21 days in Spain & France Itinerary

21 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Seville, Spain
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Marbella, Spain
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Biarritz, France
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain
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Salamanca, Spain
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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.
On the 20th (Mon), stop by Centro Historico de Sevilla and then steep yourself in history at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary maker app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Seville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Marbella, Spain

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Puerto Banus Marina. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, take in the pleasant sights at Marbella Old Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida del Mar, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and finally see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou Malaga.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marbella online day trip planner.

Drive from Seville to Marbella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Marbella sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Marbella

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Ermita de Gracia – Iglesia Cueva de Guadix, take an in-depth tour of Centro de Interpretacion Cuevas de Guadix, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadix Cathedral, explore the galleries of Archive Saint John of God Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de la Zambra Cueva de Curro, see the interesting displays at Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Mayor de Granada, admire the masterpieces at Monasterio de la Concepcion, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Max Moreau, and finally explore the historical opulence of Alhambra.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Granada trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marbella to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marbella in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Granada, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti, examine the collection at L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, examine the collection at Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia, then wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Valencia trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Granada to Valencia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valencia, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, take a stroll through El Born, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Catalunya, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Vicens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes, have fun and explore at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then appreciate the extensive heritage of L'Eixample District, and finally steep yourself in history at Palau Reial Major.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona holiday planner.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs and then contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands, steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, then get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice online attractions planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Nice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Toulouse.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Toulouse, France

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Couvent des Jacobins, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg, then shop like a local with Hotel d'Assezat, then contemplate the long history of Hotel de Nupces, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Alain, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, then examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse day trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Toulouse when traveling from Nice in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Biarritz, France

— 1 night
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 5th (Tue), get outside with La Grande Plage, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, see the interesting displays at Planete Musee du Chocolat Biarritz, explore the world behind art at Musee Asiatica, then take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Madeleine.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Biarritz trip builder app.

You can drive from Toulouse to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Biarritz, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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.
To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip planner.

Drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for Bilbao on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Vicente Mártir de Abando, explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Begona, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bibat Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Fournier de Naipes de Alava, examine the collection at Museo Armeria Vitoria, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Prudencio de Armentia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Paz de Guernica.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 8th (Fri), you're off to Salamanca.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Salamanca, Spain

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Purisima Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Universidad de Salamanca, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Anaya, admire the landmark architecture of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), then steep yourself in history at Escuelas Menores, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Anaya, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa de las Conchas.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Salamanca trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bilbao to Salamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in October, Salamanca is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.