25 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

25 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Albufeira, Portugal
— 6 nights


Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Bayeux, France — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 24th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days in Bayeux, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 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.
Visit Platja mar menuda and Fenals Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to S'Agaro to see Camino de Ronda about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and view the masterpieces at Begemot Art & Fashion Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Barcelona in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do your shopping at Mercado San Miguel and Gran Via. Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo & Artesania Taller del Moro). There's lots more to do: walk around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in June, expect nights in Madrid to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Lisbon.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Carcavelos and Praia da ursa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Safaris). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Belém Tower, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and take a stroll through Rossio Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip site.

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Madrid in July; daily highs in Lisbon reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Albufeira.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
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Albufeira, Portugal — 6 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Visit Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Falesia for some beach relaxation. Head to By Nature and BAM Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira) and Lagos (Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Gale, and get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips
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France travel guide

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.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · 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.

Portugal travel guide

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.