11 days in Barcelona, Montpellier & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

11 days in Barcelona, Montpellier & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Train
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montpellier, France
Drive
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de La Barceloneta and Scuba & Snorkeling. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town). The adventure continues: walk around Parc Guell, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. You'll set off for Montpellier on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Montpellier, France

— 1 night
"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 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and then steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Montpellier trip maker site.

Getting from Barcelona to Montpellier by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Avignon, France

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere. On the next day, do a tasting at Vignobles Mayard, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then stop by Place Des Carmes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and finally steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Avignon day trip planning website.

Drive from Montpellier to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary site.

Getting from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. July in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montpellier.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Montpellier, France

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Montpellier holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites
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Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

On the 22nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Barceloneta, and then ponder the design of The Magic Fountain.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Montpellier to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.