10-Day Road Trip to Spain and Portugal from Madrid to Mérida, Lisbon, Porto, and Salamanca

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10 days & 9 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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9 nights included
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10 days included
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Embark on an unforgettable 10-day multi-country road trip across Spain and Portugal! If traveling through picturesque landscapes and immersing yourself in the captivating cultures of destinations like Madrid, Mérida, Salamanca, Lisbon, Porto, and Almada sounds like your idea of a great vacation, this iconic European tour is for you.

This enchanting 10-day multi-country tour allows you to journey through 2 extraordinary countries in Europe.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Spain, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. Explore charming locales such as Madrid, Mérida, and Salamanca, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

As you move on to the second country, Portugal, prepare to be mesmerized by its diverse and vibrant landscapes. Immerse yourself in the allure of Almada, Lisbon, Agualva-Cacém, Ourém, and Porto, where every street tells a story, and every corner reveals a new adventure.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories.

In more detail, this carefully crafted travel itinerary invites you to stay 5 nights in Spain and 4 nights in Portugal. During these 10 days, you will be able to fully embrace the extraordinary beauty and immersive wonders of top destinations such as Madrid, Mérida, Salamanca, Lisbon, Porto, and Almada and beyond.

Throughout your tour around Europe, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

You can review and select your preferred accommodation for each destination of your road trip around Spain and Portugal in the booking widget to the right of your screen or by scrolling down to the travel itinerary for each day of your trip.

Upon your arrival in Spain, you’ll be greeted by the captivating city of Madrid. Here, you're going to collect your chosen rental car and begin your 10-day adventure. While in Madrid, you’ll have the chance to visit some of the best attractions in the city, including El Retiro Park and the fascinating Plaza Mayor. This is only the start of all the wonders you'll be able to experience throughout your tour around Europe.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Spain and Portugal will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy!

Shop at the popular shopping centers in Madrid, Mérida, Salamanca, Lisbon, Porto, and Almada and embark on a quest for rare souvenirs to give your friends and family back home. Shopping abroad is a fun experience that allows you to discover exclusive items that may not be available in your home country. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 10-day self-drive adventure in Spain and Portugal. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail.

Make the most of this multi-country holiday package by adapting it to your needs. Effortlessly include top-tier car rental services and drive through the continent’s enchanting landscapes with confidence. The included insurance coverage ensures a seamless and stress-free journey. Choose from a range of lavish or wallet-friendly lodgings to wake up well-rested on each day of your trip. Add flight tickets for a smooth arrival and departure. Lastly, upgrade your road trip experience with the best tours and activities along your route to have something fun to look forward to at each destination.

This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries in one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Spain and Portugal.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Included

Hotel, 9 nights
Rental car, 10 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

The Puerta del Sol square is the main public space in Madrid. In the middle of the square is located the office of the President of the Community of Madrid.Madrid / 3 nights
Photo of monumental ensemble of the sanctuary and the basilica of our lady of Fatima, Portugal.Ourém
Almada - city in PortugalAlmada
Photo of Lisbon City Skyline with Sao Jorge Castle and the Tagus River, Portugal.Lisbon / 3 nights
Porto, Portugal old town ribeira aerial promenade view with colorful houses, Douro river and boats.Porto / 1 night
Agualva-Cacém
Mérida - city in SpainMérida / 1 night
Salamanca - city in SpainSalamanca / 1 night

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Attractions

Photo of Retiro Park that is a city park in Madrid's Retiro district.El Retiro Park
Plaza Mayor, Sol, Centro, Madrid, Área metropolitana de Madrid y Corredor del Henares, Community of Madrid, SpainMain Square
Photo of the Santiago Bernabéu aerial view football stadium in Madrid, Spain.Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Photo of the Sanctuary of Fatima on a beautiful summer day, Portugal.Sanctuary of Fátima
Photo of Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, Spain. Mercado San Miguel of Madrid is one of the most popular landmark in Madrid, Spain.Market of San Miguel
Photo of famous arch at the Praca do Comercio, Lisbon, Portugal.Praça do Comércio
Photo of entrance to the Prado Museum in Madrid at this time, a sunny day with blue skies and clouds.Museo del Prado
Photo of Plaza de España in Seville Spain.Plaza de España
Photo of the Belem tower at the bank of Tejo River in Lisbon ,Portugal.Belém Tower
Photo of the big Lisbon oceanarium (aka Oceanario de Lisboa) building on pier in an artificial lagoon at Tagus river, Portugal.Lisbon Oceanarium
Photo of the Royal Palace of Madrid through the gardens, Spain.Royal Palace of Madrid
Castelo de S. Jorge, Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon, Grande Lisboa, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, PortugalCastelo de S Jorge
Luís I Bridge, Sé, Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, Porto, Área Metropolitana do Porto, North, PortugalLuís I Bridge
Park and National Palace of Pena, São Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Lisbon, Grande Lisboa, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, PortugalPark and National Palace of Pena
Photo of morning Light at Plaza Mayor in Madrid , Spain.Plaza Mayor
Photo of Palace Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, landmarks of Portugal.Quinta da Regaleira
Photo of Lighthouse at Cabo da Roca in Portugal.Cabo da Roca
Photo of Time Out Market Lisboa with a big wall clock and an arch, Portugal.Time Out Market Lisboa
Photo of Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), Lisbon, Portugal.Padrão dos Descobrimentos
LxFactoryLxFactory
photo of the Puerta de Alcala is a monument in the Independence Square at morning in Madrid, Spain.Puerta de Alcalá
Photo of The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple donated by Egipt to Spain in 1968 in gratitude for the help provided in saving the Abu Simbel temples.Temple of Debod
Photo of Crystal Palace in Retiro Park,Madrid, Spain.Crystal Palace
Photo of Stage of the Roman Theater of Mérida with Greek and Roman marble columns, lighting spotlights on scaffolding for the Mérida international theater festival. Sunny day before the evening performance.Roman Theatre of Emerita Augusta
Photo of Jardins do Palacio de Cristal, Porto, Portugal.Gardens of the Palácio de Cristal
Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Colares, Sintra, Lisbon, Grande Lisboa, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, PortugalSintra-Cascais Natural Park
Photo of Sanctuary of Christ the King in Lisbon, Portugal.Sanctuary of Christ the King
Photo of view of Lisbon famous view from Miradouro de Santa Luzia tourist viewpoint over Alfama old city district at night with cruise liner. Lisbon, Portugal.Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Photo of Porto Cathedral. Portugal. Beautiful morning view of the famous cathedral in Porto. Camino de Santiago. Pillory of Porto.Porto Cathedral
Photo of Parque da Cidade do Porto, Portugal, city Park is the largest city park in this city.Parque da Cidade do Porto
Parque del OesteParque del Oeste
photo of aerial view of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial near Madrid, Spain.Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Salamanca Cathedral, Centro, Salamanca, Castile and León, SpainSalamanca Cathedral
Photo of Merida Diana Temple in Badajoz Extremadura of Spain image shot from the exterior public floor .Temple of Diana
Toledo Gate
Initiation Well, São Martinho, Sintra, Lisbon, Grande Lisboa, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, PortugalInitiation Well
Photo of gardens, orchard, "Calixto and Melibea" of Salamanca, Castilla y Leon,Spain .Calisto and Melibea Vegetable Garden
Roman Circus of Mérida, Mérida, Badajoz, Extremadura, SpainRoman Circus of Mérida
Frailes Garden
Archaeological area of ​​Morería, Mérida, Badajoz, Extremadura, SpainArchaeological area of ​​Morería

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Jan 1 - Jan 10

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Day 1 – Madrid - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Madrid - arrival day

  • Madrid - Arrival day
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  • Plaza de España
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Spain and Portugal begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Madrid in Spain. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Madrid for 2 nights.

Catch an early flight to Spain to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Madrid before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

You’ll choose from the best hotels and places to stay in Madrid. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring.

If you've been looking forward to all the culinary delights you’ll get the opportunity to try along your multi-country road trip in Spain and Portugal, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Madrid. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Salmon Guru offers great food and ambiance and is well-loved in the area.

Another top-rated restaurant worth trying in Madrid is the popular Coque. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,191 customers, this restaurant is an excellent dining option.

If you feel like having something else, check out El Social. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 944 customers, which speaks volumes about its quality.

Quench your thirst after a long day of adventure at Salmon Guru, a prime hotspot for fun and relaxation seekers in the city. Salmon Guru boasts an impressive 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 2,802 customers.

Or, try the exciting drinks at El miniBAR, a vibrant place where locals and travelers converge for spirited toasts and amazing stories. El miniBAR has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,297 customers.

As the sun dips below the horizon, make a stop at another famous bar in the area, Areia. This bar is a local favorite, with an impressive rating of 4.4 out of 5-star from 4,297 customers.

Your multi-country road trip in Spain and Portugal has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2 – Madrid

Day 2

Day 2 – Madrid

  • Madrid
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Drive 16 km, 59 min

  • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Museo del Prado
  • El Retiro Park
  • Crystal Palace
  • More

On day 2, you will wake up in Madrid with an entire day of wonders ahead of you! You still have 1 night left in Madrid before it’s time to get back on the road and continue your European tour across Spain and Portugal.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Madrid, including the outstanding Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Having an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 120,158 reviews, this fascinating attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the city.

Madrid is also home to the captivating Puerta de Alcalá, one of the highlights of the city. About 43,833 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.7 out of 5 stars, proving its popularity.

The extraordinary Museo Nacional del Prado is another unforgettable place you can visit on this leg of your journey in Madrid. This extraordinary museum and tourist hot spot hosts more than 3,497,345 visitors annually and boasts a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 98,929 travelers.

A trip to the wonderful El Retiro Park will inspire you. Visitors have rated their experience at this amazing park and attraction an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 162,386 reviews.

Soak in Madrid's rich culture at the fantastic Palacio de Cristal. Further proving its status as one of the best places to visit in Madrid is its overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 39,270 visitor reviews.

Make more amazing memories during your vacation in Spain by adding tours and activities to your travel itinerary. Tours are another exciting way to experience the best of Madrid, immersing in local customs and meeting new friends.

After a day of exploration and awe-inspiring sights, it’s time to replenish your strength. Make the most of this stop on your multi-country road trip across Spain and Portugal by rewarding yourself with a taste of Madrid’s local cuisine. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax or mingle with the locals and raise a toast to your exciting road trip adventure.

Locals enjoy dining at Sobrino de Botín, one of the most popular restaurants in Madrid. This restaurant serves good quality food and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 8,311 customers.

Alternatively, if you have an appetite for something different, eat at El miniBAR. Around 4,297 customers have given this fantastic restaurant an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Areia is another of the best restaurant options in Madrid, offering a menu of delicious meals. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 3,973 customers, you’ll enjoy dining at this restaurant’s cozy atmosphere.

Order some of the best-tasting cocktails and celebrate the night away at James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid. This famous bar in Madrid has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 4,124 customers.

You can also check out an equally popular bar in the area, Lambuzo. This amazing place never disappoints with its variety of drinks and fantastic ambiance. Lambuzo has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,622 customers.

If you want to visit another bar, we recommend Sambhad cocktail bar terraza. This bar offers guests many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with a great night, helping it earn an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,029 customers.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 3 – Madrid and Mérida

Day 3

Day 3 – Madrid and Mérida

  • Madrid
  • Mérida
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Drive 346 km, 3 hours 38 min

  • Main Square
  • Market of San Miguel
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Parque del Oeste
  • Temple of Debod
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your multi-country journey across Spain and Portugal. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Madrid and Mérida in Spain. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat for a restful slumber at one of the best hotels in Mérida. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

In Madrid, the extraordinary Plaza Mayor awaits. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 152,388 travelers' reviews.

Another of the best travel destinations in Madrid is the spectacular San Miguel Market. This attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 106,296 visitors, making it a captivating highlight for all travelers.

You could then travel to the amazing Royal Palace of Madrid. This local wonder has an overall review score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 77,471 visitors, proving its popularity among travelers.

Western Park is another attraction you might want to add to your Madrid exploration itinerary. This park is a popular stop among travelers in the area, as seen in its average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 28,992 reviews.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, consider dropping by a well-loved spot among locals — Temple of Debod. More than a popular attraction, Temple of Debod offers visitors an immersive journey of the rich cultural tapestry of Madrid. Temple of Debod boasts an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 44,446 traveler reviews.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Madrid and set your GPS to Mérida. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 3 hours and 9 minutes.

Get a dose of thrill, excitement, and inspiration on your trip in Spain. Check out the tours and tickets you can add to your Mérida itinerary and feel all the emotions in this wonderful city.

Add this highly recommended tour to your package now and make this refreshing day in Spain extra special!

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Mérida. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Mérida. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Spain in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Agallas Gastro & Food, one of the locals’ most recommended restaurants in Mérida. This popular restaurant has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 622 customers.

The remarkable A de Arco is another top restaurant in the town you could eat at tonight. This restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,916 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in Mérida is the famous Sybarit Gastroshop. This beloved restaurant is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,611 customers and promises a culinary experience you won’t forget anytime soon.

A visit to a top-rated local bar is one of the most refreshing ways to cap off a beautiful night in Mérida. At A de Arco, you can enjoy a mix of fun and relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,916 customers.

Alternatively, unwind and relive your best memories of this day of your adventure at Shangri La, another popular bar in the town. Customers have rated this fantastic bar an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 1,061 reviews.

La Carbonería Brasas y Tapas is also one of the best places in Mérida where you can let loose and enjoy some celebratory drinks. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,494 customers.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 4 – Mérida, Almada, and Lisbon

Day 4

Day 4 – Mérida, Almada, and Lisbon

  • Almada
  • Mérida
  • Lisbon
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Drive 301 km, 3 hours 33 min

  • Roman Circus of Mérida
  • Roman Theatre of Emerita Augusta
  • Temple of Diana
  • Archaeological area of ​​Morería
  • Sanctuary of Christ the King
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 4 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 3 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this European tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Mérida in Spain and Almada and Lisbon in Portugal. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Lisbon. Lisbon will be your home for 3 nights.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Mérida is the fantastic Roman Circus of Mérida. As an appreciated local gem in the area, Roman Circus of Mérida has earned an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 9,532 reviews.

Next up on your agenda, you will find the extraordinary Teatro Romano de Mérida. This attraction is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 37,382 visitors, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself!

Join countless others in discovering the allure of Temple of Diana, a standout attraction that's captivated the hearts of many. It has a stellar rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 13,292 reviewers.

Experience the magic that has drawn so many to the doorstep of the outstanding Archaeological area of Morería. This is a highly recommended attraction in the town boasting an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 2,698 visitor reviews.

Lisbon’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Mérida behind. This drive usually takes around 3 hours and 6 minutes.

Slow down and say goodbye to the road for a while, as Mérida welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences. Stretch your arms and legs and head out into the town.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Mérida is the magnificent Roman Circus of Mérida. Around 9,532 visitors have rated this excellent travel destination an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

We also recommend you explore the amazing Teatro Romano de Mérida on this leg of your adventure in Spain. This attraction has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from around 37,382 travelers.

The remarkable Temple of Diana is known to be one of the best places to visit in Mérida, and its average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 13,292 traveler reviews is proof.

Dive deeper into Mérida by exploring the captivating Archaeological area of Morería. With a stellar average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 2,698 travelers, make sure this wonderful site is on your Mérida exploration list!

Get a more in-depth understanding of Lisbon by checking out the amazing selection of tours and excursions you can add to your itinerary. Explore more of the town’s wonders, create memorable experiences, and join laid-back to challenging activities. You’ll be happy to learn that there are plenty of top-rated tours and activities in Lisbon.

It’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Lisbon. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Lisbon. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the city’s most popular bars.

When you’re ready to eat, we recommend you satisfy your food cravings at daPrata52 - Petiscos ¦ Tapas. Known for serving delicious foods, this restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,470 customers.

Alma is another of the best eating spots in Lisbon. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 1,033 customers and is a great place to explore unique flavors.

Lisboa Tu e Eu 2 is a place locals enjoy for its great food and service. Lisboa Tu e Eu 2 has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,027 customers.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend daPrata52 - Petiscos ¦ Tapas, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,470 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is SUD Lisboa, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,581 customers.

Delirium Café Lisboa is a place where you can easily spend an hour or two of fun or relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,093 customers.

Take in the ambiance of Lisbon as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 5 – Lisbon and Agualva-Cacém

Day 5

Day 5 – Lisbon and Agualva-Cacém

  • Agualva-Cacém
  • Lisbon
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Drive 118 km, 3 hours 20 min

  • Cabo da Roca
  • Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
  • Park and National Palace of Pena
  • Quinta da Regaleira
  • Initiation Well
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Wake up and see what day 5 of your great European road trip in Spain and Portugal has in store for you! You will be staying in Lisbon for 2 nights before continuing your journey to the next destination.

Get a more in-depth understanding of Lisbon by checking out the amazing selection of tours and excursions you can add to your itinerary. Explore more of the city’s wonders, create memorable experiences, and join laid-back to challenging activities. You’ll be happy to learn that there are plenty of top-rated tours and activities in Lisbon.

As the sun sets on day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Lisbon's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Portugal to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Lisbon has them.

A Nossa Casa, one of the locals’ most recommended restaurants in Lisbon. This popular restaurant has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 884 customers.

Wrap up your evening by visiting the renowned Foxtrot, a must-visit hotspot in the city of Lisbon. This bar has garnered an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, backed by 2,082 delighted customers.

Alternatively, quench your thirst at the popular The George, consistently rated 4.3 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Or, for an authentic local recommendation, head over to Procópio bar, one of the top-rated bars in Lisbon, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,037 satisfied customers.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Spain and Portugal! Enjoy your evening in Lisbon to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 6 – Lisbon

Day 6

Day 6 – Lisbon

  • Lisbon
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Drive 39 km, 1 hour 38 min

  • Belém Tower
  • Padrão dos Descobrimentos
  • LxFactory
  • Time Out Market Lisboa
  • Lisbon Oceanarium
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Day 6 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Lisbon. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the city for 1 night more before hitting the road again.

In Lisbon, the extraordinary Belém Tower awaits. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 83,980 travelers' reviews.

Another of the best travel destinations in Lisbon is the spectacular Padrão dos Descobrimentos. This attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 51,978 visitors, making it a captivating highlight for all travelers.

You could then travel to the amazing LX Factory. This local wonder has an overall review score of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 48,066 visitors, proving its popularity among travelers.

Time Out Market Lisboa is another attraction you might want to add to your Lisbon exploration itinerary. This is a popular stop among travelers in the area, as seen in its average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 54,531 reviews.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, consider dropping by a well-loved spot among locals — Oceanário de Lisboa. More than a popular aquarium and attraction, Oceanário de Lisboa offers visitors an immersive journey of the rich cultural tapestry of Lisbon. Captivating approximately 1,000,000 people each year, Oceanário de Lisboa boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 80,677 traveler reviews.

While in Lisbon, take the chance to join a popular tour to experience something one-of-a-kind during your getaway in Portugal. Check out all the tours Lisbon offers, and personalize your vacation package to your preferences for an amazing day in the city.

If you've been looking forward to all the culinary delights you’ll get the opportunity to try along your multi-country road trip in Spain and Portugal, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Lisbon. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

According to reviews, Delirium Café Lisboa is one of the absolute best places to eat in the city of Lisbon. At this restaurant, you’ll enjoy a great atmosphere and a fantastic food and drinks menu. Delirium Café Lisboa is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,093 customers.

Alternatively, if you’re curious to try one of the locals’ favorites, check out Restaurante Marco. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,992 customers and guarantees you a nice dining experience to end your day.

When your taste buds call for something different, you may want to pay A Cevicheria a visit instead. This restaurant is a top recommendation often mentioned by both travelers as well as locals. A Cevicheria has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,076 customers.

After your meal, continue your getaway at one of the hottest bars in the city, Red Frog Speakeasy. This bar has an impressive average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,128 customers.

Alternatively, you can grab a few shots of your favorite drink and have an amazing night at the famous CINCO lounge. This incredible bar has a vibrant atmosphere and plays great music, worthy of its average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 861 customers.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 7 – Lisbon, Ourém, and Porto

Day 7

Day 7 – Lisbon, Ourém, and Porto

  • Ourém
  • Lisbon
  • Porto
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Drive 327 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • Castelo de S Jorge
  • Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Sanctuary of Fátima
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On day 7 of your multi-country road trip across Spain and Portugal, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places to see in Lisbon, Ourém, and Porto in Portugal. In the evening, you’ll end up in Porto, where you will stay for 1 night.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Castelo de S. Jorge. This outstanding museum and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from 80,896 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Castelo de S. Jorge is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Miradouro de Santa Luzia is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 29,585 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing Praça do Comércio. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 99,112 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

When you’ve had your share of Lisbon, prepare for your next destination. Enjoy the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Porto. Your travel time is around 3 hours and 19 minutes.

When you reach Lisbon, that’s your cue to take a breather from the road and indulge in some sightseeing and adventure. Check out some of the top attractions in the city.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Castelo de S. Jorge. This outstanding museum and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from 80,896 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Castelo de S. Jorge is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Miradouro de Santa Luzia is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 29,585 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing Praça do Comércio. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 99,112 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station.

Fasten your seatbelt and journey to your next stop.

To make your fun escapade in Porto, Portugal even more exciting, we recommend you check out all the tours and activities you can add to your itinerary. Joining tours is an incredible way to visit wonderful places and meet new friends.

Relax your senses after a day of exhilarating activities and fun exploration. Retreat to one of the best accommodations in Porto.

As the sun sets on day 7 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Porto's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Portugal to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Porto has them.

This establishment’s pleasant ambiance and food choices have left a lasting impression on everyone who chose to dine here.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Porto’s Do Norte Café by Hungry Biker for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,325 satisfied diners.

Order some of the best-tasting cocktails and celebrate the night away at Brasão Aliados. This famous bar in Porto has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7,812 customers.

You can also check out an equally popular bar in the area, Base Porto. This amazing place never disappoints with its variety of drinks and fantastic ambiance. Base Porto has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,621 customers.

If you want to visit another bar, we recommend Aduela. This bar offers guests many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with a great night, helping it earn an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,570 customers.

As the night falls in Porto, take a moment to savor the experiences of the day. Wash away your fatigue with a drink, or lay back and relax at your hotel, and look forward to another thrilling day of your multi-country journey across Europe.

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Day 8 – Porto and Salamanca

Day 8

Day 8 – Porto and Salamanca

  • Porto
  • Salamanca
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Drive 373 km, 4 hours 20 min

  • Luís I Bridge
  • Porto Cathedral
  • Gardens of the Palácio de Cristal
  • Parque da Cidade do Porto
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On day 8 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Spain and Portugal, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Porto in Portugal and Salamanca in Spain. When you’re not exploring the town and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Salamanca, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Porto, including the outstanding Luís I Bridge. Having an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 75,333 reviews, this fascinating attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the city.

Porto is also home to the captivating Porto Cathedral, a local church considered one of the highlights of the city. About 26,894 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.6 out of 5 stars, proving its popularity.

The extraordinary Gardens of the Crystal Palace is another unforgettable place you can visit on this leg of your journey in Porto. This extraordinary park and tourist hot spot boasts a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 37,422 travelers.

A trip to the wonderful Parque da Cidade do Porto will inspire you. Visitors have rated their experience at this amazing park and attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 25,756 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive towards Spain, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Salamanca. This drive usually takes around 3 hours and 32 minutes, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station.

Make more amazing memories during your vacation in Spain by adding tours and activities to your travel itinerary. Tours are another exciting way to experience the best of Salamanca, immersing in local customs and meeting new friends.

After a long day of driving and exploring, you’ll check in at a top-recommended hotel in Salamanca of your choice.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Spain's delectable cuisine at one of Salamanca's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the town’s most recommended bars.

Restaurante Isidro, a local-favorite in Salamanca, offers great food and ambiance. This well-loved restaurant in the town has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,168 customers.

Another top-rated restaurant worth trying in Salamanca is the popular Cuzco Bodega - Salamanca. An excellent dining option in the town, Cuzco Bodega - Salamanca enjoys an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,736 customers.

If you feel like having something else, check out the exciting selection of food and drinks at RESTAURANTE LA HOJA 21. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,593 customers.

Wrap up your evening by visiting the renowned Cuzco Bodega - Salamanca, a must-visit hotspot in the town of Salamanca. This bar has garnered an impressive average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, backed by 1,736 delighted customers.

Alternatively, quench your thirst at the popular Café Bar Capitán Haddock, consistently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Or, for an authentic local recommendation, head over to St. Patrick's Irish Pub, one of the top-rated bars in Salamanca, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,164 satisfied customers.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Spain and Portugal! Enjoy your evening in Salamanca to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the town center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 9 – Salamanca and Madrid

Day 9

Day 9 – Salamanca and Madrid

  • Madrid
  • Salamanca
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Drive 238 km, 2 hours 55 min

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Salamanca Cathedral
  • Calisto and Melibea Vegetable Garden
  • Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Frailes Garden
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Dive into day 9 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Spain and Portugal. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Salamanca, Guadarrama Basin, and Madrid in Spain, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Madrid. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Plaza Mayor is a travelers’ favorite in Salamanca, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 57,275 visitors.

In Salamanca, don’t miss Salamanca Cathedral, a great church and place to see in the town. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 14,562 reviews.

Check other top attractions in Salamanca off your list when you visit the wonderful Huerto de Calixto y Melibea. This popular sight is an outstanding park, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 11,760 travelers.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Salamanca, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Madrid. This drive usually takes around 2 hours and 38 minutes.

Salamanca is where memories are made! Take time to explore the town’s most popular attractions and learn something new today.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated attraction in Salamanca — Plaza Mayor. About 57,275 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

The popular Salamanca Cathedral is another top sight in Salamanca that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved church in the area, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 14,562 visitors.

Huerto de Calixto y Melibea is a spectacular park and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Salamanca, earning an impressive average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 11,760 enchanted visitors.

We recommend checking out all the tours and activities you can add to your package. Embarking on a tour is an excellent way of learning something new in Madrid, Spain.

After a long day of discovery, it's time to settle in at a top-rated hotel in Madrid. Indulge in well-deserved rest and rejuvenation, preparing for the continued adventure that lies ahead.

By dinnertime, you’ll be ready to savor the tastiest bites and enjoy lively vibes in central Madrid. From mouthwatering restaurants to happening bars, we've got the inside scoop on where to eat and drink at this stop on your multi-country road trip across Spain and Portugal.

Locals enjoy dining at James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid, one of the most popular restaurants in Madrid. This restaurant serves good quality food and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 4,124 customers.

Alternatively, if you have an appetite for something different, eat at La Mi Venta. Around 2,658 customers have given this fantastic restaurant an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit Del Diego Cocktail Bar, one of the top bars in the city. An excellent place to unwind and enjoy a refreshing evening drink, Del Diego Cocktail Bar has earned an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,245 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals and other travelers at Baton Rouge Cocktail Bar, a crowd-favorite. Around 966 customers have rated their experience at Baton Rouge Cocktail Bar an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Harvey's Cocktail Bar belongs to the list of the best bars in Madrid, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,137 bar-goers.

Celebrate day 9 of your multi-country road trip in Europe with a toast, and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 10 – Madrid - departure day

Day 10

Day 10 – Madrid - departure day

  • Madrid - Departure day
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  • Toledo Gate
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On day 10 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Madrid before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Spain and Portugal. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Madrid is the fantastic Toledo Gate. As an appreciated local gem in the area, Toledo Gate has earned an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 13,684 reviews.

Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Madrid and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Spain and Portugal.

We recommend you eat at a restaurant that locals enjoy, like the fantastic Arrabal Madrid. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,924 customers.

Alternatively, check out the menu at Asador Real.

The time has come to say farewell to Madrid for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 10-day European road trip in Spain and Portugal with fond memories. Safe travels!

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