51 days in France & Spain Itinerary

51 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Cahors, France
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour, France
— 2 nights
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Millau, France
— 2 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
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Villefranche-de-Conflent, France
— 2 nights
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Arreau, France
— 6 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 9 nights
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Saint-Lanne, France
— 5 nights
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Larrau, France
— 2 nights
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Jaca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ainsa, Spain
— 3 nights
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Tudela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Santona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Bayonne, France
— 3 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Village Medieval de Lautrec, Grotte de Niaux and Parc de la Prehistoire. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Village Medieval de Lautrec and then get engrossed in the history at Parc de la Prehistoire. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin and then make a trip to Grotte de Niaux.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Toulouse travel app.

Berlin, Germany to Toulouse is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. August in Toulouse sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cahors.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Cahors, France

— 2 nights
Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors is a lovely medieval peninsular town located in the heart of the red wine country.
On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Plage aux Pterosaures, snap pictures at Pont Valentre, don't miss a visit to Maison de l'eau et Fontaine des Chartreux, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Resistance de la Deportation et de la Liberation du Departement du Lot, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Artisanale Ratz.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahors trip planner.

Drive from Toulouse to Cahors in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cahors when traveling from Toulouse in August, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Cahors

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Rocamadour, France

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur, make a trip to Eglise Saint-Pierre, then admire the striking features of Abbatiale Saint-Pierre, then Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, and finally contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Cascade d'Autoire, see the interesting displays at Atelier - Musee Jean Lurcat, then head outdoors with Les Grottes de Presque, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, and finally identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour road trip site.

Getting from Cahors to Rocamadour by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Millau, France

— 2 nights

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
On the 22nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Millau, then identify plant and animal life at La Cite de Pierres - Montpellier-le-Vieux, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Melac, and finally snap pictures at Viaduc de Millau. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of St. Eulalie de Cernon, then don't miss a visit to Les Fortifications de La Cavalerie, then identify plant and animal life at La Maison des Vautours, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Peyrelade.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Millau trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Millau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rocamadour in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Millau, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Millau

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Argeles-sur-Mer, France

— 2 nights
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Luna Park, identify plant and animal life at Sentier du Littoral, explore the landscape on two wheels at La Voie Verte de L'Agly, then witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses, and finally examine the collection at Musee de l'art roman. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Plage du Racou, steep yourself in history at Maternite Suisse, get your game on at Ludo Loisirs, then make a splash at DROP IN Water Jump Parc, and finally get your game on at Tropical Golf.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Argeles-sur-Mer journey planning website.

You can drive from Millau to Argeles-sur-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Millau in August: high temperatures in Argeles-sur-Mer hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Villefranche-de-Conflent.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Villefranche-de-Conflent, France

— 2 nights
Villefranche-de-Conflent is historically a town in the Conflent region of Catalonia, and now a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyLocalityVillefranche-de-Conflent is located in the canton of Les Pyrénées catalanes and in the arrondissement of Prades.The town's confined site, at about 440 m above sea level, is relatively level ground surrounded by the northeast-flowing river Têt (on the town's west and north), the Cady, which flows north to empty into the Têt (on the east), and a peak (at nearly 800 m), less than 800 m away (on the south).TransportRoadsThe N116 from Perpignan on the Mediterranean passes, as a two-lane highway, between the southern town wall and an embankment cut into the high ground to the south; this route continues west into the adjacent Cerdagne region.Train The town's train station starts and ends the route of the scenic Yellow train. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, then Head underground at Grotte des Canalettes, then admire the landmark architecture of Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Evol, get outside with Gorges de Caranca, then head outdoors with Cova Bastera, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Liberia.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Villefranche-de-Conflent trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Villefranche-de-Conflent in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arreau.

Things to do in Villefranche-de-Conflent

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Arreau, France

— 6 nights
Arreau is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France.It is situated on the former Route nationale 618, the Route of the Pyrénées. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pic Du Midi and Maison du Parc national des Pyrenees de Saint-Lary Soulan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees and Randonnees au Depart de l'Hospice de France. Venture out of the city with trips to Grottes de Gargas (in Aventignan), Chateau de Mauvezin (in Mauvezin) and Cirque de Troumouse (in Gedre). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to La Maison du Randonneur, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre D'Esparros, trek along Pays de l'Ours - ADET, and admire the sheer force of Cirque de Gavarnie.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Arreau trip builder site.

You can drive from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Arreau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Arreau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:

Lourdes, France

— 9 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Popular historic sites such as Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and Basilique Saint-Pie X are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. Explore Lourdes' surroundings by going to Cauterets (Chemin des Cascades & Acumpanyat bureau montagne), Fort Du Portalet (in Urdos) and Eglise Saint Girons de Monein (in Monein). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, steep yourself in history at Le Cachot, get engrossed in the history at Musee Sainte-Bernadette, and see the interesting displays at Musee de Lourdes.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lourdes trip planner.

You can drive from Arreau to Lourdes in 1.5 hours. In September in Lourdes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Lanne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 11:

Saint-Lanne, France

— 5 nights
Get outdoors at Parc aux Rapaces - Fauconnerie Marche - Madiran and La Pecherie d'Aurit. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Montaner and chateau de Mascaraas-Haron. Step out of Saint-Lanne to go to Morlanne and see Chateau de Morlanne, which is approximately 50 minutes away.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Lanne trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Lourdes to Saint-Lanne by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Saint-Lanne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Larrau.

Things to do in Saint-Lanne

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

Larrau, France

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Train d'Artouste as well as Passerelle d'Holzarte. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then get interesting insight from Train d'Artouste, and then take in the views from Passerelle d'Holzarte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): head outdoors with Les Gorges de Kakuetta, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Sainte Engrace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastere de saint Norbert., then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Espace Chemins Bideak.

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Getting from Saint-Lanne to Larrau by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Jaca.

Things to do in Larrau

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Jaca, Spain

— 2 nights
Jaca is a city of northeastern Spain in the province of Huesca, located near the Pyrenees and the border with France. On the 19th (Sat), stroll around Selva de Oza, pause for some serene contemplation at Ermita de San Adrian de Sasabe, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Dibujo Julio Gavin-Castillo de Larres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, brush up on your military savvy at Ciudadela De Jaca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Jaca, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Angel Orensanz y Artes de Serrablo.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaca online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Larrau to Jaca takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ainsa.

Things to do in Jaca

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Ainsa, Spain

— 3 nights
Aínsa is the main town in the Aínsa-Sobrarbe municipal term, Aragon, Spain.It is located south of the Pyrenees, in a geologically interesting setting. On the 21st (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Embalse de Linsoles, hike along Benasque Cerler Anciles, then get outside with Forau de Aigualluts, and finally hike along Circuito de las Ermitas de Tella. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria, trek along Ruta del Portillon de Benasque, hike along Gorgas de Alba, then steep yourself in history at Sant Joan de Boi, then steep yourself in history at Sant Joan de Boi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia Romanica Sant Feliu De Barruera.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ainsa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Jaca to Ainsa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tudela.

Things to do in Ainsa

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Tudela, Spain

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Maria de Tudela. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Bardenas Reales, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Fitero, examine the collection at Palacio de los Condes de Bureta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Veruela, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pozo de los Aines.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tudela trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ainsa to Tudela in 3 hours. In September in Tudela, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamplona.

Things to do in Tudela

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Pamplona, Spain

— 3 nights
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue and Iglesia de San Nicolas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cerco de Artajona and Iglesia de San Pedro de la Rua. Change things up with these side-trips from Pamplona: Ruinas de San Pedro (in Viana), Iglesia de San Esteban (in Sos del Rey Catolico) and Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real (in Olite). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Saturnino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Bartolome, learn about all things military at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona, and make a trip to Portal de Francia.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Pamplona day trip app.

Drive from Tudela to Pamplona in 1.5 hours. September in Pamplona sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Santona.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Santona, Spain

— 3 nights
Santoña is a town in the eastern coast of the autonomous community of Cantabria, on the north coast of Spain. Museo de Coches Clasicos y Antiguos Torre Loizaga and La Encartada Fabrika Museoa will appeal to museum buffs. Cuevas Hornos De La Pena and Fuerte de San Martin will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Santona side-trips: Ermita de San Pantaleon de Losa (in San Pantaleon de Losa), Santa Eulalia de Boveda (in Boveda) and Cueva El Pendo (in Escobedo de Camargo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa De Berria, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria del Puerto, explore the activities along Nacimiento del Rio Ason, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Antuerta.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Santona trip planner.

Getting from Pamplona to Santona by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Pamplona, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santona, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bayonne.

Things to do in Santona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Bayonne, France

— 3 nights
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa Arnaga and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some historical perspective at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. Get out of town with these interesting Bayonne side-trips: La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne (in Urrugne), Arteka (in Bidarray) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hendaye). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque), stop by Chocolaterie- Pralinerie Didier Gaborit, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique, and shop like a local with Spacejunk.

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You can drive from Santona to Bayonne in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayonne

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

France travel guide

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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.

Pyrenees-Orientales travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Room Escape Games

Hautes-Pyrenees travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Spas · Bodies of Water

Pyrenees-Atlantiques travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Room Escape Games · Aquariums
Pyrénées-Atlantiques is Basque Country set against the backdrop of the Pyrénées Mountains along the Atlantic coast where hiking, mountain biking, climbing, paragliding, rafting, surfing, fishing, and winter skiing flourish. This department in the Aquitaine region flourishes as a sunny holiday destination, offering sheltered beaches for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing, hiking in huge forests such as the Irati, and treks along the lush green valleys of the Adour and Bidasoa. Take in breathtaking scenery while sightseeing along the Corniche Road, a coastal path with interesting geology, botany, and fishing. Diverse restaurants serve local cuisine, such as Bayonne ham and cabbage soup, as well as local Irouleguy or Jurançon wine.

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.

Navarra travel guide

4.2
Castles · Room Escape Games · Landmarks
Today known predominately for its internationally acclaimed wine production, Navarra is also home to the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona. Less well known is its portion of the St. James’ Way, in the southwest, along which monasteries, chapels, and quaint villages welcome travelers on this pilgrimage walk. Bordered to the north by the Pyrenees mountain range, Navarra boasts an attractive combination of forested peaks and lush valleys ideal for outdoor activity. As the capital city, Pamplona is the region’s cultural hub.

Cantabria travel guide

4.1
A region rich in archeological attractions, Cantabria is perhaps best known for Altamira cave, often called the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art." A land of lush vegetation and colorful artistic heritage, it’s also home to numerous nature reserves, mountain valleys, and short but very rapid rivers. Offering a little of everything, its sandy beaches and modern seaside resorts have brought about a boom in international tourism. Deeper inland, quiet country roads and an extensive network of trails offer a chance for leisurely sightseeing in this rugged region on foot, or by car or bicycle.