16 days in Portugal, France & South of Spain Itinerary

16 days in Portugal, France & South of Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Toulon, France
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Seville, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Funchal, Portugal
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Lagos, Portugal
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 18th (Sun), head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, then don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and finally take a stroll through Latin Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, see Off-Road Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, and finally admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary site.

Bengaluru, India to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Toulon.
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Toulon, France — 2 nights

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. On the 20th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at Fidelius Spa, then head outdoors with Le Sentier du Littoral, and then wander the streets of Le Village du Mourillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Cap-Falcon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Magaud, then make a trip to Place de la Liberte, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Toulon.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Toulon online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Toulon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get a bit warmer in Toulon: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 3 nights

City of Towers

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.
Get outdoors at Centro Ecuestre Entrepinares and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Attractions like Jardines de Murillo and Barrio Santa Cruz make great kid-friendly stops. When in Seville, make a side trip to see Playa Del Parador in Mazagon, approximately Mazagon away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco, admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), contemplate the long history of Iglesia de la Magdalena, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seville online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Toulon to Seville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pavilhao do Conhecimento and Centro Colombo. Do your shopping at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Square. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Mercado de Campo de Ourique, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Funchal.
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Funchal, Portugal — 2 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on Madeira Mountain Expeditions, then wander the streets of Zona Velha, and finally don't miss a visit to Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lillie Ceramics, view the masterpieces at Caravel Art Center, explore the engaging exhibits at 3d Fun Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and finally browse the different shops at Forum Madeira.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Funchal trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Funchal in 3.5 hours. In December, Funchal is somewhat warmer than Lisbon - with highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): stroll through Praia do Pinhao, then relax and rejuvenate at Aguadream Mediterranean Baths, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Tres Irmaos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lagos itinerary maker site.

Getting from Funchal to Lagos by flight takes about 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Funchal in December; daily highs in Lagos reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Madeira travel guide

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Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.
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