17 days in Spain, Bordeaux & Marseille Itinerary

17 days in Spain, Bordeaux & Marseille Itinerary

Robin

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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
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Santander, Spain
— 1 night
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Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Spain
— 1 day
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Plage de Bordeaux Lac, stroll around Ecosite du Bourgailh, then identify plant and animal life at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and finally contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online trip planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Bordeaux is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pamplona.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Pamplona, Spain

— 1 night
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): walk around Parque de La Media Luna, get outside with Parque de Yamaguchi, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Saturnino, make a trip to Calle de Zapateria, make a trip to Archivo Real y General de Navarra, then don't miss a visit to Portal de Francia, and finally stroll around Parque Fluvial del Arga.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Pamplona attractions planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to Pamplona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Pamplona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santander.

Things to do in Pamplona

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Santander, Spain

— 1 night

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
On the 26th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Los Molinucos, then head off the coast to Mouro Island, then make a trip to Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Latas, and finally head outdoors with Pena Cabarga.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santander trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pamplona to Santander takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Pamplona in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santander: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Santander

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Salamanca, Spain

— 1 night

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Escuelas Menores, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Anaya, then contemplate the long history of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), and finally ride a horse along Caballos de la Ribera.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Salamanca trip planner.

You can drive from Santander to Salamanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santander in August, you will find days in Salamanca are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Boca del Asno and Playa del Alberche. Escape the urban bustle at Faunia and Picnic Madrid. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Rascafria (Senda de la Cascada del Purgatorio & Penalara Natural Park) and La Silla de Felipe II (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, walk around Parque Juan Carlos I, take a tour by water with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate, and see the interesting displays at Museo Del Romanticismo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Salamanca in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Madrid, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Cartagena, Spain

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Plaza del Ayuntamiento, stop by Centro de Artesania de Cartagena, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Portus.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena route planning tool.

You can drive from Madrid to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

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.
Get outdoors at Playa de Heliopolis and Playa El Gurugu. Explore hidden gems such as Playa de Canet and OceanRepublik. Venture out of the city with trips to Ruta de las Villas (in Benicasim) and Parque Municipal de San Vicente (in Lliria). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa De La Devesa Del Saler, tee off at Club De Golf Escorpion, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get outside with BeachBol Valencia.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Valencia online route planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Valencia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

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.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and Montana de Montserrat. Venture out of the city with trips to Montserrat (in Monistrol de Montserrat) and Sant Jeroni (in Montserrat). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bogatell Beach, engage your brain at Exposicion Human Bodies. Anatomia de la vida., wander the streets of L'Eixample District, and take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Catalunya.

Plan my day in Barcelona using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Prophete, get outside with Visite des Calanques, and then get a new perspective on things with Au Dela Plongee.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marseille when traveling from Barcelona in September, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.