25 days in Portugal, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biscarrosse Itinerary

25 days in Portugal, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biscarrosse Itinerary

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25 days in Portugal, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biscarrosse Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Penafiel, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Alcobaca, Portugal
— 7 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Biscarrosse, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

5
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ondarreta Beach, Parque Aiete and Playa de Hondarribia. Visit Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro and Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue for their historical value. Family-friendly places like Museo del Ferrocarril and Basque Coast Geopark will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from San Sebastian - Donostia: Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes (in Laguardia), Bilbao (Basilica of Begona & Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum) and Torre Loizaga (in Galdames). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Vicente, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Pedro de la Rua, and make a trip to Plaza de Guipuzkoa.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia travel route tool .

Brussels, Belgium to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect San Sebastian - Donostia to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Penafiel.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bilbao, Hondarribia, Museo del Ferrocarril, Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes, Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue
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Miramar Palace ©
Miramar Palace
Torre Loizaga ©
Torre Loizaga
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate ©
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate

5
nights
Penafiel, Portugal

Penafiel ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu Municipal de Penafiel and Castro de Monte Mozinho. Igreja Matriz de Sernancelhe and Castelo de Pinhel will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Penafiel: Braga (Chafariz dos Castelos, Igreja da Misericordia de Braga, & more), Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia (in Amares) and Capela Nossa Senhora da Lapa (in Vieira do Minho).

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Penafiel trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Sebastian - Donostia to Penafiel. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Penafiel, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Penafiel when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alcobaca.

Things to do in Penafiel

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Braga, Vila Real, Sernancelhe, Chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance of Fandinhaes, Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia
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Igreja da Misericordia de Braga ©
Igreja da Misericordia de Braga
Quinta do Beijo ©
Quinta do Beijo
Chafariz dos Castelos ©
Chafariz dos Castelos

7
nights
Alcobaca, Portugal

Alcobaca ©
Alcobaça is a city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal, formerly included in the Estremadura Province. Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz and Castelo de Leiria. Family-friendly places like Praia do Norte and Praia do Salgado will thrill your kids. Explore Alcobaca's surroundings by going to Tomar (Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais, & more), Fatima (Valinhos Sanctuary & Capela Das Aparicoes) and Ourem (Castelo de Ourém & Ginginha do Castelo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Almourol, admire the landmark architecture of Old Monestary of Santa Clara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alcobaca online road trip planner .

You can drive from Penafiel to Alcobaca in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Biscarrosse.

Things to do in Alcobaca

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coimbra, Tomar, Batalha, Nazare, Fatima
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Alcobaca ©
Alcobaca
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga ©
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
Capela Das Aparicoes ©
Capela Das Aparicoes

7
nights
Biscarrosse, France

Biscarrosse ©
Biscarrosse is a commune in the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Family-friendly places like L'idylle Plage and La Plage will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Plage de la Lagune and Site d'Arjuzanx.. Change things up with these side-trips from Biscarrosse: Conservatoire Avicole du Puyobrau (in Magescq), MUSEE DE LA CHALOSSE (in Montfort-en-Chalosse) and Cathedrale Notre Dame (in Dax). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Hydraviation, stroll around La Maison de la Dame, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Rayne Vigneau, and putt your heart out at Mini Golf de Maguide.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Biscarrosse travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alcobaca to Biscarrosse. The time zone difference when traveling from Alcobaca to Biscarrosse is 1 hour. In August in Biscarrosse, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Biscarrosse

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bommes, Aire-sur-l'Adour, La Maison de la Dame, Chapelle de Bouricos, La Plage
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Musee de l'Hydraviation ©
Musee de l'Hydraviation
La Maison de la Dame ©
La Maison de la Dame
Chateau Sigalas Rabaud ©
Chateau Sigalas Rabaud

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