36 days in Spain, France & Portugal Itinerary

36 days in Spain, France & Portugal Itinerary

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36 days in Spain, France & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Vicenza, Italy
Drive:  6 h
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Arles, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
7
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
9
Tavira, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Evora, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Olhao, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Lagos, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
13
Lisbon, Portugal
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h 30 min
End: Vicenza, Italy

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nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, Moyenne Corniche, Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

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Vicenza, Italy to Nice is an approximately 5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In maggio in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Moyenne Corniche
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Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez

1
night
Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You've now added Cryptoportiques to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Theatre Antique, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then steep yourself in history at Cryptoportiques, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Arles trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In maggio, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Montpellier.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©

1
night
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Porte du Peyrou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, and then make a trip to Place de la Comedie.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Arles to Montpellier takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. maggio in Montpellier sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Barcelona.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Porte du Peyrou ©
Porte du Peyrou
Eglise Saint-Roch ©
Eglise Saint-Roch
Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de Cataluna, Parc Guell, Passeig de Gracia, and other attractions you added. On the 5th (Tue), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic and then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Cataluna, then browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip tool.

Take a train from Montpellier to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In maggio in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

1
night
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Valencia online trip maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in maggio, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Valencia: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cordoba online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Cordoba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in maggio, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites
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Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Nuestra Senora de Gracia ©
Nuestra Senora de Gracia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip builder tool.

Take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in maggio, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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hours
Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

Vila Real de Santo Antonio ©
Vila Real de Santo António is a city, civil parish, and municipality in the Algarve, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll through Praia de Monte Gordo, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Verde, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Cacela Velha.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vila Real de Santo Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to Vila Real de Santo Antonio takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Vila Real de Santo Antonio is minus 1 hour. In maggio, daytime highs in Vila Real de Santo Antonio are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia de Cacela Velha, Praia Verde, Praia de Monte Gordo
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Praia de Cacela Velha ©
Praia de Cacela Velha
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo
Praia Verde ©
Praia Verde

5
nights
Tavira, Portugal

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Igreja da Misericordia and Castelo de Tavira will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cabanas de Tavira Beach and Praia do Barril. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Ponte Romana.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tavira travel route planner.

Tavira is just a stone's throw from Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in maggio, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Evora on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Tavira

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril
Igreja da Misericordia ©
Igreja da Misericordia

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nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Get some historical perspective at Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Venture out of the city with trips to Monsaraz Castle and Walls (in Monsaraz), Adega Mayor (in Campo Maior) and Herdade do Esporao (in Reguengos de Monsaraz). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, do a tasting at Casa Relvas, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tavira to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tavira in maggio, plan for slightly colder nights in Evora, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Olhao.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Herdade do Esporao, Monte da Ravasqueira, Adega Mayor
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Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres ©
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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nights
Olhao, Portugal

Olhao ©
Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Igreja Matriz de Quelfes and Old Town Faro. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Fuseta Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Olhao online trip builder.

Getting from Evora to Olhao by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Evora in maggio, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Olhao, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Olhao

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Faro, Almancil, Roman Ruins of Milreu
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Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes ©
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Saint Vincent and Fortaleza de Sagres. Visit Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Castelo de Silves (in Silves) and Speed Boats Tours (in Albufeira). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and stroll through Meia Praia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip planner.

You can drive from Olhao to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. maggio in Lagos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portimao, Sagres, Praia da Marinha, Castelo de Silves, Church of St. Anthony
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Relax by the water at Praia do Norte and Praia de Carcavelos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Nazare (Ermida da Memoria & Praia da Nazare), Sao Tiago Church (in Obidos) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, stop by Bairro Alto, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lagos in maggio since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Nazare, Praia de Carcavelos, Sao Tiago Church
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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