In planning her upcoming travels, a friend asked me to recap my itinerary and give some highlights of the march Portugal/Spain/France trip. It brought me so much joy to do so, here it is for public consumption.
Itinerary was Lisbon to Bordeaux and went like this:
Day 1 Leave USA
Day 2 Arrive Lisbon (via connection in MAD)
Day 3 Lisbon
Day 4 Train Lisbon to Porto
Day 5 Porto
Day 6 Train Porto to Santiago de Compostela
Day 7 Santiago de Compostela
(overnight bus to Bilbao)
Day 8 Bilbao
Day 9 Bilbao
Day 10 Bilbao to San Sebastian
Day 11 San Sebastian
Day 12 San Sebastian to Biarritz (via Bus)
Day 13 Biarritz to Bordeaux
Day 14 Bordeaux
Day 15 Bordeaux
Day 16 Fly to USA
- If you enjoy beef, eat a "Prego" in Lisbon. It's the only place in Portugal where they're available and they're outstanding - a steak sandwich with sauteed garlic and not much else, but quite incredible.
- The Time Out Market (yes, like the magazine) in Lisbon is quite worthwhile.
- Highly recommend at minimum a Port Tasting at the Yeatman Hotel in Porto. The view and selection blew me away.
- If you stop in Santiago de Compostela you must stay at the Parador Hotel. It is arguably the world's oldest hotel, in a perfect location, and is fantastic without being over the top.
- In Bilbao I stayed at Silken Gran Hotel Domine. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. Once again the perfect locale, across from the Guggenheim and also walkable to the old part of the city.
- Biarritz was lovely and exactly as I expected but during the part of the year when I went (March) not that noteworthy, I could have skipped it. I'm certain summer is a different story.
- The tasting and tour at Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux wine country was very worthwhile.