21 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 4 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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Les Expressives. Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

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Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in July, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the history at Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: learn the secrets of production at Les Vergers de Ducy.

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Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Bayeux is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de La Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Boqueria and Mercat de la Barceloneta. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), and visit Las Ramblas.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Barcelona takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in July; daily highs in Barcelona reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and Parque del Retiro. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Belém Tower, and then take a tour by water with Lisbon by Boat. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at A Outra Face da Lua, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then wander the streets of Alfama.

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Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in July, things will get a bit cooler in Lisbon: highs are around 85°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Albufeira.
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Albufeira, Portugal — 3 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia Da Rocha and Odeceixe Beach. Relax by the water at Praia da Falesia and Praia da Coelha. Change things up with a short trip to Praia do Monte Clérigo in Aljezur (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Albufeira sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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

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

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.