Our travel itinerary: Spain and Portugal

At the moment we are travelling around Spain and Portugal with our daughter for a month for our honeymoon. I thought I would share our travel itinerary in case anybody else is planning a similar trip.

A Month in Spain and Portugal Travel Itinerary

We got the ferry over from Plymouth, England to Santander, Spain. We decided that we would stay in Santander at the end of our trip rather than the beginning as then all the driving is done and we can relax for a couple of days in Santander before getting the ferry home. So we drove straight to San Sebastián from Santander which took just over a couple of hours.

San Sebastián

We spent three nights in San Sebastián. If we were staying in a more central location I think four nights would have been lovely as there is plenty to see and do here, but as we were further out three nights was enough.


We drove from San Sebastián to Logrono via Pamplona. Each part of the journey took about one hour ten minutes. We had planned on spending a few hours in Pamplona and seeing it properly, but we got there later than we wanted and Ava was really grumpy so we ended up just having lunch and then carrying on.

We were in Logrono for three nights which was a nice amount.


As I am writing this we are heading to Salamanca from Logrono which should take around four hours. There is a crying child in the back of the car, and it is fun. We will be in Salamanca for three nights.


Our first stop in Portugal is Porto, and I am looking forward to seeing how big a difference there is between there and Spain as we enter the country. The journey to Porto from Salamanca should take around three and a half hours.

We will be in Porto for four nights which I think will make a nice difference. Four nights always seems a lot longer than three I find, and gives you more time to settle into a place. Porto is a city with beaches nearby so we will spend a day at one of them which will make a nice change after being in cities for a bit.


From Porto we will drive via Coimbra, to Lisbon. We will be stopping at a river near Coimbra for a quick dip and a nice break before we carry on with our journey. We will spend four nights in Lisbon. We are planning on spending some time around the city as well as spending one of the days at one of the lovely beaches here. The total time in the car will be around three and a half hours.

Armacao de Pera

We came here two years ago for my sisters wedding and we are staying at the same hotel as before. This will be a lovely, lazy, relaxed few days; beach, pool, sunbathing and food will be pretty much the extent of it. It should be the easiest part of our trip as we get breakfast included, there are lots of places nearby to have our meals, and Ava loves swimming and being in the sea, plus it helps us keep cool. I might even get to finish a book! From Lisbon the journey will take about two and a half hours.


We will drive from Portugal back to Spain and spend three nights in Seville. It should only take around two and a half hours.


Seville to Madrid should take around five hours, which will be our longest car journey. We then have four nights in Madrid.


Last stop Santander for three nights, before driving back onto the ferry and spending the night on there. Hopefully it will be a lot less choppy this time!

We haven’t encountered a lot of traffic on any of the journeys so far. Most of the big roads in Spain are toll roads so less people use them. It means that the journeys have been taking about as long as we thought they would, which is nice.

We know we are likely to wish we had an extra night here, or a bit less time there, but having Ava with us we wanted to make sure we had good accommodation booked everywhere we planned to go and not have to worry about not having somewhere booked.

Have you ever thought about doing a road trip like this, or have you ever done one? Have you ever been to any of these places?

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    • 16th September 2015 / 3:08 pm

      I think it would be quite hard (and expensive!) with three children, but I guess it would depend how old they are? It has been a lot harder travelling with Ava than we thought it would be – we presumed (wrongly!) that she would adapt easily, but she has been very fussy with food and very whingey generally! Thanks for commenting x

    • 16th September 2015 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you. It’s been really good, a lot harder than we thought it would be with our daughter though! We’ve only got just over a week left now. Thanks for commenting x

  1. 19th September 2015 / 3:45 am

    What a lovely trip! I studied abroad in Spain while I was in college (in the US). I lived in Seville with a host family during my studies, and I absolutely loved it. I was able to travel all throughout Spain and Portugal while I was there. What was your favorite part of your trip? I hope you and your family had an amazing time! #sharewithme
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    • 19th September 2015 / 10:12 am

      Ah I bet that was brilliant! I would have loved to have more time in Seville – I feel like I didn’t really get to see it properly. We’re actually still away for another few days; in Madrid now, then just Santander to go. I loved San Sebastián and Porto! Thanks so much x

  2. 22nd September 2015 / 12:43 pm

    WOw what an amazing experience. I would love to do a road trip and I love how you have everything so planned out and set. That’s what I would have to do before we go. How did you decide to go to these specific places and make your route I would love to hear… Maybe a great blog post how I planned our road trip in detail if you haven’t already. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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