45 days in Spain & France Itinerary

45 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Puerto Del Carmen, Spain
— 5 nights
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Maspalomas, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Cannes, France
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Puerto Del Carmen, Spain

— 5 nights

Nightlife Capital of Lanzarote

One of the most lively and visited areas in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote’s largest city, Puerto del Carmen, is well-known for its vibrant nightlife and high concentration of bars and pubs.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cabra Cabra Galeria de Arte and Pirates and Dolls. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cueva de los Verdes. Explore Puerto Del Carmen's surroundings by going to Marina Rubicon (in Playa Blanca), mArietta (in Arrieta) and Corralejo (Parque Natural de Corralejo, Every Day Aloe Vera, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Fundacion Cesar Manrique, look for gifts at El Faro, Head underground at Los Hervideros, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chica.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Del Carmen trip itinerary planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Puerto Del Carmen is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Puerto Del Carmen. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in April: highs in Puerto Del Carmen hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Puerto Del Carmen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Maspalomas, Spain

— 4 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
For shopping fun, head to Yumbo Centrum or The Mint Company Luxe Meloneras. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas and Playa de Mogan. Take a break from Maspalomas with a short trip to Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa de Amadores, stop by Mercado Agricola, buy something for everyone on your list at Boulevard El Faro, and enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Maspalomas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Maspalomas trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Del Carmen to Maspalomas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Granada.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 3 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chocolates Sierra Nevada and Bodega La Moralea. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Picasso Malaga and Alcazaba. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Force 4 Sailing (in La Herradura), Fundación Cueva de Nerja (in Nerja) and Malaga (Malaga Cathedral & Castillo de Gibralfaro). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada day trip planning website.

You can fly from Maspalomas to Granada in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maspalomas to Granada due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Maspalomas in April since evenings lows in Granada dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Transportation · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Seville, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, then explore the galleries of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

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Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seville when traveling from Granada in April, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Acueduct of Segovia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Primada and Royal Palace of Madrid. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: The Walls of Avila (in Avila), Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra (in Cantalojas) and Alcazar of Segovia (in Segovia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, wander the streets of Gran Via, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madrid road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in April, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zaragoza, Spain

— 5 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Contrebia Leucade and Palacio de los Condes de Bureta. Get some historical perspective at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and Monasterio de Piedra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zaragoza: Monasterio del Olivar (in Estercuel), Iglesia de San Felix (in Torralba de Ribota) and Iglesia Santiago El Mayor de Montalban (in Montalban). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, stroll through Laguna de Gallocanta, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Zafra, and appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia.

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Traveling by train from Madrid to Zaragoza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Zaragoza are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and Las Ramblas. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, stroll around Parc de Montjuic, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and explore the galleries of CaixaForum Barcelona.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona planner.

Take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Carcassonne Center, France

— 5 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and Fort de Saint-Jean d'Alcas. Do your shopping at La Legende de Pyrene and La Maison des Vins de Saint-Chinian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne Center: l'Atelier des Vignerons (in Limoux), Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vals) and Domaine de Baronarques (in Saint-Polycarpe).

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center planning tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Carcassonne Center by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Carcassonne Center, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne Center in May: highs in Paris hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Cannes, France

— 5 nights

Festival City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lérins Islands and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and La Croisette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: VinAzur - Vins de provence (in St-Laurent du Var), Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet) and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, look for gifts at Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, and view the masterpieces at Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cannes trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Paris to Cannes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cannes, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.