41 days in Portugal, Spain & France Itinerary

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Porto, France
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Biarritz, France
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Bilbao, Spain
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Santander, Spain
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Gijon, Spain
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Braga, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Coimbra, Portugal
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Tomar, Portugal
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Batalha, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Nazare, Portugal
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Sintra, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Evora, Portugal
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Porto, France — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Calanques de Piana, don't miss a visit to D81, and then delve into the distant past at Torra d'Omigna.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip itinerary builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Porto is an approximately 29.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Porto is minus 9 hours. In September, Porto is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
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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 out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more). There's much more to do: shop like a local with La Croisette, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly to Biarritz.
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Biarritz, France — 3 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Go for a jaunt from Biarritz to Hendaye to see Plage d'Hendaye about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: step aboard Hermione - La Fayette, pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Biarritz online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Marseille to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bilbao.
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Bilbao, Spain — 4 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: San Sebastian - Donostia (Wine Tours & Tastings, Food Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Puppy, and snap pictures at Puente Zubizuri.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bilbao trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Biarritz to Bilbao by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Santander.
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Santander, Spain — 1 night

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
On the 25th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Urros de Liencres, then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Quebrada Geologic Park, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santander vacation planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to Santander in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in September, you will find days in Santander are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gijon.
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Gijon, Spain — 1 night

Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. On the 26th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Necropolis del Monte Areo, and finally soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gijon trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Santander to Gijon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Gijon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santiago de Compostela.
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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 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Sede de la SGAE en Galicia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, then make a trip to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, and finally examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Troya. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then grab your bike and head to Vista Galicia - Day Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santiago de Compostela, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gijon to Santiago de Compostela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Braga.
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Braga, Portugal — 2 nights

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Miradouro da Pedra Bela, take in the dramatic scenery at Pincaes Cascate, and then don't miss a visit to Sameiro Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Se de Braga, walk around Jardim de Santa Barbara, then see the interesting displays at Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim da Marginal.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Braga online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Braga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Dedicate the 2nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, walk around Museu Serralves, stop by Livraria Lello, and contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Braga to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.
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Coimbra, Portugal — 1 night

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 4th (Wed), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra.

Before you visit Coimbra, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Porto to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tomar.
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Tomar, Portugal — 1 night

Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Janela do Capitulo, pause for some serene contemplation at Charola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Cristo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tomar online trip builder.

Getting from Coimbra to Tomar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Tomar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Batalha.
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Batalha, Portugal — 3 nights

Batalha is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Batalha: Energy Day Spa (in Santarem), Cascata da Pedra da Ferida (in Penela) and Fragas de Sao Simao (in Figueiro dos Vinhos). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Batalha Monastery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota, and snap pictures at Ponte da Boutaca.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Batalha online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tomar to Batalha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Batalha sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nazare.
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Nazare, Portugal — 3 nights

Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Explore Nazare's surroundings by going to Obidos (Castelo de Óbidos, Obidos Village, &more).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nazare journey app.

Traveling by car from Batalha to Nazare takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sintra.
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Sintra, Portugal — 3 nights

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Sintra is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, go for a walk through Cabo da Roca, look for gifts at Maria Madrugas, and admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sintra visit planning site.

Getting from Nazare to Sintra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. October in Sintra sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon visit app.

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Evora.
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Evora, Portugal — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Lookout - Cordovil House Gallery (Evora), make a trip to Capela dos Ossos, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Evora trip maker.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Evora, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · 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.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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