7 days in Spain & San Juan Itinerary

Make it your trip
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
Fly to Bilbao, Bus to Santander
Santander, Spain
— 1 night
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 1 night


Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, stop by Queseria Prestes Santiago, then don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela road trip planning app.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Santiago de Compostela is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Santiago de Compostela is 5 hours. While traveling from San Juan, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Santiago de Compostela, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santander.
Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

Santander, Spain — 1 night

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Church, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena, then kick back and relax at Playa de La Arnia, and finally stroll through Playa De Valdearenas.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santander trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago de Compostela to Santander in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Bilbao.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Bilbao, Spain — 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, then experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, and then wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bilbao trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santander to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santander in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Bilbao, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through La Concha Beach, then stop by Garrarte Dulces Artesanos, and then wander the streets of Parte Vieja.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to San Juan.
Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

San Juan, Puerto Rico — 1 night

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
On the 3rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Old San Juan, get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Exodo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Juan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to San Juan by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, expect San Juan to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.