22 days in Spain, Porto District & South of France Itinerary

22 days in Spain, Porto District & South of France Itinerary

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22 days in Spain, Porto District & South of France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Saint-Raphael, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online road trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Barcelona is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): stroll around Parque del Retiro, then walk around Casa de Campo, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Madrid vacation planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
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 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, then admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seville tour planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in May since evenings lows in Seville dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stop by Livraria Lello.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Porto tour planner.

Fly from Seville to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Porto due to the time zone difference. In May, Porto is little chillier than Seville - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
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 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, and then get outside with Calanque de Port-Miou.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Marseille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laser game Evolution, Calanque de Port-Miou, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Kelys, then steep yourself in history at Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Museums Classes Parks

Side Trips

Frejus, Kelys, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez
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Musee des Troupes de Marine ©
Musee des Troupes de Marine
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez ©
Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez

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nights
Nice, France

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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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