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
Drive:  2​h
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

3
nights
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 Basilique Saint-Pie X.. Get some historical perspective at Grotte de Massabielle and Fort Du Portalet. Step out of Lourdes with an excursion to Pont d'Espagne in Cauterets--about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees and take in the spiritual surroundings of SARL DU SANCTUAIRE.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lourdes tour itinerary 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Lourdes is 4 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Lourdes. 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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Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
Pont d'Espagne ©
Pont d'Espagne
Grotte de Massabielle ©
Grotte de Massabielle

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of Saint-Nazaire and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Visit Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Chateau de Termes (in Termes) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, & more). 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
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 Monasterio de Yuso and Engana Tunnel 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), San Sebastian - Donostia (Monte Urgull & Parte Vieja) and Ermita de Santa Maria de la Hoz (in Tobera). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of San Millan Suso Monastery, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Portilla, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao trip planning website .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Bilbao in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Llanes.

Things to do in Bilbao

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

San Millan de la Cogolla, San Sebastian - Donostia, Acantilados de Barrika, Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola, 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
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 Santa Cueva de Covadognga. Change things up with these side-trips from Llanes: El Capricho de Gaudi (in Comillas), Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra (in Asiego) and Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga (in Covadonga). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Niembro and get great views at Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Llanes trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bilbao to Llanes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in May, expect nights in Llanes to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time 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, Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra
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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
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

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

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 Muralla Romana de Lugo and Parroquia de Santiago. Get outdoors at Fervenza do Belelle and Playa de Vilarrube. Get out of town with these interesting La Coruna side-trips: Catedral de Lugo (in Lugo), Faro de Punta Nariga (in Malpica de Bergantinos) and Castillo de Moeche (in Moeche). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Monte de San Pedro, pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Domingo Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at O Camino dos Faros, and enjoy the sea views from Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Coruna route planner.

Traveling by car from Taramundi to La Coruna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in La Coruna sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in La Coruna

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lugo, Fervenza do Belelle, Playa de Vilarrube, Faro de Punta Nariga, Castillo de Moeche
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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
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 Rutas Fisterra for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Church of Santa Maria la Real del Sar and Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Step out of Santiago de Compostela to go to Fisterra and see Castillo de San Carlos, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, steep yourself in history at Enxebre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Bieito do Campo.

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, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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

3
nights
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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