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How to Get to Spain or Portugal
Planning a holiday trip to Spain or Portugal? Our team of dedicated destination specialists will help you plan your dream vacation to Spain or Portugal.
Below are some things to consider when planning your trip to Spain or Portugal:
What are the entry requirements?
Australian passport holders can stay in Spain or Portugal up to 90 days without a visa. You should have at least six months validity remaining on your passport. Some regulations may apply on other passports depending on the duration of the stay. Check with the Spanish Consulate or Portuguese Counsulate for more information.
When is the best time to travel to Spain or Portugal? What is the weather like in both countries?
Spain has a warm, Mediterranean climate with dry summers and winters can be very cold in the centre but milder in other regions. The best time to visit cities such as Madrid and Barcelona are during spring or autumn.
The climate in Portugal varies between regions. The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas. Inland, nearer Spain, the winters and colder although the temperatures are still mild compared to the rest of the Europe.
Which cities and regions to visit in Spain or Portugal?
Spain is brimming with historic cities, scenic landscape, beautiful landmarks and cathedrals, art museums and more. Visit Spain’s largest cities – Barcelona and Madrid. if you are into modern architecture, beautiful landmarks, world-class museums and good cuisine.
If you staying for a week or more, you can visit other cities and regions of Spain.
Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of Galicia located in northwest of Spain. It is one of most popular tourist and pilgrim destinations of the country. University of Santiago de Compostela is one of the oldest Spanish universities. If you are into great cuisine, head to the Basque Country and try some of the best pintxos (tapas) in the country. The La Rioja region is known for its wines. You can also explore various cathedrals and monasteries in the region.
If you travel to the Andalucia region, expect diverse landscape, historic cities and home to some of the best monuments in the world.
Portugal thrives with its vibrant cities, scenic countryside, beautiful beaches and rich history. Explore Lisbon, Portugal’s capital set on seven hills facing the Atlantic Ocean. The city is full of Gothic cathedrals, monuments, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens. Porto, is Portugal’s second largest city located in Northern Portugal. It is built along the hills overlooking the majestic Douro River. It is also known for producing Port wine.
Other must-visit destinations in Northern Portugal include the Douro Valley, Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo Pinhao and more.
If you head to Central Portugal, notable cities worth visiting include Coimbra, Sintra, Obidas and Tomar.
The Alentejo region is known for its rolling plains landscape and vast wheat fields. Visit the historic cities of Evora, Crato, Estremoz and Arraiolos.
Soak up the sun in the beaches of the Algarve region. This region is packed with high-quality beaches, coves and cliffs.
Discover the beauty of nature on the islands of Madeira and Acores.
What type of accommodation should I choose?
If you are travelling to Spain, we offer a great range of accommodation you can choose from. If you are going to Barcelona or Madrid, there are numerous, 3 to 5-star hotels and fully-furnished serviced apartments that you can choose from depending on your budget and group size. Most properties are located near tourist landmarks and monuments with easy access to transportation, restaurants and shops.
For a unique experience, why not stay in a beautiful Parador? Spanish Paradores are luxury hotels set in historic castles, palaces or fortresses located around Spain.
In Portugal, we also offer great options for your accommodation from beautiful hotels, stylish serviced apartments, historic Pousadas and quaint Solares.
How do I get to and from the airport?
Spain’s two main airports are Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona Airport. Their airports are connected to their transport network by metro, bus, taxi or train. Both terminals of Barcelona Airport are connected to the metro through the line called L9 Sud. Aerobus is an alternative way to reach the city centre. Ticket costs €5.90 for a single trip.
The Airport Express bus travels from and to Madrid Barajas Airport for 2 euros (one way) and runs 24 hours a day, approximately every 15 minutes via Madrid’s city centre. The Aerobus service is an express bus service that links Barcelona airport to the city centre and runs normally between 6 and 15 minutes. Tickets cost €5.65 for a single ticket and €9.75 for a return ticket valid for 9 days. Alternatively, we can book a private airport transfer.
Lisbon Airport is Portugal’s main airport. The red line (Orient Line) located at the Terminal 1 Arrivals area is connected to the city centre. The Aerobus provides regular daily links between the maint points of the city, the Parque das Nações, the Sete Rios and Oriente bus terminals, and the Entrecampos, Cais do Sodre and Oriente rail terminals. It departs daily approximately every 30 minutes and single ticket costs €3.50.
Contact our team today if you need help in planning your dream holiday to Spain or Portugal.