42 days in France, Spain & Sardinia Itinerary

42 days in France, Spain & Sardinia Itinerary

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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Train to Platja i Grau de Gandia, Ferry to Ibiza - Sant Antoni de Portmany
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 5 nights
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Cagliari, Italy
— 8 nights
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Cannes, France
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France

— 6 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo and Atelier de Création - La Grande Savonnerie. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures), Plage noire du Langoustier (in Hyeres) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille route planner.

Bauru, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bauru to Marseille is 4 hours. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

Montpellier, France

— 3 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 1st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then make a trip to Place de la Comedie, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Les Trains du Colorado, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip builder website.

Getting from Marseille to Montpellier by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Montpellier are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

Barcelona, Spain

— 6 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Boqueria and Galeria La Lesia. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Far de Sant Sebastia (in Llafranc), Begur (Playa Sa Riera & Cala de l'Illa Roja) and Aigua Xelida (in Tamariu). Spend the 5th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Santa Lucia.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona travel planning site.

You can drive from Montpellier to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Barcelona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Central Market of Valencia, then steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, and finally see the interesting displays at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Gandia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia, and then contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia trip planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums

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Ibiza Town, Spain

— 5 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Get some cultural insight at Castell de Eivissa and Platja de ses Salines. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ibiza Cathedral and Esglesia de Sant Domingo. Go for a jaunt from Ibiza Town to Sant Antoni de Portmany to see Cala Bassa about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Cala Comte, get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Platja de ses Figueretes, and stop by Dalt Vila.

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Ibiza Town driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and ferry from Valencia to Ibiza Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cagliari.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

Cagliari, Italy

— 8 nights

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Museo del Carbone and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa di San Michele and Su Nuraxi. Change things up with these side-trips from Cagliari: Area Archeologica di Nora (in Pula), Villasimius (Porto Giunco & Spiaggia di Punta Molentis) and Spiaggia di Tuerredda (in Teulada). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Parco Naturale Molentargius-Saline, enjoy the sand and surf at Poetto, and take in the awesome beauty at Monte Urpinu.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cagliari day trip app.

Fly from Ibiza Town to Cagliari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in Cagliari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Cagliari

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 24:

Cannes, France

— 4 nights

Festival City

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Pampelonne. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Le Suquet are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael the Archangel Church, shop like a local with La Croisette, and pick up some local products at Marche Forville.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cannes trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cagliari to Cannes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Cagliari, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannes, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, view the masterpieces at Galerie Alexis Pentcheff, then contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, and finally shop like a local with Les Terrasses du Port.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille route planner.

You can take a train from Cannes to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.

Ibiza travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Nightlife · Bars & Clubs
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.

Sardinia travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.