From Madrid to Porto – A 12-day trip around the major cities of Spain and Portugal

A trip around Spain and Portugal during summer is one of the best trip ever! Let’s start drinking Sangria in the Spanish Capital and then jump to Portugal to visit Lisbon and drink a good glass of wine in Porto.


4 Days discovering Madrid

The first step we’ve chosen for you is the Spanish capital Madrid! It is the largest city of Spain and is the capital of the Spanish “movida”! In Madrid you can find everything you’re looking for.

If you’re fond of art you can visit many museums, such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Nacional del Prado. Taking a stroll around the city you can admire the Plaza Mayor and for a really good lunch eat at the Mercado de San Miguel. We suggest you to have your dinner at Sobrino de Botín, the oldest restaurant in Europe, and taste the real Spanish paella. Moreover, for the football lovers a visit to the Museo del Real Madrid is a must.

Don’t leave Madrid before visiting Malasaña district! Here you can find the real Spanish night life with many locals open until 3:00.

For more information read our Madrid City Guides! You’ll find whatever you’re looking for, from the best restaurants where to eat to the best places to see for an unforgettable getaway!

Choose your apartment!

This loft apartment is decorated with modern, practical furnishings. It is perfect for a stay for 2 guests in the Spanish capital. 

The apartment is very bright, large windows and parquet associated with the choice of frameworks make it very cozy . For 6 guests!

How to reach Lisbon?

Madrid is 503,07 km away from Lisbon. By car, you will reach Lisbon in more than 5:30 hours, with the risk to be stuck in the traffic a lot of time.

If you like traveling during night, you can take the train. The trip lasts more than 10 hours and the prices are around €60. Check the website for more information.

However, the best way to reach Lisbon is traveling by plane. The flight lasts only 1 hour and the prices are really convenient. If you book your ticket early, you can pay 30€.  Moreover, getting to the airport of Madrid is really easy since there’s the metro line (number 8).

4 Days discovering Lisbon


The city of Lisbon follows the river Tago and it is built over seven hills, as Rome. It is characterized by a particular urban layout made by stairs, steep climbs and descents, and narrow streets that cross the city. Once in Lisbon, you have to take the tram, which is almost an historic site itself and a must-see in Lisbon. The tram brings you to the Castelo de São Jorge, from where you can enjoy Beautiful view over the city. The old Torre de Belém is another must-see in the Portuguese capital.

For a good and economic lunch, we suggest you to walk to the Baixa district where you can find many typical Portuguese bars and restaurants. Vertigo Café is a great choice for enjoying a high-quality coffee. From the Baixa district walk up to Praça Restauradores. Here you take the Ascensor da Glória which brings you to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

For dinner we suggest you to reserve a table in the small restaurant Cantinho Lusitano and don’t forget to taste the delicious wine. Port wine is the traditional wine coming only from Portugal. After dinner, enjoy the Portuguese nightlife walking around the district Barrio Alto.

Don’t forget our Lisbon City Guides and be a local during your trip!

How to reach Porto?

Lisbon is about 318, 8 km away from Porto and you can get there by car, train or plane.

If you choose the first option, Porto is only 2h 48mins drive from Lisbon but traveling by car is always risky, you could be stuck in traffic a lot of time and lose precious time that you could use for exploring the city! Therefore, we suggest to flight to Porto. The trip lasts less than 1 hour and you can choose among more than 10 flights per day. Keep an eye on the Ryanair website and choose the best offer! If you like most traveling by train, the trip lasts 2 h 50 min.

4 Days discovering Porto

Located at the Douro River, Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal and one of the most visited in Europe. It is a great destination for a city break and it offers many activities to do.

If you arrive by plane, to get to the centre in an economic way you can take the metro or the bus. If you choose the first, the line is the violet one, the trip lasts half an hour and it costs only €1, 50. The metro services start at 6:00 in the morning until 1:30 at night. While, if you take the bus, which runs between the airport and the centre, you have to take the numbers 120, 601, 602 and 604, at a cost of € 1, 30.

Once you’re in the city centre, take the metro until the stop “Aliados” and walk into the direction of Praça Carlos Alberto. We suggest you to have your first breakfast at Moustache, where you can taste sandwiches, cakes and other delicious pastries.

A must-see in Porto is the Librería Lello e Irmão. Its history dates back to the year 1869. Only 1 min. away from the Library you’ll find the Clérigos Tower. From the tower you can enjoy one of the best view over the entire city. The entrance costs only €2 and it is worth absolutely a visit.

To relax a bit after having climbed 240 steps you can enjoy a good glass of wine in one of the best wineries in Porto, the Ferreira. After that, take a stroll at the promenade of the Douro River and enjoy your dinner in one of the restaurants that you’ll find there. Read our Porto Food Guide and discover everything you must know about the Portuguese gastronomy.

Before leaving Porto, don’t forget to have a ride on the historical tram which rides along the Douro River, you’ll see the city under a different light!

Have you ever been in these cities? What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and GowithOh!

At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.