur.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Odeceixe trip planning site .

You can drive from Lisbon to Odeceixe in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Odeceixe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aljezur, Praia Vale Dos Homens, Bordeira Beach
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Odeceixe Beach ©
Odeceixe Beach
Praia Vale Dos Homens ©
Praia Vale Dos Homens
Praia Da Amoreira ©
Praia Da Amoreira

5
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tavira Ciencia Viva Science Centre and Museu Islamico. Attractions like Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia Verde (in Castro Marim), Praia de Monte Gordo (in Monte Gordo) and Lagos (Praia Dona Ana & Ponta Da Piedale). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, stroll through Cabanas de Tavira beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Albufeira trip planner .

You can drive from Odeceixe to Albufeira in 1.5 hours. In August in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tavira, Lagos, Praia Verde, Pescadores Beach, Praia da Marinha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Relax by the water at La Concha Beach and RiojaNatura. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Castillo de la Mota are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Vega (in Haro), Zurriola Beach (in San Sebastian - Donostia) and Bodegas Tritium (in Cenicero). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Azkorri, make a trip to Museum of Sacred Art (Museo de Arte Sacro), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Plentzia, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Reproducciones de Bilbao - Bilboko Berreginen Museoa.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bilbao planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Albufeira to Bilbao takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Bilbao due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albufeira in August: high temperatures in Bilbao hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Bodegas Tritium, RiojaNatura, Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Vega, Sopelana Beach
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RiojaNatura ©
RiojaNatura
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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