We plan to spend 60 days in Spain/Portugal in 2023. So far all we have booked are our flights in and out of Madrid. Our trip is a multi purpose one - both a holiday and an initial scouting trip for potential retirement to Portugal or Spain.
* we are 59 and 72, one of us has mobility problems
* we like wine, history and food
* we prefer less crowded places
* we can take or leave beach resorts
* we like mountains and colder weather
Our planned itinerary is:
25/2 Arrive Madrid at 2pm (30 hour flight from Australia) – overnight Madrid
26/2–1/3 Salamanca (4 nights, 3 days)
2/3–5/3 Burgos (4 nights, 3 days)
6/3–7/3 Gijon (2 nights, 1 day)
8/3–11/3 Leon (4 nights, 3 days)
12/3–14/3 Santiago de Compostela (3 nights, 2 days)
15/3–21/3 Porto (7 nights, 6 days) – plan to do day trip to Guimaraes and Douro valley – should we add a day here and do an overnight in Douro? If so, where?
22/3–24/3 Coimbra (3 nights, 2 days)
25/3–31/3 Lisbon (7 nights, 6 days) – plan to do day trip to Sintra
1/4–3/4 Evora (3 nights, 2 days) – hope to fit in a half day trip to Monsaraz
4/4–6/4 Merida (3 nights, 2 days) – hope to do a day trip to Caceres
7/4–11/4 Seville (5 nights, 4 days) – plan to do a day trip to Ronda and possibly Malaga
12/4–14/4 Granada (3 nights, 2 days)
15/4–17/4 Cordoba (3 nights, 2 days)
18/4 Cuenca (1 night)
19/4–24/4 Madrid (6 nights, 5 days) – plan to do day trips to Toledo and Segovia
25/4 Fly home to Australia from Madrid in the afternoon (3.15pm flight)
We will be travelling by train and bus exclusively. We have decided against visiting the Algarve as we are from Australia and have spent many holidays on beautiful beaches and are wanting a different experience from our Portugal trip. We will be visiting Girona, Barcelona and Bilbao in October as part of a trip to France.
Any suggestions on whether this itinerary looks OK?
I had hoped to also post this in the Portugal forum but can't post in two different forums.