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

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

3
days
Lourdes, France

Lourdes
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cirque de Gavarnie and Grotte de Massabielle. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Saint-Pie X. and SARL DU SANCTUAIRE. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lourdes: Fort Du Portalet (in Urdos) and Pont d'Espagne (in Cauterets). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees.

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 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, tram, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, 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

Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, Fort Du Portalet, Cirque de Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne
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Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
Pont d'Espagne ©
Pont d'Espagne
Grotte de Massabielle ©
Grotte de Massabielle

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of Saint-Nazaire and Cathar Castles. Visit Chateau de Peyrepertuse and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, & more) and Chateau de Termes (in Termes). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center route builder .

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bilbao.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Wineries

Side Trips

Albi, Chateau de Termes, Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Domaine Rose et Paul
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
Chateau de Peyrepertuse ©
Chateau de Peyrepertuse

5
days
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 Monasterio de Yuso and Castillo de Portilla are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Acantilados de Barrika. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola (in Valdelateja), Ermita de Santa Maria de la Hoz (in Tobera) and San Sebastian - Donostia (Monte Urgull & Parte Vieja). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of San Millan Suso Monastery, make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

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You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Bilbao in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Llanes.

Things to do in Bilbao

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

San Millan de la Cogolla, San Sebastian - Donostia, Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola, Ermita de Santa Maria de la Hoz, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Monasterio de Yuso ©
Monasterio de Yuso

3
days
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 Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra. Change things up with these side-trips from Llanes: El Capricho de Gaudi (in Comillas), Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes (in Poncebos) and Covadonga (Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga & Santa Cueva de Covadognga). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Niembro.

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, Covadonga, El Capricho de Gaudi, Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno
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Santuario De Covadonga ©
Santuario De Covadonga
Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra ©
Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra
Santa Cueva de Covadognga ©
Santa Cueva de Covadognga

1
day
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

1
day
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
Conjunto Etnografico de Teixois ©
Conjunto Etnografico de Teixois
Casa del Agua de Bres ©
Casa del Agua de Bres

3
days
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 Muralla Romana de Lugo and Catedral de Lugo. Get outdoors at Fervenza do Belelle and O Camino dos Faros. Get out of town with these interesting La Coruna side-trips: Castillo de Moeche (in Moeche), Playa de Vilarrube (in Valdovino) and Faro de Punta Nariga (in Malpica de Bergantinos). 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 don't miss a visit to Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules).

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, Fervenza do Belelle, Castillo de Moeche, Playa de Vilarrube, Faro de Punta Nariga
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Muralla Romana de Lugo ©
Muralla Romana de Lugo
Monte de San Pedro ©
Monte de San Pedro
Catedral de Lugo ©
Catedral de Lugo

3
days
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 Church of Santa Maria la Real del Sar for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Rutas Fisterra and Church of San Bieito do Campo. Step out of Santiago de Compostela to go to Fisterra and see Castillo de San Carlos, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, contemplate the long history of Enxebre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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Santiago de Compostela is just a short distance 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 time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Fisterra
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Faro de Fisterra ©
Faro de Fisterra
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela ©
Castillo de San Carlos ©
Castillo de San Carlos

2
days
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 31st (Thu), steep yourself in history at La Muralla de Segovia, then see the interesting displays at Catedral de Segovia, then learn about all things military at Alcazar de Segovia, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Santiago de Compostela in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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