24 days in France, Spain & Escaldes-Engordany Itinerary

24 days in France, Spain & Escaldes-Engordany Itinerary

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Benalmadena, Spain
— 7 nights
2
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
3
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
4
Biarritz, France
— 1 night
5
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
6
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 2 nights
7
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
8
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights


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7
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Benalmadena, Spain

Benalmadena ©
Stretching from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range to the Mediterranean ocean, Benalmádena offers all the highlights of southern Spain: traditional whitewashed villages, beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, and strong Andalusian influence.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Benalmadena: Marbella (Puente Cristo del Amor, Marbella Old Town, &more), Nerja (Burriana Beach & Balcony of Europe) and Ronda (Mirador Paseo Blas Infante, Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, &more). There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Marina Benalmadena, walk around Parque De La Paloma, stop by Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village), and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Benalmadena online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major aiports are Málaga Airport, Jerez Airport and Sevilla Airport. In July, daytime highs in Benalmadena are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Benalmadena

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ronda, Marbella, Mijas, Nerja, Ermita de San Sebastián
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Puerto Marina Benalmadena ©
Puerto Marina Benalmadena
Parque De La Paloma ©
Parque De La Paloma
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

3
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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, take in the views from Puente Zubizuri, thendon't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, and finally experience the excitement of La Ribera Market. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Vizcaya Bridge, see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao online trip maker.

Getting from Benalmadena to Bilbao by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In July, Bilbao is a bit cooler than Benalmadena - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Wineries Tours

Side Trip

Vizcaya Bridge
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Wine Tours & Tastings
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 11th (Sat), get your game on at Let's get Basque! and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Monte Urgull, thendon't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, thenstop by Parte Vieja, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours Wineries Parks
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, thentour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques, and finally enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, and finally get outside with Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip planner.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Biarritz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Biarritz are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, Plage d'Hendaye, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
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Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge

2
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Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Mairie de Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, thenstep into the grandiose world of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint-Pie X, thenexplore the galleries of Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Petit Lourdes.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lourdes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception

2
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Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

Escaldes-Engordany ©
Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hit the slopes at Grandvalira and then buy something for everyone on your list at Illa Carlemany Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Casa de la Vall, appreciate the views at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, and then get outside with Vallnord Pal-Arinsal.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Escaldes-Engordany trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Escaldes-Engordany in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Casa de la Vall
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley ©
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall

2
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Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Canal du Midi, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, thentake a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). On the next day, examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, thenexplore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Escaldes-Engordany to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carcassonne are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canal du Midi
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

3
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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 22nd (Wed), get curious at Cite de l'espace, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Le Capitole, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, thenadmire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally snap pictures at Pont Vieux.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Toulouse road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Toulouse, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Albi
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole

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