Southern Spain & Portugal Signature Drive

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Welcome to our southern Spain & Portugal self-drive

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Explore from the twisting alleyways of Lisbon...

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To the exotic grandeur of Seville...

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Via the hiking trails of an unspoilt coast...

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... And a countryside of rolling hills and remote villages

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Explore with our lovely local guides...

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Stay in gorgeous small hotels...

tapas dishes in seville

Indulge on delicious authentic cuisine...

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... And glimpse traditional rural lifestyles

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Typical Duration

Packed with variety, this unique road trip cherry-picks the most emblematic parts of Spain and Portugal's sunny south, blending iconic cities, unspoilt coast and hilltop villages with their medieval castles.

  • Alentejo to Andalucía
  • Lisbon like a local
  • Tapas in Seville
  • Idyllic rural walks
  • Stunning coastal trails
  • Traditional lifestyles
  • Special places to stay
  • Welcoming hosts
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What's Included

Key Inclusions

9 nights in first-class hotels

All breakfasts

2 x lunches (including special tasting menu)

3 x dinners

Guided activities as described

Medium-size vehicle hire

Notes & GPS tracks for self-guided walks

Guided Activities

Private Lisbon tour

Private Seville tour with tapas

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Travel Guide app with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Please note: International travel not included.


Day 1

Arrive in Lisbon

You begin in Lisbon, Portugal's historic capital and one of Europe's most photogenic cities. Settle into your lovely hotel in the heart of the action and set out exploring. You might wander through the Botanical Gardens, take the tram out to Belém to visit a UNESCO World heritage site and soak in sunset views from one of the many 'mirador' lookout points.

Day 2

Explore Lisbon with a local

Day 3

Travel south to the Atlantic coast

Day 4

Hike on the Costa Vicentina

Day 5

Relax or keep walking on the coast

Day 6

Cross into Spain to stay at a special B&B

Day 7

Linger over a special lunch

Day 8

Meet your guide for tapas in Seville

Day 9

Visit world heritage sites in Seville

Day 10

Head for home

Memorable moments you can look forward to...

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Look out across...

A cascade of Lisbon rooftops

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Discover the city...

With the help of a local

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Say yes please...

To another Pastel de Nata

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Get to know...

Lisbon by its street art

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Take a break...

In a traditional old-time café

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Ride the trams...

Through the twisting streets

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Chart the story...

Of the Age of Exploration

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Find the spot...

Where Rio meets San Fran

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Join the locals...

To watch day turn to night

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Be moved by...

The mournful tones of fado

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Mingle with shoppers...

At Setúbal's food market

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Settle in...

To a farmhouse by the sea

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Off quiet wild beaches

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Look out...

For nesting storks in spring

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Kick off your boots...

On sandy coastal trails

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Take a dip...

In the warm Alentejan sun

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Fill your plate...

With tasty seafood

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Fill your lungs...

With fresh sea air

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Watch the sun...

Go down over the Atlantic

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Along ancient cobbled trails

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Through quaint white villages

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Roam free...

Like an Ibérico piggie

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Traditional rural lifestyles

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On a memorable tasting lunch

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In a traditional hammam spa

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Surrounded by blissful nature

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Begin the day...

With breakfast al fresco

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End the day...

With glorious sunset views

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In boutique city hotels

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Delve into...

Local Seville markets

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Eat & drink...

Like the locals do

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Look up...

In the incredible Alcázar Palace

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Feel the power...

Of authentic flamenco

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Over lunches in the sun

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Lose yourself...

In pretty the backstreets

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Take in...

Sunset over Seville

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