16 days in Spain, Marseille & Toulouse Itinerary

16 days in Spain, Marseille & Toulouse Itinerary

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Marseille, France
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Toulouse, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Valencia, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Nerja, Spain
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Seville, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain
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Marseille, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Marseille is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect Marseille to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Grand Rond, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Vieux-Toulouse. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, explore the activities along Canal de Brienne (Le), get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Carmelites, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse route tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Toulouse takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in July; daily highs in Toulouse reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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 22nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Toulouse in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Adventure

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 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Patacona beach, see the interesting displays at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti, then steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Valencia trip planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Valencia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Getting from Valencia to Madrid by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Nerja, Spain

— 1 night
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 28th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Balcony of Europe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, then Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nerja trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Nerja takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Seville, Spain

— 1 night

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 29th (Wed), take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seville travel planner.

Drive from Nerja to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Bilbao, Spain

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Visiting Playa de Plentzia and San Mames Stadium will get you outdoors. Casco Viejo and Basilica de Santa Maria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santiago, get a taste of the local shopping with La Bendita, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Plaza de Jado.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bilbao trip builder tool.

You can drive from Seville to Bilbao in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seville in July, with highs in Bilbao at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · 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.