27 days in Spain, Lourdes & Carcassonne Center Itinerary

27 days in Spain, Lourdes & Carcassonne Center Itinerary

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27 days in Spain, Lourdes & Carcassonne Center Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Lourdes, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carcassonne Center, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Bilbao, Spain
— 5 nights
4
Llanes, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Oviedo, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Taramundi, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
La Coruna, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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3
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to SARL DU SANCTUAIRE and Grotte de Massabielle. Get outdoors at Cirque de Gavarnie and Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lourdes: Pont d'Espagne (in Cauterets) and Fort Du Portalet (in Urdos). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Pie X.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lourdes road trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lourdes is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Lourdes due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Lourdes, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pont d'Espagne, Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, Cirque de Gavarnie, Fort Du Portalet
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SARL DU SANCTUAIRE ©
SARL DU SANCTUAIRE
Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
Fort Du Portalet ©
Fort Du Portalet

3
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Visit Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau de Peyrepertuse for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec) and Chateau de Termes (in Termes). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, do a tasting at Domaine Rose et Paul, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne Center, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Albi, Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Domaine Rose et Paul, Chateau de Termes
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

5
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Popular historic sites such as Casco Viejo and Monasterio de Yuso are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Monte Urgull. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: Parte Vieja (in San Sebastian - Donostia), Ermita de Santa Maria de la Hoz (in Tobera) and Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola (in Valdelateja). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Portilla, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Acantilados de Barrika, and steep yourself in history at San Millan Suso Monastery.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bilbao trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Bilbao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Bilbao are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Llanes.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, San Millan de la Cogolla, Engana Tunnel, Castillo de Portilla, Ermita de Santa Maria de la Hoz
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

3
nights
Llanes, Spain

Llanes ©
Llanes is a municipality of the province of Asturias, in northern Spain. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Covadonga and Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santuario De Covadonga and Iglesia de Niembro. Change things up with these side-trips from Llanes: Covadonga (Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga & Santa Cueva de Covadognga), El Capricho de Gaudi (in Comillas) and Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra (in Asiego). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Llanes travel route planning site .

Drive from Bilbao to Llanes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in May, you will find days in Llanes are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Oviedo.

Things to do in Llanes

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cangas de Onis, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno, El Capricho de Gaudi, Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes, Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra
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Santuario De Covadonga ©
Santuario De Covadonga
Lake Covadonga ©
Lake Covadonga
Iglesia de Niembro ©
Iglesia de Niembro

1
night
Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo ©
Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. On the 23rd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Tirso El Real, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Julian de los Prados, then make a trip to Santa María del Naranco. Prerrománico asturiano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel de Lillo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oviedo trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Llanes to Oviedo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Oviedo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Taramundi.

Things to do in Oviedo

Historic Sites
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San Miguel de Lillo ©
San Miguel de Lillo
Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo ©
Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo
San Julian de los Prados ©
San Julian de los Prados

1
night
Taramundi, Spain

Taramundi ©
Taramundi is a municipality in the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Antonio Diaz Bermudez, see the interesting displays at Casa del Agua de Bres, then delve into the distant past at Conjunto Etnografico de Teixois, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Molinos Mazonovo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taramundi journey planner.

You can drive from Oviedo to Taramundi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Coruna.

Things to do in Taramundi

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Molinos Mazonovo ©
Museo Molinos Mazonovo
Casa del Agua de Bres ©
Casa del Agua de Bres
Antonio Diaz Bermudez ©
Antonio Diaz Bermudez

3
nights
La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna ©
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) and Muralla Romana de Lugo. Get outdoors at Fervenza do Belelle and O Camino dos Faros. Get out of town with these interesting La Coruna side-trips: Playa de Vilarrube (in Valdovino), Castillo de Moeche (in Moeche) and Catedral de Lugo (in Lugo). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Monte de San Pedro, pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Domingo Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Faro de Punta Nariga.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Coruna trip planner .

Drive from Taramundi to La Coruna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in La Coruna, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in La Coruna

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lugo, Playa de Vilarrube, Fervenza do Belelle, Castillo de Moeche, Faro de Punta Nariga
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Fervenza do Belelle ©
Fervenza do Belelle
Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) ©
Muralla Romana de Lugo ©
Muralla Romana de Lugo

3
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Visit Faro de Fisterra and Castillo de San Carlos for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Rutas Fisterra and Church of Santa Maria la Real del Sar. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, and contemplate the long history of Enxebre.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Compostela attractions planner.

Santiago de Compostela is just a stone's throw from La Coruna. May in Santiago de Compostela sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fisterra
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Faro de Fisterra ©
Faro de Fisterra
Castillo de San Carlos ©
Castillo de San Carlos
Church of Santa Maria la Real del Sar ©

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the long history of La Muralla de Segovia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Segovia, then admire the landmark architecture of Alcazar de Segovia, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Galiana.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madrid travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in May, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia
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Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©

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