42 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

42 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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42 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

Start: Seville, Spain
1
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lagos, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Gijon, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
8
Bourges, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Rennes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
11
Paris, France
— 5 nights
End: Paris, France

5
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.
Visit Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Duenas and Hospital de los Venerables. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seville: Cordoba (San Miguel Church, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, & more) and Castillo de Almodovar (in Almodovar del Rio). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Triunfo, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Sevilla Airport, Jerez Airport and Málaga Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Cordoba, Castillo de Almodovar, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

5
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Popular historic sites such as Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio) and Arc of Sao Goncalo are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Ponta Da Piedale and Praia Da Rocha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Vila Nova de Milfontes (Praia do Malhao & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa) and Praia do Beliche (in Sagres). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Amado Beach, and stop by Mar d'Estorias.

Plan trip to Lagos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Seville to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Seville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lagos, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Milfontes, Praia do Beliche, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Amado Beach, Praia Da Rocha
Highlights from your plan
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

5
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 Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Igreja de Sao Roque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Convent of Christ (in Tomar), Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Park and National Palace of Pena) and Batalha Monastery (in Batalha). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Lisbon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, Batalha Monastery, Convent of Christ, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga, and finally explore the historical opulence of Paco dos Duques de Braganca. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, and finally snap pictures at Porto Bridge Climb.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Porto online trip builder .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for little chillier days in Porto, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gijon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Se de Braga
Highlights from your plan
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

2
nights
Gijon, Spain

Gijon ©
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria de Luanco, enjoy the sea views from Faro de Cabo Penas, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Maritimo de Asturias, ride a horse along Via Verde la Camocha, then take in the waterfront at Senda Poniente-El Rinconin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Del Sagrado Corazon. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril, look for gifts at La Plaza. El Mercado de Aviles, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Cabo Vidio, then take some stellar pictures from Ermita de la Regalina, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cabo Vidio.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gijon holiday builder .

You can drive from Porto to Gijon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Porto to Gijon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Porto in July, plan for little chillier days in Gijon, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Madrid.

Things to do in Gijon

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cudillero, Luanco, Ermita de la Regalina, Faro de Cabo Penas, La Plaza. El Mercado de Aviles
Highlights from your plan
Cabo Vidio ©
Cabo Vidio
Faro de Cabo Penas ©
Faro de Cabo Penas
Museo Maritimo de Asturias ©
Museo Maritimo de Asturias

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral de Segovia for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Cava Baja Gallery or Barrio de Salamanca. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Alcazar de Segovia (in Segovia), Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes & MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo) and Avila (The Walls of Avila, Cathedral of Avila, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planner.

Getting from Gijon to Madrid by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Gijon in July, you will find days in Madrid are much warmer (40°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then admire the striking features of Église Notre-Dame, and finally make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale). Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Port of the Moon, then stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), then pause for some serene contemplation at La Fleche Saint-Michel, and finally do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Bordeaux is a bit cooler than Madrid - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bourges.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Chateau Cantenac, Chateau de Reignac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac

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nights
Bourges, France

Bourges ©
For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musee des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Bonnet, then examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation du Cher, then learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Meillant, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Barbe.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bourges day trip planning tool .

Getting from Bordeaux to Bourges by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Bourges are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Meillant, Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Chateau de Meillant ©
Chateau de Meillant
Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil ©
Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil

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Rennes, France

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jaconins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum), then examine the collection at Espace des Sciences, and finally see the interesting displays at Les Champs Libres. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parc du Thabor, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Germain de Rennes, admire the natural beauty at Palais Saint-Georges, then make a trip to Place de la Mairie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally don't miss a visit to Portes Mordelaises.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rennes itinerary planner.

Getting from Bourges to Rennes by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Rennes sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rennes

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Les Champs Libres ©
Les Champs Libres
Espace des Sciences ©
Espace des Sciences

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nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get outdoors at Omaha Beach and Le Havre de Portbail. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pointe du Hoc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain), Eglise de l’Etanville (in Grandcamp-Maisy) and German War Cemetery (in Orglandes). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, stop by La Maison du Biscuit, and pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rennes to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Caen, Ranville, Arromanches-les-Bains, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Coutances
Highlights from your plan
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Army Museum and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Versailles, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Fontainebleau
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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