24 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

24 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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24 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Funchal, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and La casa del semaforo y el cuartel de los carabineros. You'll explore and learn at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Barcelona is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Barcelona, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Barcelona to be much colder, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

La casa del semaforo y el cuartel de los carabineros
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): walk around Retiro Park, then examine the collection at Prado National Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 14th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla, and then see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cabo da Roca and Castelo de S. Jorge. For shopping fun, head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian or Chiado. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery and steep yourself in history at Belém Tower.

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You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seville in August, things will get slightly colder in Lisbon: highs are around 35°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Explore hidden gems such as Swim with Dolphins and Cabo Girao. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Faja do Rancho Beach and Lido Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Funchal: Church of Sao Pedro (in Ponta do Pargo), Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro and admire the natural beauty at Monte Palace Madeira.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Funchal trip planning website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Funchal in 4 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you will find days in Funchal are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Calheta, Camara De Lobos, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
Highlights from your plan
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 22nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Mindelo Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bom Jesus do Monte. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Celanus-Empresa de Turismo, SA, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in panoramic vistas at Clerigos Tower, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Porto online itinerary maker .

Getting from Funchal to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Funchal in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Porto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Celanus-Empresa de Turismo, SA, Bom Jesus do Monte, Mindelo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Paris is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
La Croisette and Fondation Maeght are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Plage de Sylvabelle and Escalet Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes), Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou) and La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Gabel.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Plage de Sylvabelle, Plage de Jean Blanc
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

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