22 days in France & Spain Itinerary

22 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
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Loarre, Spain
— 2 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Limoges, France
— 4 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
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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.
Visit Montjuic Castle and Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares) and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. Change things up with a short trip to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Montserrat (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Poble Espanyol, have fun and explore at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, and take in the pleasant sights at Passeig de Gracia.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Barcelona road trip planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Barcelona. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in June; daily highs in Barcelona reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 27th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, then contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, and finally get curious at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Valencia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Valencia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to El Tubo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zaragoza itinerary planning site.

Getting from Valencia to Zaragoza by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Zaragoza, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Loarre.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Loarre, Spain

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Sat), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Dibujo Julio Gavin-Castillo de Larres, then see the interesting displays at Ciudadela de Jaca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Montearagon.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Loarre trip planning tool.

Getting from Zaragoza to Loarre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zaragoza in June; daily highs in Loarre reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. You will leave for Pamplona on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Loarre

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de Leyre. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pamplona, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then stroll around Parque de La Taconera, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pamplona journey builder site.

You can drive from Loarre to Pamplona in 2 hours. In July in Pamplona, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bilbao.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and then explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bilbao road trip site.

Traveling by car from Pamplona to Bilbao takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Pamplona, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bilbao, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux day trip app.

Drive from Bilbao to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Limoges.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites

Limoges, France

— 4 nights

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.
Oradour-sur-Glane and Chateau de Commarque will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lascaux Caves 4 and Lascaux II. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Limoges: Tursac (Prehistoparc & The Maison Forte de Reignac), Chateau de Hautefort (in Hautefort) and Eglise Abbatiale Saint Sour (in Terrasson-Lavilledieu). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Limoges travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Limoges takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bordeaux in July: highs in Limoges hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of natural History, engage your brain at Aeroscopia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Limoges to Toulouse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Limoges, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Toulouse, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the striking features of Palau Guell and then make a trip to Casa Batllo.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planning website.

You can drive from Toulouse to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Spain travel guide

4.5
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.