31 days in Spain, Portugal & South of France Itinerary

31 days in Spain, Portugal & South of France Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 day
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Priego de Cordoba, Spain
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Iznajar, Spain
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Alhama de Granada, Spain
— 1 day
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Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
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Zahara de la Sierra, Spain
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Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
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Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
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Cadiz, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Hendaye, France
— 1 day
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Marseille, France
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Naval Museum capture your imagination. Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid route builder site.

Milan, Italy to Madrid is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Milan, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Seville.

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Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll set off for Cordoba on the 29th (Fri).

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Cordoba, Spain

— 1 day

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palacio de la Merced, then admire the striking features of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then explore the world behind art at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Nicolas de Villa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba road trip tool.

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in July, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Priego de Cordoba.

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Priego de Cordoba, Spain

Priego de Córdoba is a town and municipality of Andalucia Spain in the extreme southeastern portion of the province of Córdoba, near the headwater of the Guadajoz River, and on the northern slope of the Sierra de Priego. To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Priego de Cordoba trip tool.

You can drive from Cordoba to Priego de Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cordoba in July, things will get slightly colder in Priego de Cordoba: highs are around 41°C and lows about 19°C. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to Iznajar.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Iznajar, Spain

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Iznajar day trip planning site.

You can drive from Priego de Cordoba to Iznajar in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Iznajar can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to Granada.

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Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): examine the collection at Palacio de los Olvidados, contemplate the long history of Court of the Lions, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Granada online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Iznajar to Granada in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Iznajar in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Granada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Alhama de Granada.

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Alhama de Granada, Spain

— 1 day
Alhama de Granada is a town in the province of Granada, approx. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Carmen and then examine the collection at Centro DE Interpretacion Alhama DE Granada.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alhama de Granada day trip planning site.

You can drive from Granada to Alhama de Granada in an hour. Traveling from Granada in July, Alhama de Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

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Historic Sites · Museums
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Ronda, Spain

— 1 night

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Alhama de Granada to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Zahara de la Sierra.

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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Zahara de la Sierra, Spain

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Zahara de la Sierra.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zahara de la Sierra trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Zahara de la Sierra takes an hour. August in Zahara de la Sierra sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arcos de la Frontera.
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Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera is a town and municipality in the Sierra de Cádiz comarca, province of Cádiz, in Andalusia, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Casa Ordonez and then make a trip to Arcos de la Frontera.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arcos de la Frontera vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Zahara de la Sierra to Arcos de la Frontera in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Arcos de la Frontera are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Jerez De La Frontera.

Things to do in Arcos de la Frontera

Historic Sites

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Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

Sherry Capital of the World

A culturally and historically rich city, Jerez de la Frontera is known around the world for the production of Spanish sherry.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about winemaking at Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jerez De La Frontera tour builder.

Jerez De La Frontera is just a short distance from Arcos de la Frontera. In August, daily temperatures in Jerez De La Frontera can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cadiz.

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Cadiz, Spain

— 1 night
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cadiz online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jerez De La Frontera to Cadiz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Jerez De La Frontera in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cadiz: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 2nd (Tue), you're off to Seville.

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Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

Casa Palacio de Las Duenas and Hospital de los Venerables will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Archaeological Ensemble of Italica and Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. See even more of Seville: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Jose, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seville online vacation maker.

You can drive from Cadiz to Seville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cadiz in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Seville, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Lagos, Portugal

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Praia dos Aveiros. Relax by the water at Vau Beach and Praia de Alvor. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Albufeira (Praia de Santa Eulalia, Safaris, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Praia da Batata, kick back and relax at Tres Castelos Beach, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos holiday website.

You can drive from Seville to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Seville to Lagos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seville in August, plan for little chillier days in Lagos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Feathers & Scales, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Roque. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at National Palace of Queluz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker website.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Porto.

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Side Trips

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Porto, Portugal

— 1 night

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, then examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Matosinhos Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip website.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, Porto is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Porto

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, then examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Troya, and then appreciate the history behind As Duas Marias.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela trip planner.

You can drive from Porto to Santiago de Compostela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bilbao.

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Bilbao, Spain

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Diputacion, and then get to know the fascinating history of Bilbao, Spain.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Bilbao. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): snap pictures at Zurriolako zubia.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip planner.

Drive from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hendaye.
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Hendaye, France

— 1 day
Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. On the 13th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Basque and then explore the activities along Baie de Txingudi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hendaye trip planner.

Hendaye is just a stone's throw from San Sebastian - Donostia. In August in Hendaye, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Toulouse.

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Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Toulouse, France

— 1 night

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.
To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Toulouse trip planner.

Drive from Hendaye to Toulouse in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Hendaye in August, you will find days in Toulouse are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 14th (Sun), you're off to Montpellier.

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Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, then see the interesting displays at Les Trains du Colorado, and then steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Le Mistral, enjoy the sand and surf at Petit Travers Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Grand Travers, then get outside with La Plage des Alizes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip builder site.

You can drive from Toulouse to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Avignon, France

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon, admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then don't miss a visit to Les Antiques, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Feodal de Chateaurenard. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint Pierre, trek along Parcours de L'Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Avignon journey maker app.

Getting from Montpellier to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Avignon, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Halle aux Grains, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence travel route builder tool.

Drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get outside with Archipel Loisirs Nautique, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Circuit Pedestre Souvenirs d'Enfance, learn about all things military at Museum of the Foreign Legion, then head outdoors with Calanque d'En-Vau, then get outside with Visite des Calanques, and finally explore the striking landscape at Calanque de Callelongue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Transportation

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Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Place Garibaldi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La cité médiévale and Vieille Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin & Cabanon de Le Corbusier). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, enjoy the sand and surf at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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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.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.