39 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

39 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
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Giverny, France
— 1 day
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Rouen, France
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Caen, France
— 3 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Tours, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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Penafiel, Spain
— 2 nights
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Segovia, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
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Cordoba, Spain
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Seville, Spain
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Merida, Spain
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Evora, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, then take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and finally make a trip to Hotel de Ville.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Tampa, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Paris is 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 64°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Versailles, France

— 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Le Petit Trianon, contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet, admire the striking features of Le Grand Trianon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame En Sa Nativite, and finally examine the collection at Galerie des Carrosses.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Versailles vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Giverny, France

— 1 day
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Giverny tour app.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Giverny takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee des Antiquites.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Giverny to Rouen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Caen, France

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Etienne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Maison des Quatrans, then take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Caen online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rouen to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Caen, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 9th (Mon), examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally take in the history at Kunstlicher Hafen. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Baron Gerard.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

Bayeux is just a short distance from Caen. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to Grand Degre, then make a trip to Tour de L'Arcade, and finally appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Place Jean Jaures and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Marmoutier.

Make your Tours itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Tours takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. May in Tours sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. You will leave for Bordeaux on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Place de la Bourse and Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron (in Cussac-Fort-Medoc) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame, take a stroll through Port de la Lune, and examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
St. Mary Gate and Calle San Pedro will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Ekainberri and Iglesia de San Salvador. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, snap pictures at Zurriolako zubia, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Visit Casco Viejo and Parroquia de San Vicente Mártir de Abando for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and La Ribera Market. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Bilbao, Spain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bilbao attractions planner.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Penafiel.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Penafiel, Spain

— 2 nights
Peñafiel is a town in Valladolid Province, autonomous community of Castile and León, Spain, best known for the Peñafiel Castle and for its medieval square used for bullfights and named "Plaza del Coso" (English: "El Coso Square"). On the 22nd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Museo Provincial del Vino and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Pablo.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Penafiel journey website.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Penafiel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bilbao in May, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Penafiel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Segovia.

Things to do in Penafiel

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Segovia, Spain

— 1 night

Light of Castilla

As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, then steep yourself in history at Casco Historico de Avila, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de Mosen Rubi. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Real Casa de la Moneda.

Plan trip to Segovia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Penafiel to Segovia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Penafiel in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Segovia, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Madrid.

Things to do in Segovia

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Museo Sorolla. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, see the interesting displays at Naval Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Lazaro Galdiano.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid journey planner.

You can drive from Segovia to Madrid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Madrid sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

Granada, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then contemplate the long history of Court of the Lions, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Granada journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Granada sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Cordoba, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Merced, and then get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cordoba travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Granada to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza de España and Casa Palacio de Las Duenas. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and Archaeological Museum of Sevilla. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, make a trip to Plaza del Triunfo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seville trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cordoba in May: highs in Seville hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Merida, Spain

Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Merida online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Evora.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

Evora, Portugal

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro, examine the collection at Megalithica Ebora, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Evora travel planner.

Traveling by car from Merida to Evora takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Evora are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and National Coach Museum. Appreciate the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Palacio de Monserrate). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, steep yourself in history at National Palace of Queluz, and take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Evora to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Evora in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.