36 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

36 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Faro, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Etretat, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 day
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi and then take in nature's colorful creations at Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to PortAventura in Salou (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, stop by Las Ramblas, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planning tool.

Getting from Nice to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Madrid.
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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.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and walk around Casa de Campo.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: highs in Madrid hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de España. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Faro.
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Faro, Portugal — 1 night

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a splash at Aquashow Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Faro online journey planner.

Getting from Seville to Faro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Faro is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Seville in August, plan for slightly colder days in Faro, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, then kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lagos trip planner.

Drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and visit Alfama.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online route planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lisbon, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Coimbra (Jardim Botanico, University of Coimbra, &more). Dedicate the 29th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, stop by Livraria Lello, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the activities along Douro River.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: high temperatures in Porto hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Compostela.
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 2 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Botafumeiro, don't miss a visit to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, then make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de las Apariciones, then make a trip to Casco antiguo de Pontevedra, then don't miss a visit to Los Horreos de Combarro, and finally get engrossed in the history at Casa Historica de Cambados.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela online trip planner.

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 to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bilbao.
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Bilbao, Spain — 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 3rd (Sat), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then take in the views from Puente Zubizuri, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bilbao route maker site.

Getting from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bilbao are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris attractions planner.

You can fly from Bilbao to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bilbao in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.
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Etretat, France — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, appreciate the history behind Monument Nungesser et Coli, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins d'Etretat, then don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, and finally take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Etretat travel route site.

You can drive from Paris to Etretat in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 day

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon vacation tool.

You can drive from Etretat to Lyon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Etretat in September, you will find days in Lyon are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Enjoy Nice some more: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
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.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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