51 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

51 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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Rennes, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
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Bordeaux, France
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Rennes, France
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Paris, France
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Rennes, France — 4 nights

Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rennes: Grand Aquarium (in Saint-Malo), La Tour de l'Horloge (in Dinan) and Nantes (Porte Saint-Pierre, Jardin des Plantes, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Lehon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes, see the interesting displays at Espace des Sciences, and walk around Parc des Gayeulles.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Rennes day trip app.

Lima, Peru to Rennes is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Lima in July, expect nights in Rennes to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rennes to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rennes in July, with highs in Barcelona at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 6 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Get out of town with these interesting Palma de Mallorca side-trips: Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro), Port d'Alcudia (Playa de Alcudia & Hidropark Alcudia) and Alcudia Old Town (in Alcudia). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Arta, see some colorful creatures with Big Blue Diving, and surround yourself with nature on Mallorca on foot.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca sightseeing planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Palma de Mallorca are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 day

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Parc de Montjuic, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and stroll through Casa de Campo.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll around Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB, stop by Alfama, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in August: highs in Lisbon hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Porto Calem, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, and finally stop by Livraria Lello. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally do a tasting at Porto Augusto's.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip tool.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Porto to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planning website.

You can fly from Porto to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Bordeaux. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Rennes.
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Rennes, France — 16 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rennes: Port De St Goustan (in Auray), Carnac (Carnac stones & Dolmens de Mane Kerioned) and Nantes (Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Les Machines de L'ile, &more). Explore Rennes further: browse the exhibits of Univers du Poete Ferrailleur, trek along Lizio Walking Trails, make a trip to Centre Historique de Vannes, and stroll around Parc du Thabor.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rennes day trip site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Rennes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Bordeaux in August, you will find days in Rennes are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online vacation planner.

You can fly from Rennes to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) 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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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
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.
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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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