25 days in Spain, Dordogne & Saint-Malo Itinerary

25 days in Spain, Dordogne & Saint-Malo Itinerary

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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 4 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Cangas de Onis, Spain
— 3 nights
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Tazones, Spain
— 1 night
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Gijon, Spain
— 3 nights
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Ferrol, Spain
— 2 nights
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Saint-Malo, France
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Abri de Cap Blanc and Les Combarelles. Kids will enjoy etang de Tamnies and Le Conquil. Venture out of the city with trips to The Romanesque Church (in Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere), Le Bugue (Grotte Bara Bahau & Les Sangliers de Mortemart) and Forteresse de Miremont (in Mauzens-et-Miremont). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at La Foret des Ecureuils, experience rural life at La Ferme de Turnac, Head underground at Les Abris prehistoriques de Laugerie Basse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planner.

The Hague, The Netherlands to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from The Hague in August, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ermita de San Telmo and Santa Clara Island. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa de Itzurun and Calle San Pedro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Sebastian - Donostia: Getaria (Iglesia de San Salvador & Monte San Anton), Playa de Deba (in Deba) and Ekainberri (in Zestoa). The adventure continues: get curious at Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, snap pictures at Maria Kristina Zubia, stroll around Alderdi Eder parkea, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Guipuzkoa.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia trip planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to San Sebastian - Donostia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, expect nights in San Sebastian - Donostia to be somewhat warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cangas de Onis.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cangas de Onis, Spain

— 3 nights
Cangas de Onís is a municipality in the eastern part of the province and autonomous community of Asturias in the northwest of Spain. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de Torimbia and Playa de Poo. Kids will enjoy Monumento Natural de las Sequoias del Monte Cabezon, and Comillas' Beach. Explore Cangas de Onis' surroundings by going to Playa de San Martin (in Celorio), Playa de Andrin (in Andrin) and Llanes (Playa de la Ballota, Playa de Toro, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cueva de Tito Bustillo, explore the historical opulence of Capilla-Panteon, don't miss a visit to Centro de Arte Rupestre Tito Bustillo, and take in the views from La Maza Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cangas de Onis driving holiday website.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Cangas de Onis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Cangas de Onis, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Tazones.

Things to do in Cangas de Onis

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tazones, Spain

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Casa de las Conchas, then steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Salvador, then enjoy the sea views from Faro de Tazones, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tazones route maker website.

You can drive from Cangas de Onis to Tazones in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gijon.

Things to do in Tazones

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gijon, Spain

— 3 nights
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio de Cimadevilla and Mirador parque de La Providencia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cabo de Penas and Monumento a la Madre del emigrante. Change things up with these side-trips from Gijon: Playa de Salinas (in Salinas), Iglesia de Santa Maria de Luanco (in Luanco) and Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari Aviles (in Aviles). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Termas Romanas de Campo Valdes, examine the collection at Fundacion Museo Evaristo Valle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Del Sagrado Corazon, and grab your bike and head to Senda el Rinconin-La Nora.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gijon visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Tazones to Gijon takes an hour. August in Gijon sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ferrol.

Things to do in Gijon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ferrol, Spain

— 2 nights
Ferrol, is a city in the Province of A Coruña in Galicia, located on the Atlantic coast in north-western Spain. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Seselle, take in the waterfront activity at Paseo Maritimo Sada, take a stroll through Barrio Marinero de Fontan, then kick back and relax at Praia Grande de Mino, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Magdalena, Cabanas, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Redes. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa de Esmelle, get great views at Mirador Cabo Prior, kick back and relax at Playa de Santa Comba, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Monte Ventoso, then stroll through Playa de Chanteiro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Ferrol trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Gijon to Ferrol in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Ferrol can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Ferrol

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Piscinas naturales del Rio Pedras, snap pictures at Ponte Da Illa de Arousa, head outdoors with Mirador o Con Do Forno, then take in the waterfront at Porto do Xufre, and finally see what you can catch with Amare Turismo Nautico. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria la Real del Sar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, make a trip to Praza das Praterias, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Bieito do Campo, then don't miss a visit to Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Praza da Inmaculada.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santiago de Compostela road trip planner.

Getting from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mural "El Triunfo de Vitoria", take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, head outdoors with Parque Salburua, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Prudencio de Armentia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Maria Inmaculada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Vicente Mártir. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Cascada de El Penon, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Nervion, then make a trip to Mural al Hilo del Tiempo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Vitoria-Gasteiz trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Santiago de Compostela to Vitoria-Gasteiz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Santiago de Compostela in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Vitoria-Gasteiz, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Malo, France

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Longchamps Beach, identify plant and animal life at Pointe du Decolle, admire the masterpieces at Manoli, Musee et Jardin de Sculptures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Lehon, then delve into the distant past at Chateau Fort de Lehon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Dinan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stroll around Parc de Port Breton, head outdoors with Pointe de la Malouine, steep yourself in history at Villa les Roches Brunes, kick back and relax at Plage de Saint-Enogat, then make a trip to Le Fort du Guesclin, and finally stroll around Malouiniere de la Ville-Bague.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Saint-Malo in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Vitoria-Gasteiz in August, you will find days in Saint-Malo are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.

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.

Asturias travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Room Escape Games
With a dramatic coastline of nearly 600 beaches, a rolling countryside of deep valleys, and sleepy villages that provide a rustic backdrop, a holiday in Asturias can be as varied as you like. Fiercely proud of its ties to an ancient Celtic culture, the local population considers its part of the country the "real" Spain--this region was the only part of the country never completely conquered by the Moors. In many ways, the modern Spanish state grew right out of this unconquerable land. Today, Asturias possesses a huge number of pre-medieval attractions, many dating as far back as the 7th century. Numerous historical attractions scattered across the region’s rural landscape are World Heritage Sites, well-preserved remnants of Spain’s early Christian heritage.

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.