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touring spain and portugal

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touring spain and portugal

we want to drive/tour from Madrid to lisbon/porto/salamanca/madrid.

we have abourt 3 wks we are a couple in our 60's,

any tips or ideas, things not to miss?

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1. Re: touring spain and portugal

The route might be: Madrid - Trujillo or Plasencia - Cáceres (a must) - Mérida (superb Roman remains). Then, Portugal: Lisbon, Porto. Then, in Spain: Ciudad Rodrigo - Salamanca (a must) - Avila - Madrid. You can easily spend three weeks on this trip.

Stuff for accurate home work:

http://www.spain.info/en/

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2. Re: touring spain and portugal

Welcome to the Madrid forum!

To be able to pro de you with the most appropriate advice we need more information. What are your interests? What do you enjoy seeing and doing whilst travelling? When are you planning on visiting and how long do you intend on spending in each of the locations mentioned?

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3. Re: touring spain and portugal

we are in the very very early stages of planning our trip.

we like driving shopping. browsing,people watching,beautiful old towns beautiful countryside, comfortable clean hotels or B& Bs, vegetarian food, historical buildings,

we could stay between 2/3 days in any one place depending on the interest value.

We have allocated 2/3 weeks for the whole trip

We are very flexible.

We have a sat nav. and speak a little Spanish.

We are 2 active people in our 60's.

We have Spanish residency as we live in Tenerife

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4. Re: touring spain and portugal

My personal highlights (Spain's leg) would be Cáceres, Mérida and Salamanca. Then, Avila.

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5. Re: touring spain and portugal

Thank you for the additional information.

Caceres is well worth a visit as a UNESCO world heritage city. Salamanca is a wonderful place, with a beautiful plaza. If you get chance, I would also suggest a trip to Segovia from Madrid,this can be done in one day and ticks two boxes in terms of historical interest and excellent food.

Try looking at hostals for accommodation, these are smaller family run hotels and offer good value.

If hiring a car, be aware of high charges for cross border driving between Portugal and Spain.

Take a look at Maribel's dining guide Madrid for some vegetarian restaurant suggestions. A visit to Mercado de San Miguel and Mercado de San Anton is a must for foodies! See 'Things to do' and 'Top Questions' on this page for suggestions of what to see in Madrid.

Happy planning!

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6. Re: touring spain and portugal

michaelj:

I have been on a tour of Portugal recently and saw most of the country. The most beautiful part for me was a day tour we took to Estoril that we booked at our hotel in Lisbon.

Be aware that most of the highway roads in Portugal are toll roads.

visitportugal.com/NR/…frameless.htm

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7. Re: touring spain and portugal

We did a trip quite similar to the one Revulgo is suggesting and it was marvelous. That is a wonderful journey. We went from Madrid to Cáceres, Trujillo, Évora, Lisobon, Mérida and back to Madrid. It would be easy to include Salamanca and Ávila or you could go to Toledo (a huge favorite of mine). Mérida was one of the highlights of our year in Spain. And we also ate incredibly well in Évora.

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