20 days in Spain & France Itinerary

20 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
— 1 night
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Perpignan, France
— 1 night
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Altea, Spain
— 7 nights
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Gaucin, Spain
— 7 nights
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Caceres, Spain
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France

— 1 night
Chalon-sur-Saône is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.It is a sub-prefecture of the department. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Vincent and then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Philibert.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Chalon-sur-Saone trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Chalon-sur-Saone is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Brussels in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chalon-sur-Saone: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Perpignan.

Things to do in Chalon-sur-Saone

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Perpignan, France

— 1 night
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. On the 3rd (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, and then do a tasting at Domaine Boudau.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Perpignan online route builder.

Getting from Chalon-sur-Saone to Perpignan by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, Perpignan is somewhat warmer than Chalon-sur-Saone - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Altea.

Things to do in Perpignan

Wineries · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Altea, Spain

— 7 nights
Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, north of Alicante on the section of Mediterranean coast called the Costa Blanca.At present, the economy of Altea is based on tourism, which started to grow in the 1950s because of its good weather, beaches and the labyrinthine streets with whitewashed house-fronts that characterize the town. Step out of the city life by going to Altea Beach and Playa del Arenal. For shopping fun, head to Portal de la Marina or Altea Market. Get out of town with these interesting Altea side-trips: El Castell de Guadalest (in Guadalest) and Playa Gandia (in Playa de Gandia). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Peñón de Ifac Natural Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Fuentes del Algar, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Levante o la Fossa, and take in the waterfront at Promenade of Calpe.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Altea travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Perpignan to Altea. In September, daily temperatures in Altea can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gaucin.

Things to do in Altea

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gaucin, Spain

— 7 nights
Gaucín is a town and municipality located in the mountains of Andalusia in the province of Málaga in southern Spain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cezar Vinedos y Bodega S.L. and Banos de la Hedionda. Get outdoors at El Hacho and GoFun Costadelsol. Venture out of the city with trips to Cueva de la Pileta (in Benaojan) and Dona Julia Golf Club (in Casares). There's still lots to do: stop by Lanas del Rio, play a few rounds at Finca Cortesin Golf Club, explore the different monuments and memorials at Casares Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of La Encarnacion.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gaucin trip tool.

Traveling by car from Altea to Gaucin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will leave for Caceres on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Gaucin

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Caceres, Spain

— 1 night
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Caceres online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gaucin to Caceres takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Gaucin, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Caceres, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 19°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nightlife

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

— 1 night

Green Capital of Spain

The capital of the Basque country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a medieval city with lively suburbs and a traditional but elegant urban feel.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anillo Verde.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vitoria-Gasteiz trip builder site.

Getting from Caceres to Vitoria-Gasteiz by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Caceres in September, expect Vitoria-Gasteiz to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 12°C. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Limoges.

Things to do in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Limoges, France

— 1 night

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Limoges online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Limoges takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Vitoria-Gasteiz in September: highs in Limoges hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will leave for home on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.