8 days in Spain & South of France Itinerary

8 days in Spain & South of France Itinerary

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8 days in Spain & South of France Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
La Croix-Valmer, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cannes, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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day
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Barcelona trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Barcelona is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Barcelona, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Barcelona is little chillier than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

1
night
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. On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Canebiers, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier, and then stroll through Plage de Vergeron. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Plage de Guerrevieille, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Ponche, and then stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Barcelona to La Croix-Valmer. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in La Croix-Valmer dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Plage de Guerrevieille
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Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
La Ponche Beach ©
La Ponche Beach

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, then wander the streets of La Croisette, and then look for gifts at Les Caprices de Marilyn.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes itinerary planner.

Drive from La Croix-Valmer to Cannes in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Cannes

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Les Caprices de Marilyn ©
Les Caprices de Marilyn

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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 27th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Seville Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de San Telmo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Cannes to Seville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannes in May: highs in Seville hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then examine the collection at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum and then contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Seville in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

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

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