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Any 2 week Portugal / Spain trip ideas

Planning a 2 week trip and thinking of combining Spain and Portugal in a single trip. Looking for suggestions. Just starting the planning for 2018.
Thanks!

Posted by
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Any clues as to what kind of thing interests you?

When?

How many people?

How many nights actually on the ground in Europe?

What's your style of travel - lots of moving on or spending time seeing places in more detail?

Beach? City? Hiring a car? Where are you flying into/out of?

Some more info will give you some better guidance, hopefully!

Posted by
16998 posts

You will find that transportation between Portugal and Spain is surprisingly challenging. You can spend 2 months in Spain and see only half the country, so I'd tend to limit a 2-week trip to just one of these two countries rather than trying to include both.

If it must be a combo trip:

  • If you plan to drive, be aware that it will probably be necessary from the financial standpoint to pick up and drop off the car in the same country.

  • If you don't plan to drive--and perhaps even if you do--investigate multi-city flight options, into one city and out of the other, so you don't have to double back. You definitely don't want to have to move across that border twice!

Posted by
16782 posts

I agree with acraven's reasoning for staying within one country. Then, on your next trip, you're less likely to feel like you missed something and have to do yet another cross-border trip.

But for the sake of argument, these could be possible scenarios:

Barcelona - Madrid - Toledo daytrip - night train or fly to Lisbon - Sintra daytrip - maybe Coimbra daytrip

Madrid - Toledo daytrip - Cordoba - Sevilla - 5 hr bus to Algarve - Lisbon

See more on the Explore Europe section of this web site.

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We did 2 week trip. Flew to Barcelona and spent 4 days there. Train to Madrid for 4 day stay. Included a day trip to Segovia while in Madrid. Train to Seville for 3 day stay. Drove to Lisbon which was expensive but easiest as bus/train between southern Spain and Portugal isn't very efficient. 3 days in Lisbon including a day trip to Sintra. Yuo'll never see everything but we felt that we got a chance to explore enough of each area to get a good feel given this itinerary.