18 days in Spain, South of France & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Spain, South of France & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
La Croix-Valmer, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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1
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Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria Roja and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then view the masterpieces at Ceramica Artistica Colon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally browse for treasures at Antiguedades el Museo.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Seville is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Seville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Seville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Bring the kids along to Royal Palace of Madrid and Parque del Retiro. Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, get engrossed in the history at Lope de Vega Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planning tool.

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Seville in May, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Boqueria and Artevistas Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Museu Picasso and Begemot Art & Fashion Gallery. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and take in the exciting artwork at En construccio.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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La Croix-Valmer, France

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Port Grimaud Beach, then stroll through Heraclee Beach, and then stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Plage des Marines, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Croix-Valmer day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Barcelona to La Croix-Valmer with the Route module. Traveling from Barcelona in May, plan for little chillier nights in La Croix-Valmer, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Grimaud Beach, Plage des Marines
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach

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Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
For shopping fun, head to La Croisette or Marche Forville. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rue d'Antibes and Galerie Gabel. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Biot, view the masterpieces at Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI, and admire the masterpieces at Atelier Madoura.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes itinerary builder app.

Drive from La Croix-Valmer to Cannes in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cannes are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Cannes

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Biot, Marineland, Atelier Madoura
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Marineland ©
Marineland
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Cannes to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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