32 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

32 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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32 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Ibiza Town, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Beynac-et-Cazenac, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
tram + Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and Ciutat Vella. Step out of Barcelona to go to Lloret de Mar and see Fenals Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, stroll through Park Guell, and appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planning site .

Brisbane, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Barcelona is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fenals Beach, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Micalet - Miguelete. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparc Valencia, and examine the collection at City of the Arts and Sciences.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Valencia day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Playa de la Patacona
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Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
Room Escape Games
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

2
nights
Ibiza Town, Spain

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then indulge your taste buds at Teatro Pereyra, and then kick back and relax at Platja de ses Salines. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Dalt Vila, pause for some serene contemplation at Ibiza Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Ibiza.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ibiza Town sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Ibiza Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Castle of Ibiza ©
Castle of Ibiza
Dalt Vila ©
Dalt Vila
Platja de ses Salines ©
Platja de ses Salines

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de los Reales Alcazares, and then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, then take in the views from Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana), then admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ibiza Town in September since evenings lows in Seville dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Jardines de los Reales Alcazares ©
Jardines de los Reales Alcazares

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 15th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca, steep yourself in history at Sintra National Palace, then admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, and finally take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, appreciate the history behind Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta, then meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally pause for some photo ops at Belém Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online route planner .

Fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Palacio Nacional de Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palacio da Bolsa and National Forest of Bussaco. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Fortaleza de Valenca do Minho (in Valenca), Praia da Costa Nova (in Ilhavo) and Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima). Dedicate the 20th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Se Catedral de Viseu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, and steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Porto travel route planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Porto reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Praia da Costa Nova, National Forest of Bussaco, Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Ponte Romana, Fortaleza de Valenca
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
National Forest of Bussaco ©
National Forest of Bussaco

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alcazar de Segovia and Mirador del Valle. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro).

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in September, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Toledo, Alcazar de Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park
Mirador del Valle ©
Mirador del Valle

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dune du Pilat and Parc de la Coccinelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Le Phare du Cap Ferret (in Cap-Ferret) and La ville d'Hiver (in Arcachon). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner .

Fly from Madrid to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in September, plan for slightly colder days in Bordeaux, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Beynac-et-Cazenac.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dune du Pilat, Le Phare du Cap Ferret, Parc de la Coccinelle, La ville d'Hiver
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

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nights
Beynac-et-Cazenac, France

Beynac-et-Cazenac ©
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).GeographyThe commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.HistoryHistorically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. On the 27th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bourdeilles, Head underground at Abbaye de Brantome, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Grand Roc, and finally make a trip to Les Cabanes du Breuil.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Beynac-et-Cazenac online itinerary builder .

Drive from Bordeaux to Beynac-et-Cazenac in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, plan for little chillier nights in Beynac-et-Cazenac, with lows around 12°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome, Grotte du Grand Roc, Les Cabanes du Breuil, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Cite medievale de Perouges. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: La Roche de Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly), Abbey of Cluny (in Cluny) and Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc de la Tete d'Or, make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon journey planning website .

Drive from Beynac-et-Cazenac to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and tram. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Abbey of Cluny, Monastere Royal de Brou, Cite medievale de Perouges, La Roche de Solutre, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Monastere Royal de Brou
Monastere Royal de Brou
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
On the 3rd (Wed), make a trip to Plaza de Cataluna, then admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lyon to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in October, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Plaza de Cataluna
Plaza de Cataluna
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau ©
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

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