35 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

35 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, catch a live event at Camp Nou, and visit El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona online trip maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Toulouse, France

— 4 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec & Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile), Cirque de Cagateille (in Ustou) and Cathedrale Saint Caprais (in Agen). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, snap pictures at Pont Valentre, make a trip to Le Capitole, and get curious at Cite de l'espace.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner.

Drive from Barcelona to Toulouse in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Toulouse is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Carcassonne Center, France

— 3 nights
When in Carcassonne Center, make a side trip to see Abbaye de Fontfroide in Narbonne, approximately Narbonne away.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Sebastian - Donostia: Bilbao (Taberna Plaza Nueva, Casco Viejo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, look for gifts at auka, and stop by Parte Vieja.

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Getting from Carcassonne Center to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Sebastian - Donostia, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Liberdade Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), look for gifts at Quay Market, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally explore the activities along Douro River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, then look for gifts at Livraria Lello, then take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and finally see where the action happens at Estadio do Dragao.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Porto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July since evenings lows in Porto dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Sintra, Portugal

— 4 nights
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Step out of Sintra with an excursion to Obidos Village in Obidos--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinta da Regaleira, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Cascais, explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Sintra day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Porto to Sintra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Porto in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sintra, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

Faro, Portugal

— 4 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Faro side-trips: Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia), Skydive Seven (in Portimao) and Praia da Falesia (in Olhos de Agua). There's much more to do: stroll through Praia Da Rocha, take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, cool off at Slide & Splash - Parque Aquatico - Water Slide Park, and scramble along the landscape with Coastline Algarve.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Faro route planning app.

Drive from Sintra to Faro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Faro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Faro

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), take a stroll through Triana, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Macarena.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Seville online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Faro to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Faro to Seville. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Faro in July: highs in Seville hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Marbella, Spain

— 4 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marbella: Ronda (Celia Morales Guitarra Flamenca Tradicional, Puente Nuevo, &more), Nerja (Educare Aventura, Balcony of Europe, &more) and Benalmadena (Puerto Marina Benalmadena & Borrasca Experience). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Marbella Old Town, look for gifts at Ya En Tu Casa - El sabor de Andalucía, and unwind over a drink at D.OLIVA.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marbella trip tool.

You can drive from Seville to Marbella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marbella can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the design of Cibeles Fountain, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Marbella to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Marbella in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.