31 days in France, Spain & Northern Portugal Itinerary

31 days in France, Spain & Northern Portugal Itinerary

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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Bayeux, France

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux journey planning tool.

Phoenix, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in April, expect Bayeux to be much colder, temps between 58°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Montmartre and Île de la Cité. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Get in touch with nature at Promenade du Soleil and Parc du Mont Boron. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs and Cemetery of the Old Chateau. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, make a trip to Cimetiere Du Monastere, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get in touch with nature at Parc National des Calanques and Calanque d'En-Vau. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Panier and Palais Longchamp. Venture out of the city with trips to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Cassis (Cape Canaille, Trolib, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Calanque de Morgiou, and steep yourself in history at Palais du Pharo.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Delta del Llobregat and Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Born and Placa d'Espanya. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see La Playa de Sitges in Sitges, approximately Sitges away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc Guell, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Marseille to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Puerta de Bisagra and Catedral Primada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid journey planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Madrid, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Towers

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.
Get in touch with nature at El Tajo de Ronda and Paddock Paradise Ronda. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barrio Santa Cruz and Jewish Quarter (Juderia). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seville: Roman Bridge (in Ronda) and Historic Centre of Cordoba (in Cordoba). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza de España, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seville tour builder tool.

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seville, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Porto, Portugal

— 4 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Douro River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Cais da Ribeira. Change things up with a short trip to Falua Massage Studio in Povoa de Varzim (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Porto trip maker.

You can fly from Seville to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Porto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in May, things will get little chillier in Porto: highs are around 68°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
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.

Northern Portugal travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Wineries & Vineyards · Gift & Specialty Shops
Natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make northern Portugal one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations. Continuously populated for thousands of years, this verdant land features a lively coastline studded with dozens of modern resorts. Away from the ocean, the region transforms into a rolling countryside of small villages, vast national parks, lush vineyards, and World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites. Place the city of Porto at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's centuries-long history of outstanding wine production. Use the tourist-friendly city as your base, and devote some time to exploring the bucolic wine region stretching along the luxuriant banks of the Douro River.