28 days in France & Spain Itinerary

28 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Figueres, Spain
— 1 night
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Cadaques, Spain
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Nantes, France
— 1 night
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Rennes, France
— 2 nights
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Dinan, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Santander, Spain
— 2 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Parc Guell and Las Ramblas. Step out of Barcelona to go to Salou and see PortAventura, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and stop by El Barri Gòtic.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona route maker app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Barcelona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Barcelona. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in July, with highs in Barcelona at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Figueres.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

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Figueres, Spain

— 1 night
Figueres is the capital of the comarca of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí, and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself which attracts many visitors. On the 4th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castell de Sant Ferran, explore the ancient world of Ruins of Empuries, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly Park Empuriabrava.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Figueres trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Figueres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cadaques.

Things to do in Figueres

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Cadaques, Spain

— 2 nights
Cadaqués is a town in the Alt Empordà comarca, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cap de Creus National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Salvador Dali House and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cadaques trip builder.

Traveling by car from Figueres to Cadaques takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Cadaques

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Carcassonne, France

Medieval Heart of France

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.
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip website.

You can drive from Cadaques to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Cadaques in August, with lows around 19°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get curious at Cite de l'espace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse day trip planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nantes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Nantes, France

— 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 9th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Legendia Parc, get to know the resident critters at Planete Sauvage, and then take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nantes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Nantes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in August, expect Nantes to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rennes.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping

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Rennes, France

— 2 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Enigmaparc, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins de Broceliande, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Parlement de Bretagne, then stroll around Parc du Thabor, then make a trip to Centre Historique de Rennes, and finally admire the striking features of Mairie de Rennes.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rennes road trip planner.

Drive from Nantes to Rennes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rennes are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dinan.

Things to do in Rennes

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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Dinan, France

— 1 night
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Domaine de la Bourbansais and then get in on the family fun at Cobac Parc.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Dinan road trip planner.

You can drive from Rennes to Dinan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Dinan

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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Saint-Malo, France

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, observe the fascinating underwater world at Grand Aquarium, and then head outdoors with Avel Char.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo trip itinerary planning site.

Saint-Malo is just a short distance from Dinan. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Bring the kids along to Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online route planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August: highs in Bordeaux hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia online attractions planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santander.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Santander, Spain

— 2 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
On your second day here, admire the striking features of El Capricho de Gaudi, see the interesting displays at Museo de Altamira, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santander sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Santander takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Santander are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Zaragoza, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza and then pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Pilar, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zaragoza travel route planner.

Getting from Santander to Zaragoza by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santander in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zaragoza, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

On the 25th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and then examine the collection at Parc de Montjuic.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona route planner.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zaragoza in August, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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

4.3
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.