22 days in Spain, Aalst & Orleans Itinerary

22 days in Spain, Aalst & Orleans Itinerary

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Drive
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Aalst, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Orleans, France
— 2 nights
Fly to Biarritz, Bus to San Sebastian - Donostia
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santander, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gijon, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castropol, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive to Asturias Airport, Fly to Brussels Airport

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Aalst, Belgium

Aalst is a city and municipality on the Dender River, 19mi northwest from Brussels. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): grab your bike and head to Louis Paul Boon Bicycle Trail, then see some colorful creatures with Relax Divers Meise, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Dender Bicycle Trails. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Molsbroek and then identify plant and animal life at Heidebos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Aalst online travel route planner.

Brussels to Aalst is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Orleans.

Things to do in Aalst

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Orleans, France

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): grab your bike and head to Loire a Velo Cycle Path, then contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Orleans online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aalst to Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Visit La Concha Beach and Basque Coast Geopark for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Zurriola Beach. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of La calle 31 de agosto, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, and stop by Garrarte Dulces Artesanos.

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Getting from Orleans to San Sebastian - Donostia by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Orleans in July, San Sebastian - Donostia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Bilbao, Spain

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Escape the urban bustle at Urdaibai Bird Center and Anillo Verde. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basondo and Urkiola Natural Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Bermeo (San Juan de Gaztelugatxe & Hegaluze). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, stop by Casco Viejo, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, and stroll through El Balcon de Bizkaia.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bilbao trip planner.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

4
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Santander, Spain

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Step out of the city life by going to Peninsula of Magdalena and Playa de El Puntal. Bring the kids along to Playa Galizano and Playa Primera de El Sardinero. Explore Santander's surroundings by going to Cueva de Pozalagua (in Valle de Carranza), Playa de Candado (in Isla) and Cueva Covalanas (in Ramales de la Victoria). There's still lots to do: do sightseeing your way with Exploring Cantabria, identify plant and animal life at Urros de Liencres, hunt for treasures at Mercado de la Esperanza, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Matalenas.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Santander travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Bilbao to Santander by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in July, expect nights in Santander to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gijon.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Gijon, Spain

Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de San Lorenzo and Senda Poniente-El Rinconin. Kids will enjoy Senda el Rinconin-La Nora and Villaviciosa Estuary Interpretation Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Area Recreativa La Pesanca (in Riofabar), Desfiladero de Los Beyos (in Amieva) and Parque Natural de Ponga (in Ponga). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Club Deportivo Orca and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Del Sagrado Corazon.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gijon attractions planner.

Drive from Santander to Gijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Castropol.

Things to do in Gijon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Castropol, Spain

Castropol is a municipality in Asturias, Spain. Get in touch with nature at Paseo de Los Enamorados and Finca Galea. Relax by the water at As Catedrais Beach and Barayo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Molinos Mazonovo (in Taramundi), Ruta del Rio Ouro (in Fazouro) and Calypso Luarca (in Luarca). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva de la biosfera Oscos-Eo, stroll through Playa de Esteiro, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cioyo Waterfalls.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Castropol day trip website.

Traveling by car from Gijon to Castropol takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Castropol can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Castropol

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.