15 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

15 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Salou to see PortAventura about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Las Ramblas, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online route maker.

Toronto, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. You will leave for Marseille on the 16th (Tue).
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For maps, photos, reviews, 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. Traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marseille, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Nice, France — 4 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice road trip app.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Montpellier, France — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): shop like a local with Place de la Comedie, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Planet Ocean Montpellier, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montpellier driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Montpellier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Montpellier when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.
Shopping · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Sant Feliu de Guixols) and Lloret de Mar (Lloret Beach & PlayVR Lloret). Enjoy Barcelona some more: stroll around Parc Guell, make a trip to Palau Guell, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona holiday builder.

Getting from Montpellier to Barcelona by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Montpellier in August, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.