During this lovely car trip through the countryside of Spain and Portugal, you will discover beautiful areas and plenty of historic towns and charming Portuguese villages with a proud and rich history. Your car trip starts from Madrid and passes through Granada, Seville and through to Porto. The natural beauty along the way is overwhelming. Here you will come into contact with both the hospitality of the locals and the history!
Day 1: Madrid – Granada (ca. 300 km)
The Alhambra is a spectacle to behold on the hill, across from the famous district “Albaicin ‘, with the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the background. This afternoon you can take the time to view this huge citadel with its palaces and beautiful gardens (entrance around 18,50 euros pp). We advise you to book through the Alhambra TICKETMASTER, because there is a daily limit for visitors to enter. Later in the afternoon you can visit the oldest district Albayzin with many small squares and narrow streets suffused with the charming Arabian atmosphere.
We can reserve an extra night in Madrid in case of late arrival, or if you want to see more of Madrid.
Day 2: Granada Alhambra – Granada
If you had a late arrival the day before you, you can spend the day in this great city of Granada. In addition to the many museums and squares there are plenty of nice shops, cafes and fine restaurants. You can visit the Alhambra with its wonderful gardens, or you can have a quiet day You can also visit the perched Pradollano riding in the Sierra Nevada and the white wonderland is a wonder to behold in most months of the year!
Day 3: Granada – Cordoba – Seville (ca. 220 km)
After an early breakfast you can leave Granada to drive to Cordoba. Cordoba is a city that you need to experience the little white streets on foot. This city is known for its many patios, topped with flower pots full of geraniums. All this lies in the shadow of the grand cathedral – mosque. The largest European mosque has several red / white arches where the building was divided and the Catholic cathedral was built in Gothic and Baroque style. You can also visit the white streets of the Jewish Quarter, Juderia, and looking especially from Calle de las Flores, you will have a great view of the tower of the cathedral. Then you can travel on to Seville for two nights.
Day 4: Seville
Sevillehas a grandmonumental history and as the capitalof Andalusia there is a lot todo. Itis a livelyandvibrant citythatkeeps its traditions alive and strong. Theorangeblossom treesduring the springprovidea beautiful freshfragrance. Today you canvisit theGiralda Cathedral, built in the12th centuryon top of themosque, of which only theGiraldatower andthe Patiode losNaranjosremain.Itis the third largestcathedral in the world. Inside there is awealth ofartistic paintingsand sculpturesto see.Inthe afternoon you cansee theroyal palace, which has acombination ofArabic(Mudejar) and Christianculture. Beautiful Arabicmosaicscan be admiredhere, and ifyou walkin the immensegardens, you forget that you’re in a big city.
Day 5: Sevilla – Merida – Evora (ca. 340 km)
You can drive north from Sevilla to Merida, a historic town founded 25 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus. The city has many attractions. Then pass through Badajoz, close to the Portuguese border and on to Evora This city is over two thousand years old, with its narrow streets, squares, fountains of the Renaissance period and Moorish influences are truly unique. Artists from Flanders, Italy and Spain came here to get ideas and to make their works. The university was opened in 1553 and is still important for this city. Due to its historical values Evora was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6: Evora – Lisbon (ca. 130 km)
After breakfast drive to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. This city exudes a wonderful atmosphere with its narrow streets and little known trams, which are pulled up the steep streets. Beautiful squares with fountains and a beautiful castle, from where you have a magnificent view of the city. The city was founded 20 centuries ago on the banks of the River Tagus, in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Alfama. The Arabian square structure and maze of streets and avenues has been retained. You will find the beautiful Cathedral The Se and cozy flea market Feira da Ladra. Alongside these are the Castelo districts and Mouraira, which in June are filled with music, dancing and good food at Santos Popularos (patron saint) celebrations. Baixa is the commercial and financial district in the west of the city, where you will find famous monuments such as the Belém. We will book two nights in Lisbon for you.
Day 7: Lisbon
You can enjoy the whole day in this beautiful city and also visit places like Sintra, Estoril, Cascais and Ericeira. You will certainly have enough time to properly see everything this city has to offer.
Day 8: Lisbon – Coimbra – Aveiro – Porto (ca. 300 km)
Coimbra was the capital of Portugal in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance period was the city of science, when Dom Joao decided to move the college to it. From Coimbra drive to Aveiro which is on a lake of the Ria deAveiro and is known as The Poruguese Venice, due to its system of canals. The gondolas in the canals Barcos Moliceiros were widely used for retrieving seaweed. The city is also famous for its production of salt since the 10th century. Afterwards drive to beautiful Porto for one night, where you should definitely spend the evening on the cozy harbor with its impressive bridges.
Day 9: Porto – Salamanca (ca. 350 km)
Porto is connected by two steel bridges from the 19th century (architect Eifel), along both banks of the Douro River. In the old town you will find steeply sloping, narrow streets with charming shops and eateries. There is plenty of open space in the castle gardens, city parks and beaches. You must, of course, pay a visit to the famous wine cellars, because with a good glass of Port in your hand you will realize how beautiful life is in Porto. In the afternoon drive back to Spain where you will stay in the beautiful university town of Salamanca, where we have reserved a nice hotel in the center for you The Plaza Mayor of Salamanca is unique and the most beautiful in Spain.
Day 10: Salamanca – Segovia – Avila – Madrid (ca. 200 km)
From Salamanca you can drive along a scenic route to Avila and Segovia. These cities are best known for their impressive city walls and the old centre breathes typical Spanish atmosphere. From the hill there is a wonderful view. Afterwards you can drive to nearby Madrid for your last night.
Day 11: Madrid
After breakfast, you can briefly visit Madrid. This metropolis offers a great city to live with the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, the famous Gran Via. You can also stroll through the maze of narrow streets. You may book an extra night in Madrid!
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- 11 days Self Drive Tour according to program
- 10 nights in double room in 3/4 star hotels incl. breakfast
- Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
- directions, maps and information in English including voucher package
- prices are always per Person
- your flight / Choose & Book here Low Cost Flights
- your carhire /Choose & Book here Low Cost Car Rental
- entrance -and parking fees, fuel, road tax etc.
- local tourist tax (payment on the spot)
- other meals
- supplement single room (on request)
- This trip can always be extended / shortened or adapted
- upon reservation you will receive directly reserved hotel confirmations