26 days in Spain, Lyon & Occitanie Itinerary

26 days in Spain, Lyon & Occitanie Itinerary

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26 days in Spain, Lyon & Occitanie Itinerary

Start: Lyon, France
1
Lyon, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Puigcerda, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Altafulla, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Sagunto, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Cartagena, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Roquetas de Mar, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Benalmadena, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
13
Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
14
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + tram:  4​h 30​min
End: Lyon, France

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night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): wander the streets of Croix-Rousse.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon holiday planning tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Chambéry-Savoie Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Golf Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Croix-Rousse ©
Croix-Rousse

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Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then don't miss a visit to Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Carcassonne Center takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de La Barceloneta and Montgat Beach. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogatell Beach, make a trip to Las Ramblas, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Barcelona by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Puigcerda.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Montgat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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Puigcerda, Spain

Puigcerda ©
On the 18th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo-Vieja Farmacia, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Seu d'Urgell Cathedral, and then tee off at Aravell Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Campanario de Santa Maria and then fly down the slopes at La Molina.

Planning Puigcerda trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Barcelona to Puigcerda in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Altafulla.

Things to do in Puigcerda

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Museo-Vieja Farmacia, Aravell Golf, La Seu d'Urgell Cathedral, La Molina
Highlights from your plan
La Molina ©
La Molina
La Seu d'Urgell Cathedral ©
La Seu d'Urgell Cathedral
Campanario de Santa Maria ©
Campanario de Santa Maria

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Altafulla, Spain

Altafulla ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Pineda and then cool off at Aquopolis Costa Dorada.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Altafulla trip planner .

Getting from Puigcerda to Altafulla by car takes about 2.5 hours. July in Altafulla sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Altafulla

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

La Pineda
Highlights from your plan
Aquopolis Costa Dorada ©
Aquopolis Costa Dorada
Playa de la Pineda ©
Playa de la Pineda

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Altafulla to Valencia in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Valencia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sagunto.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

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Sagunto, Spain

Sagunto ©
Sagunto is a town in Eastern Spain, in the modern fertile comarca of Camp de Morvedre in the province of Valencia. On the 22nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museu Històric de Sagunt, then delve into the distant past at Sagunto Castle, and then make a trip to Horno Alto. Patrimonio Industrial Visitable.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sagunto trip itinerary planner.

Sagunto is very close to Valencia. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Sagunto

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museu Històric de Sagunt ©
Museu Històric de Sagunt
Sagunto Castle ©
Sagunto Castle

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night
Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Del Teatro Romano, wander the streets of Calle Mayor, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Calblanque.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sagunto to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cartagena are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Roquetas de Mar.

Things to do in Cartagena

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano

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nights
Roquetas de Mar, Spain

Roquetas de Mar ©
Roquetas de Mar is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalucía, Spain. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Serena Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa de Aguadulce.

Discover how to plan a Roquetas de Mar trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Roquetas de Mar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Roquetas de Mar are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Benalmadena.

Things to do in Roquetas de Mar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Almeria
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Aguadulce ©
Playa de Aguadulce
Serena Beach ©
Serena Beach
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba ©
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba

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night
Benalmadena, Spain

Benalmadena ©
Stretching from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range to the Mediterranean ocean, Benalmádena offers all the highlights of southern Spain: traditional whitewashed villages, beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, and strong Andalusian influence.
On the 25th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Alcazaba.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Benalmadena sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Roquetas de Mar to Benalmadena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Benalmadena

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Torremolinos, Alcazaba
Highlights from your plan
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Playa El Bajondillo ©
Playa El Bajondillo
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, then appreciate the history behind Royal Chapel of Granada, and then wander the streets of Albayzin.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Benalmadena to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Benalmadena in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Granada: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Playa del Alberche and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, walk around Parque del Retiro, and then make a short side trip with The Madrid Wine Experience.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Madrid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Madrid are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pamplona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Playa del Alberche
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Gay Madrid & the Chueca District ©
Gay Madrid & the Chueca District

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Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona ©
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 30th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sendaviva, then make a trip to Plaza del Castillo, and then learn about all things military at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pamplona trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Madrid to Pamplona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Madrid in July; daily highs in Pamplona reach 34°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Logrono, Palacio Real de Olite, Sendaviva, Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Real de Olite ©
Palacio Real de Olite
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate ©
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate
Bodegas Franco Espanolas ©
Bodegas Franco Espanolas

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of Casco Viejo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ondarreta Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zurriola Beach, wander the streets of Parte Vieja, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Pamplona to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Pamplona in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Sebastian - Donostia, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Casco Viejo
Highlights from your plan
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach

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