Madrid - Salamanca - Vigo (467 km)
Departure from the bus terminal at 8:00 in the morning, we will head to the city of Salamanca. We will have a free time to enjoy the beautiful city center of Salamanca on own. It's recommended for us including the Old Town, Old and New Cathedrals, Salamanca University, Plaza Mayor and the historical Casa de las Conchas. Later we will continue to Vigo where we will have a dinner and spend night.
Salamanca is a major city in Spain that mixes antiquated, medieval architecture with the atmosphere of a college town, with the University of Salamanca leading the way in the teaching of the Spanish language.
Most Spanish cities have a Plaza Mayor, but few are comparable to that of Salamanca. Surrounded by baroque buildings, the centerpiece of this public square is the city hall, with arms of restaurants, cafes, and other shops lining the side.
Deluxe Hotel: Eurostars Mar de Vigo or similar
Vigo - Viana do Castelo - Braga - Porto (437 km)
After breakfast, we will head towards Portugal and crossing the border to arrive in Viana do Castelo. Viana do Castelo is an excellent spot to buy jewelry. After some free time, we will continue to Braga. We will have own free time to explore Braga before heading to Porto. Arrival in early evening and ovenight here.
Viana do Castelo, PORTUGAL
Viana do Castelo is a municipality in the Norte Region of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 88,725 in an area of 319.02 km2.
A city and a municipality in the northwestern Portuguese district of Braga, in the historical and cultural Minho Province.
Deluxe Hotel: Eurostars Oporto or similar
Coimbra - Fatima - Lisbon (129 km)
Once we have eaten breakfast, we will depart towards Fatima, an important pilgrimage center. We will have free time to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. Then we will move on to Lisbon, Portugal's capital, where we will have a dinner and spend night there.
Fatima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourem, in the Portuguese Santarem District.
Sanctuary of Fatima
The Sanctuary of Fatima is a large, open public facility dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The site features many buildings, including a minor basilica and two small chapels.
Deluxe Hotel: VIP Executive Picoas or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Lisbon - Caceres - Madrid (564 km)
After breakfast, we will drive back to Spain, with a stop and free time in Caceres. We will spend 1.5 hours there and then visit the other main highlights, such as Plaza Mayor. Climb up the steps from the Old Town and turn left, we will see the great Torre de Bujaco, or Bujaco Tower. At the top of the tower, we will be treated to a storks' eye view of the Plaza Mayor. To climb the tower, we need to spend 2 euros at own expenses. Next to Torre de Bujaco, at the top of the stone stairs, we will see Arco de La Estrella. The essential part of travelling to Caceres is what lies inside the fortress. As we enter through Arco de la Estrella, several antique buildings greet us. If you walk left from the archway, you will find Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma which we can only visit the palace from the outside. Additionally, the small streets in the Old Town have different small shops selling local products, such as homemade pastries and sweets. Later we will head to Madrid and tour finished here.
Caceres is the capital of Caceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. The municipio has a land area of 1,750.33 km2 (675.81 sq mi), the largest geographically in Spain. The walled city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Old Town of Caceres still features some of its original medieval walls. In the Middle Ages, control of the city was constantly switching between Christians and Muslims, and this struggle is exemplified by the architecture of the Old Town.