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

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

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 5 nights
2
Penafiel, Portugal
— 5 nights
3
Alcobaca, Portugal
— 7 nights
4
Biscarrosse, France
— 7 nights

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. Attractions like Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro and Bridge of Maria Cristina make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate Miramar Palace and Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue. Change things up with these side-trips from San Sebastian - Donostia: Museo del Ferrocarril (in Azpeitia), Torre Loizaga (in Galdames) and Bilbao (Basilica of Begona & Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Vicente, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, and explore the striking landscape at Basque Coast Geopark.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip builder tool.

Brussels, Belgium to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in August; daily highs in San Sebastian - Donostia reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Penafiel.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bilbao, Hondarribia, Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real, Museo del Ferrocarril, Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue
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Playa de Hondarribia ©
Playa de Hondarribia
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate ©
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate

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Penafiel, Portugal

Penafiel ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario De Panoias and Ponte da Barca. Museum-lovers will appreciate Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia and Museu Municipal de Penafiel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Penafiel: Braga (Chafariz dos Castelos, Igreja da Misericordia de Braga, &more), Museu da Vila Velha (in Vila Real) and Capela Nossa Senhora da Lapa (in Vieira do Minho).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Penafiel trip planner.

Explore your travel options from San Sebastian - Donostia to Penafiel with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Penafiel. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, Penafiel is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Alcobaca.

Things to do in Penafiel

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Braga, Sernancelhe, Vila Real, Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão, Quinta do Beijo
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Igreja da Misericordia de Braga ©
Igreja da Misericordia de Braga
Igreja Matriz de Sernancelhe ©
Igreja Matriz de Sernancelhe
Santuario Nossa Senhora da Lapa ©
Santuario Nossa Senhora da Lapa

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. Kids will enjoy Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz and Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grutas de Mira de Aire and Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Change things up with these side-trips from Alcobaca: Fatima (Valinhos Sanctuary & Capela Das Aparicoes), Castelo de Leiria (in Leiria) and Ourem (Castelo de Ourém & Ginginha do Castelo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Norte, examine the collection at Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais, and explore the galleries of Museu Monografico de Conimbriga.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alcobaca trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Penafiel to Alcobaca in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Biscarrosse.

Things to do in Alcobaca

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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Biscarrosse, France

Biscarrosse ©
Biscarrosse is a commune in the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee de l'Hydraviation and L'idylle Plage. Eglise Sainte-Quitterie UNESCO WHS and Cathedrale Notre Dame will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to MUSEE DE LA CHALOSSE (in Montfort-en-Chalosse), Conservatoire Avicole du Puyobrau (in Magescq) and Site d'Arjuzanx (in Arjuzanx). There's lots more to do: stroll through La Plage, get to know the fascinating history of Berges de la Midouze, learn about winemaking at Chateau Rabaud-Promis, and stroll around PrehistoSite de Brassempouy.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Biscarrosse day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alcobaca to Biscarrosse. Traveling from Alcobaca to Biscarrosse, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Biscarrosse, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Biscarrosse

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bommes, Aire-sur-l'Adour, Cathedrale Notre Dame, MUSEE DE LA CHALOSSE, PrehistoSite de Brassempouy
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Musee de l'Hydraviation ©
Musee de l'Hydraviation
Site d'Arjuzanx ©
Site d'Arjuzanx
PrehistoSite de Brassempouy ©
PrehistoSite de Brassempouy

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