36 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

36 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Burgos, Spain
— 3 nights
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Leon, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip website.

Perth, Australia to Paris is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Perth to Paris. When traveling from Perth in November, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bayeux, France

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Normandy American Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take in the pleasant sights at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

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

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center, France

— 2 nights
Get some cultural insight at Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne Center side-trips: Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret), Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vals) and La cité médiévale (in Eze).

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne Center takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Picasso and Cava Canals Canals - Cava y Museo Del Cava. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Montserrat--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Barcelona by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in December, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Zaragoza, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo del Labrador and Museo de la Colegiata. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and Palacio de la Aljaferia. Explore Zaragoza's surroundings by going to Iglesia de San Felix (in Torralba de Ribota), Vera de Moncayo (Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Veruela & Monasterio de Veruela) and Iglesia de San Blas (in Anento). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de Piedra, steep yourself in history at Daroca, and see the interesting displays at Palacio de los Condes de Bureta.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zaragoza road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Zaragoza to be a bit cooler, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. You'll explore and learn at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Museo del Greco, Convento de Santa Ursula, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Burgos.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Burgos, Spain

— 3 nights
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral De Burgos and Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cartuja de Miraflores and Capilla de Los Condestables. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Burgos: Iglesia de la Asuncion de Nuestra Senora de Santa Maria del Campo (in Santa Maria del Campo), Iglesia de Santa Maria La Real (in Sasamon) and Ermita de San Pantaleon de Losa (in San Pantaleon de Losa). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Evolucion Humana, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de San Salvador, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Las Cuevas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Burgos travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Madrid to Burgos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Madrid in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Burgos: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Leon, Spain

— 3 nights
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral and Torrestio. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Casa Botines Gaudi and Centro de Interpretacion Del Leon Romano. Explore Leon's surroundings by going to Soto de Agues (in Soto De Agues), Castrillo de los Polvazares (in Castrillo de los Polvazares) and Museo de las Alhajas en la Via de la Plata (in La Baneza). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, steep yourself in history at Parroquia Nuestra Senora Del Mercado, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Laguna de Negrillos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Marcelo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon vacation maker website.

Getting from Burgos to Leon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and then see where the action happens at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seville route maker site.

Take a train from Leon to Seville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Seville is somewhat warmer than Leon - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Lisbon, Portugal

— 8 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Monastery of Alcobaca for their historical value. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Evora (Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), &more) and Centro Historico de Cascais (in Cascais). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Batalha Monastery, step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lisbon. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
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.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.