17 days in Spain, Montpellier & Marseille Itinerary

17 days in Spain, Montpellier & Marseille Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Bunker del Carmel and Fishing Charters & Tours. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take a leisurely stroll along Port Vell, and get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip builder.

Tijuana, Mexico to Barcelona is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tijuana to Barcelona is 9 hours. Traveling from Tijuana in December, things will get a bit cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Pamplona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Pamplona, Spain

— 2 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. On the 25th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Alto del Perdon, see the interesting displays at Galerias Medievales, then make a trip to Palacio Real de Olite, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Vino. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Arazuri, see the interesting displays at Fundacion-Museo Oteiza, then admire the striking features of Catedral de Pamplona, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pamplona trip planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Pamplona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Pamplona to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Palacio de la Aljaferia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Engracia Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de la Resurreccion, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo del Fuego y de los Bomberos and then pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zaragoza itinerary tool.

Drive from Pamplona to Zaragoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Zaragoza can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Museums

Valencia, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti and Centro de Interpretacion de Sagunto. Get some historical perspective at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir and Plaza de la Virgen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valencia: The Via Verde Green Route (in Benicasim) and Castell de Xativa (in Xativa). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, see the interesting displays at Museu Faller de Valencia, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, and stop by Barrio del Carmen.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Valencia trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zaragoza to Valencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Zaragoza in December, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Montpellier, France

— 1 night
"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 1st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Musee du Vieux Montpellier, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and finally contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip website.

Drive from Valencia to Montpellier in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Valencia in January: highs in Montpellier hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais Longchamp and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Vallon des Auffes. Change things up with a short trip to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille vacation site.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.