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8 weeks travelling around Spain and Portugal

8 weeks travelling around Spain and Portugal

Jul 13th, 2019, 01:17 PM
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8 weeks travelling around Spain and Portugal

I'm trying to plan places to visit in spain and Portugal for 2 months...
I will be travelling on my own in October November.
I start in malaga and finish in malaga .I enjoy site seeing , old towns , architecture. Ive
been thinking of going to rhonda, mojacar, Valencia, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbo,
Porto, lisbon, Seville.
I would be very grateful, if you could recommend me any other areas..
would it be best for me to drive or use public transport...

Many thanks
Ian


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Jul 13th, 2019, 03:22 PM
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Instead of starting and ending in the same city, consider flying into one location and out of another. As a rule, you can search for such routes using a "multi-city" option.

8 weeks will go very quickly, as Iberia is a destination-rich part of the world. You would benefit from consulting a good guidebook or two, perhaps including the Michelin Green Guides. And if you'll look, you'll find a LOT of trip reports and trip planning threads on this forum -- they'll provide a wealth of information.

With an interest in architecture, I'm surprised you didn't mention Cordoba, Granada, or Salamanca.
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Jul 13th, 2019, 10:12 PM
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Drive if you want to see the more remote areas, such as Portuguese villages like Monsaraz and towns like Braganša or the prehistoric carvings in the upper Douro valley.
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Jul 13th, 2019, 10:29 PM
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8 weeks travelling around Spain and Portugal

Many thanks for the advice and information..
I love scenery.... I was also thinking about the "picos de europa"
And places around Madrid.... Segovia & toledo..
Driving into towns would scare me...
As I will be on a budget I don't know wether to use the trains or buses...
I will read up on it.
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Jul 13th, 2019, 10:34 PM
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The Picos de Europa are very scenic; Segovia and Toledo are gems. Your difficulty will be in deciding what NOT to visit!

For transportation options, consult rome2rio.com -- just be sure to click through to the underlying sites, as the main web pages aren't sensitive to seasonal variation in schedules.

For budget options, consult the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. The costs of the guidebooks will be nugatory in comparison to the cost of your trip.
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Jul 14th, 2019, 04:19 AM
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For info on traveling by train, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, see: https://www.seat61.com/

i consider the Alhambra in Granada the single best sight in Spain, but also consider Salmanca in addition to the places on your list. In Portugal do not miss Coimbra.
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Jul 14th, 2019, 06:50 PM
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The Picos area is beautiful, and there is a small local train "Feve" I think its called, but this is a very slow way to travel,its used as a link between the villages in the area. Buses are the mainstay of public transport in Spain IF there is no train links. There is pretty much always a bus option. Leon is a good option as a base for the Picos, an interesting city that is on the Camino trail. We will be back in this area for NYE this year, staying in a Parador this time. Enjoy your vacation.
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Jul 14th, 2019, 08:04 PM
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Consider visiting the regions of Galicia and Extremadura, both border Portugal. In Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is a gem. In Extremadura, Caceres, Merida and Trujillo are very worthwhile.
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Jul 15th, 2019, 01:53 AM
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8 weeks travelling around Spain and Portugal

Many thanks for all the information... Travelling on my own I will need all the advice I can get...
I'm learning Spanish so I would like to blend in with the natives..
Ian
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Jul 15th, 2019, 05:46 AM
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Learning Spanish might come in handy, but it will certainly not make you blend in with the local population, if that is what you mean by "natives".
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