43 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

43 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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43 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
2
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
4
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
5
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
12
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

5
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.
Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to PortAventura in Salou--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona online travel route planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 8 hours. While traveling from Adelaide, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

PortAventura
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, then make a trip to Micalet - Miguelete, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, meet the residents at Oceanografic Valencia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Oceanografic Valencia ©
Oceanografic Valencia

3
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja, Balcon de Europa, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, steep yourself in history at Generalife, make a trip to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, and get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada road trip website .

You can drive from Valencia to Granada in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, take in the views from Puente Nuevo, make a trip to Ronda, and wander the streets of Old City.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ronda travel planning website .

Getting from Granada to Ronda by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Ronda, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

3
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, make a trip to Plaza de Los Refinadores, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Seville, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Estacion de Atocha, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Madrid travel route app .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Madrid are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally make a trip to Praca do Giraldo. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, take in the architecture and design of University of Evora, then explore the ancient world of Cromeleque dos Almendres, then admire the striking features of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), and finally contemplate the long history of Walls of Evora.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Evora trip planner .

You can drive from Madrid to Evora in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Evora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Madrid in July since evenings lows in Evora dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monsaraz Castle and Walls
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning app .

Drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Evora in July: highs in Lisbon hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

4
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, and contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto journey builder site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Porto are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, then don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Bilbao takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Bilbao are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Room Escape Games

2
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota. On the next day, stroll through La Concha Beach, make a trip to Peine del Viento, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip builder app .

Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. July in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours Beaches Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach

3
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
When in Toulouse, make a side trip to see Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile in Albi, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Total Immersion, and engage your brain at Cite de l'espace.

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You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Toulouse in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July, you will find days in Toulouse are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, stroll around Le Palais de Justice, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

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Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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