20 days in Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela & Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Bilbao, Spain — 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bilbao: San Sebastian - Donostia (Food Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and head outdoors with San Mames Stadium.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao visit planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Bilbao is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Bilbao. In May, daytime highs in Bilbao are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago de Compostela.
more
Tours · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 3 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Coruna (Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), MEGA Museo Estrella Galicia, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vista Galicia - Day Tours, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in May, expect Santiago de Compostela to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.
more
Tours · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Dedicate the 25th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and look for gifts at Livraria Lello.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Porto online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Porto sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lagos.
more
Tours · Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Lagos, Portugal — 3 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia), Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Praia da Senhora da Rocha (in Porches). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Divino Salvador, take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lagos trip website.

You can fly from Porto to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in May, with highs in Lagos at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Evora, Portugal — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos, and finally contemplate the long history of Aqueduto da Agua de Prata. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional Frei Manuel do Cenaculo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Evora vacation planner.

Drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Evora, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.
more
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra National Palace, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Evora to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
more

Algarve travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.
more