23 days in Spain & France Itinerary

23 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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Salamanca, Spain
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Seville, Spain

— 3 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.
On the 20th (Mon), stop by Centro Historico de Sevilla and then steep yourself in history at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville and then make a trip to Plaza de America.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seville trip planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Seville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Marbella, Spain

— 2 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
You've now added Puerto Banus Marina to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, then visit Marbella Old Town, then get to know the fascinating history of Avenida del Mar, and finally take in the waterfront at Puerto Banus Marina. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral, examine the collection at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Malaga, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcazaba.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Marbella day trip site.

You can drive from Seville to Marbella in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marbella are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Marbella

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Archive Saint John of God Museum, examine the collection at Casa Museo Max Moreau, admire the masterpieces at Monasterio de la Concepcion, see the interesting displays at Casa de Zafra, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and finally steep yourself in history at Court of the Lions. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo de la Zambra Cueva de Curro, see the interesting displays at Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abadia del Sacromonte, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Marbella to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marbella in September, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, visit Barrio del Carmen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, then shop like a local with Botique Museo Lladro, and finally explore the galleries of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento de Valencia, see the interesting displays at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, and finally take an in-depth tour of Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Valencia online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Valencia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Valencia, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, wander the streets of El Born, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Catalunya, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Vicens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes, have fun and explore at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then get to know the fascinating history of L'Eixample District, and finally steep yourself in history at Palau Reial Major.

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You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Marseille, France

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Fri), stop by The Panier, get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Arts Africains, Oceaniens, Amerindiens (MAAOA), then browse the exhibits of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Rocher de Vitrolles, examine the collection at Musee de l'Aviation, take an in-depth tour of Musee Raimu, then take an in-depth tour of Musee des Docks Romains, then step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Marseille.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in October since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Nice, France

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Picasso and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot), St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs & La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul) and Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice road trip app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Toulouse.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique Saint-Sernin and Abbaye de Soreze. Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle and Musee du Verre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Carcassonne Center (Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, Carcassonne Cathedral, &more), Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters (in Albi) and Cathedrale Saint-Alain (in Lavaur). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee-Mine Departemental, take in the exciting artwork at Hotel d'Assezat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Couvent des Jacobins, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Saint-Raymond.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Toulouse day trip planning app.

Fly from Nice to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Toulouse, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza Moyua, get engrossed in the history at Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, don't miss a visit to Museum of Sacred Art (Museo de Arte Sacro), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Vicente Mártir de Abando, then see the interesting displays at Museo de la Mineria del Pais Vasco, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bilbao trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Toulouse to Bilbao in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Salamanca.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Salamanca, Spain

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Palacio de Anaya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Martin Church. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Anaya, then steep yourself in history at Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Unamuno, and finally contemplate the long history of Escuelas Menores.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salamanca trip maker tool.

You can drive from Bilbao to Salamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Salamanca.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.