23 days in Charente-Maritime, Pamplona & Zaragoza Itinerary

23 days in Charente-Maritime, Pamplona & Zaragoza Itinerary

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Royan, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, France
— 1 night
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Saint Martin de Re, France
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 7 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
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Royan, France — 3 nights

Royan is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, along the Atlantic Ocean, in southwestern France.A seaside resort, Royan is in the heart of an urban area estimated at 38,638 inhabitants, which makes it the fourth-largest conurbation in the department, after La Rochelle, Saintes and Rochefort. Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Amphitheatre de Saintes. Phare de la Coubre and Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Royan side-trips: Chateau de La Roche-Courbon (in Saint Porchaire) and Musee et Site gallo-Romains du Fa (in Barzan). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Beach of La Palmyre, stroll through La Grande Cote, look for all kinds of wild species at Grottes du Regulus, and take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont du Diable.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Royan road trip planning tool.

Paris to Royan is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Royan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron.
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, France — 1 night

Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.It is located on the island of Oléron.As the biggest city of the island, it is widely considered as the capital of the island. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take an unorthodox tour of Fort Boyard, then enjoy the sea views from Le phare de chassiron, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Louvois.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron vacation maker tool.

Getting from Royan to Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. July in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint Martin de Re.
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Saint Martin de Re, France — 2 nights

Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a commune in the western French department of Charente-Maritime.It is one of the ten communes located on the Île de Ré.HistoryFortificationsSaint-Martin-de-Ré has extensive fortifications, reflecting the strategic importance of the Île de Ré. On the 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Abbaye des Chateliers, then get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and then make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de la Conche des Baleines, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Trousse-Chemise.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint Martin de Re planning app.

You can drive from Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron to Saint Martin de Re in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Saint Martin de Re, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle, France — 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Get outdoors at Plage de Chatelaillon and Croisieres Fourasines. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle. Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Fouras (Galerie de l'Alambic & Fort Vauban) and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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La Rochelle is just a stone's throw from Saint Martin de Re. July in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamplona.
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Pamplona, Spain — 7 nights

Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Take a break from the city and head to Foz de Lumbier and Senorio de Bertiz Natural Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fortress and Walls of Pamplona and Colegiata de Roncesvalles. Change things up with these side-trips from Pamplona: Marques de Murrieta (in Logrono), Bodegas Pago de Larrainzar (in Ayegui) and Monasterio de Leyre (in Yesa). Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes, make a trip to Iglesia de San Saturnino, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Campillo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pamplona online trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Pamplona by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Rochelle in July: highs in Pamplona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zaragoza.
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Zaragoza, Spain — 6 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Puente de Piedra and La Lonja. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caesaraugusta Theater Museum and Daroca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zaragoza: Parque Monasterio De piedra, Zaragoza Spain (in Nuevalos), Monasterio de Veruela (in Vera de Moncayo) and Plaza de los Fueros (in Tudela). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Goya Coleccion Ibercaja, see the interesting displays at Emoz, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and make a trip to Roman Walls.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zaragoza journey planner.

You can drive from Pamplona to Zaragoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pamplona in July: high temperatures in Zaragoza hover around 39°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Charente-Maritime travel guide

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Named after the Charente River, the Charente-Maritime department is where French inhabitants go to vacation on its 482 km (300 mi) of pristine coastline along the Atlantic Ocean with exceptional Gallo-Roman, medieval, and renaissance heritage. Located in the Poitou-Charentes region, this department offers beautiful scenery, a mild temperate climate, and a luminous quality of the light that makes this a painter's haven. Outdoor activities are bountiful with areas for fishing, sailing, and golfing as well as discovering wildlife and sightseeing in nature. At the southern tip is the "Haute Saintonge," a special area that is a bit like the land that time forgot with red-tiled Romanesque roofs where many of the locals still wear blue overalls and slippers for all occasions.
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