16 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

16 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
Bus to Malaga, Fly to Barcelona, Train to Cadaques
Cadaques, Spain
— 2 nights
Valensole, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Bonifacio, France


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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Paris tour planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Porto.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for gifts at Livraria Lello and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and finally steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Porto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Porto is minus 1 hour. In September in Porto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

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 (Mon), admire the striking features of Park and National Palace of Pena, then admire the landmark architecture of Quinta da Regaleira, and then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online trip builder.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in September: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Lagos, Portugal

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and then don't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Thai Massage Vilamoura, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lagos route planning app.

Drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Ronda, Spain

— 1 night

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the views from Puente Nuevo, then explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Lara. On the next day, wander the streets of Old City.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ronda online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Ronda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lagos to Ronda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lagos in September: highs in Ronda hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cadaques.

Things to do in Ronda

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Cadaques, Spain

— 2 nights
Cadaqués is a town in the Alt Empordà comarca, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cap de Creus National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Salvador Dali House, visit a coastal fixture at Far de Cala Nans (Cala Nans Lighthouse), and then appreciate the history behind Estatua de Salvador Dali.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cadaques day trip app.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Ronda to Cadaques in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Ronda in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cadaques: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valensole.

Things to do in Cadaques

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Valensole, France

— 1 night
Valensole is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.GeographyThe river Asse forms most of the commune's northern border, then flows into the Durance, which forms all of its western border. On the 26th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins du Clos de Villeneuve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stop by Lavande Angelvin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Valensole trip app.

Traveling by car from Cadaques to Valensole takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Valensole when traveling from Cadaques in September, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Valensole

Spas · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice attractions planner.

Getting from Valensole to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Valensole in September: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Bonifacio, France

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip builder app.

You can fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Bonifacio, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.

Algarve travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Spain travel guide

Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.