12 days in France, Barcelona & Pals Itinerary

12 days in France, Barcelona & Pals Itinerary

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12 days in France, Barcelona & Pals Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
2
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
3
Avignon, France
— 1 night
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
5
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Pals, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Barcelona, Spain

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Barceloneta Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuari de la Mare de Deu Del Carme Barcelona, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona driving holiday tool .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In July in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get engrossed in the history at School Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip app .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in July since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the views from Pont du Gard, then make a trip to Palais des Papes, and then don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arles, Pont du Gard, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 18th (Thu), stroll through Castel Plage, then explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Collegiale Saint Paul.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in July, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

St-Paul-de-Vence
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St Nicholas Cathedral ©
St Nicholas Cathedral
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 19th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Calanque de Samena.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Marseille trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pals.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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Pals, Spain

Pals ©
On the 21st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Fundacio Mascort, then explore the world behind art at Dali Museum-House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes, and finally don't miss a visit to Castell de Begur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playas de Calella, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Aiguablava, and then don't miss a visit to Village Medieval de Pals.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pals trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Marseille to Pals in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Pals

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Begur, Playas de Calella, Salvador Dali House, Ruins of Empuries, Fundacio Mascort
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Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes ©
Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes
Platja Cala Aiguablava ©
Platja Cala Aiguablava
Ruins of Empuries ©
Ruins of Empuries

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