26 days in Spain, Portugal & Carcassonne Itinerary

26 days in Spain, Portugal & Carcassonne Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
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Girona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Carvoeiro, Portugal
— 6 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona holiday tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Barcelona is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Riyadh, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. You will leave for Girona on the 21st (Thu).
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Girona, Spain — 3 nights

Catalonia’s second-largest city, Girona embodies old-world charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Catalan culture.
On the 22nd (Fri), visit Patronat Call de Girona, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girona Cathedral (Catedral), and then don't miss a visit to Passeig de la Muralla. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Village Medieval de Pals, and then explore the striking landscape at Camino de Ronda.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Girona travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Girona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Girona, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal du Midi, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne journey planner.

Traveling by car from Girona to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 6 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: PortAventura (in Salou) and Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey (in Montserrat). See even more of Barcelona: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Palau Guell, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and stroll around Ciutadella Park.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carcassonne in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Zaragoza.
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Zaragoza, Spain — 1 night

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and finally snap pictures at Puente de Piedra.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zaragoza trip builder site.

Getting from Barcelona to Zaragoza by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Zaragoza to be slightly colder, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Zaragoza, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros and then admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Bairro Alto, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Jardim Zoologico, then take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge, and finally admire the local landmark of Rossio Square.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary app.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in August since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carvoeiro.
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Carvoeiro, Portugal — 6 nights

Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 5th (Fri) at Slide & Splash - Parque Aquatico - Water Slide Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 9th (Tue) at Aqualand Algarve.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carvoeiro online road trip planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Carvoeiro in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Carvoeiro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal

Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Carvoeiro to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Carvoeiro in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Salou to see PortAventura about 1h 45 min away. See some other sides of Barcelona: don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, walk around Ciutadella Park, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona online trip maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 25°C. On the 15th (Mon), you're off to home.
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Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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