12 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


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 sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip site.

Toronto, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Palma de Mallorca.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 4 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palma de Mallorca: Cuevas del Drach (in Porto Cristo), Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro) and Platja d'es Trenc (in Campos). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Mallorca, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Alcudia, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra de Tramuntana, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Palma Aquarium.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palma de Mallorca in August, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Spain travel guide

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

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.