Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

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Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

Postby paulhenrylow » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:09 am

Hi. We are in Andalusia in May. We have a hire car and will visit towns between Arcos and Ronda and onwards to Cordoba. We then want to drive Cordoba - Porto in 3 days. Can anyone suggest a good itinerary for this route? What would be the most interesting towns for an overnight stop? Because of time and distance I think we have to miss Lisbon. Cheers from Paul

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Re: Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

Postby andalucia » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:57 pm

Cordoba to Porto in three days is fine. Only the first portion of it is in Andalucia. A fundamental decision is if to go direct or cross country on the N-432 to Zafra and later Badajoz, or to go via Sevilla (passing Ecija and Carmona) and up the Ruta de la Plata.

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Re: Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

Postby olive » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:52 pm

A lot depends on what you want to see.

We like old buildings, ruins and history. The parador at Zara is a nice place to stay. The conquistador towns in extremadura are nice. Evora is ful of Roman ruins. Rio Douro valley is scenic.

I would do a search on main tourist attractions in the areas you could pass through and make a route to encompass them

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Re: Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

Postby olive » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:39 am

That should have read Zafra. Ruddy predictive text.

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Re: Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

Postby paulhenrylow » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:06 am

Thank you for your help. It looks like we will go via Zafra and Badajoz. I know this is an Andalusian forum but if anyone has any suggestions for a scenic drive from Badajoz to Porto within Portugal I would appreciate it. I think after the attractions of Andalusia we will appreciate some natural scenery and rustic charm. Cheers from Paul

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Re: Suggestions for driving route, Cordoba to Porto

Postby fincalospinos » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:42 am

Badajoz - Castelo Branco - Vila Nova de Foz Coa - Sao Joao da Pesquiera - Then follow River Duero down to Porto.

Allow at least one overnight stop between Vila Nova and Porto ( if only to visit one of the port bodegas !! )
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