Hello, I’d like to ask for some feedback on a trip to Spain and Portugal in August for 20 nights (the last 3 weeks of August). Some of the details are incomplete (like destinations surrounding our lodging location, how best to travel between Lisbon/Nazare/Coimbra/Porto). I would be very appreciative of all your help!
I am aware that August is not typically advised, but that is a constraint of our trip. I am also aware that many users on this forum recommend sticking to just Spain or Portugal. However, I am willing to make some sacrifices (see less places) to see a good variety of destinations. I would also like to minimize the number of disruptive traveling days, etc. We thought to avoid Sevilla/Granada due to the heat and to instead visit the Basque Country.
To make the itinerary below more manageable (and to add 1 night to Central Portugal and to Porto), I am thinking of also combining Coimbra with Central Portugal, but I do not know where it is preferred to stay during that time. Or, perhaps I should skip Barcelona altogether for a less rushed trip. I would add those nights to Madrid/Toledo and Portugal.
—————- Format = Destination, # of Nights, Travel in, Travel Out
Lisbon, 0, (we have a long layover of 8 hours here on the way to Barcelona)
Barcelona, 3, flight, high-speed train
Madrid (maybe day trips to Toledo/Segovia), 5, high-speed train, drive
Basque Country (San Sebastian), 3, drive, flight
Lisbon, 3, flight, ?
Nazare/Central Portugal, 2, ?, ?
Coimbra, 2, ?, ?
Porto, 2, ?, flight
Thank you for your feedback! We are most interested in generally exploring cities, food, and local culture. We would like a mix of high-energy cities and low key towns/villages.