31 days in Spain, Portugal & South of France Itinerary

31 days in Spain, Portugal & South of France Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 day
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Priego de Cordoba, Spain
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Iznajar, Spain
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Alhama de Granada, Spain
— 1 day
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Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
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Zahara de la Sierra, Spain
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Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
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Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
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Cadiz, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Hendaye, France
— 1 day
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Sorolla and Caixa Forum. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, take an in-depth tour of Naval Museum, view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planning site.

Milan, Italy to Madrid is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in October, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Seville, Spain

— 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Seville. You will leave for Cordoba on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Seville

Tours · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Cordoba, Spain

— 1 day

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 5th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Merced, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then explore the world behind art at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Nicolas de Villa.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Seville to Cordoba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Cordoba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Priego de Cordoba.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums
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Priego de Cordoba, Spain

Priego de Córdoba is a town and municipality of Andalucia Spain in the extreme southeastern portion of the province of Córdoba, near the headwater of the Guadajoz River, and on the northern slope of the Sierra de Priego. For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Priego de Cordoba road trip site.

Getting from Cordoba to Priego de Cordoba by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, Priego de Cordoba is slightly colder than Cordoba - with highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to Iznajar.

Things to do in Priego de Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Iznajar, Spain

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Iznajar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Priego de Cordoba to Iznajar takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Iznajar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Granada.

Things to do in Iznajar

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Granada, Spain

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Thu), examine the collection at Palacio de los Olvidados, then admire the striking features of Patio de los Leones, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Iznajar to Granada takes 1.5 hours. In October in Granada, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alhama de Granada.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Alhama de Granada, Spain

— 1 day
Alhama de Granada is a town in the province of Granada, approx. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Carmen and then see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion de Alhama de Granada.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alhama de Granada attractions planner.

Getting from Granada to Alhama de Granada by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Granada in October, Alhama de Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Alhama de Granada

Museums · Historic Sites
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Ronda, Spain

— 1 night

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ronda driving holiday site.

You can drive from Alhama de Granada to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Alhama de Granada in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ronda, with lows around 17°C. You will leave for Zahara de la Sierra on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Zahara de la Sierra, Spain

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Zahara de la Sierra.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zahara de la Sierra day trip planning app.

You can drive from Ronda to Zahara de la Sierra in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Arcos de la Frontera.
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Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera is a town and municipality in the Sierra de Cádiz comarca, province of Cádiz, in Andalusia, Spain. On the 8th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Casa Ordonez and then step into the grandiose world of Arcos de la Frontera.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arcos de la Frontera journey website.

You can drive from Zahara de la Sierra to Arcos de la Frontera in an hour. In October in Arcos de la Frontera, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jerez De La Frontera.

Things to do in Arcos de la Frontera

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Jerez De La Frontera, Spain

Sherry Capital of the World

A culturally and historically rich city, Jerez de la Frontera is known around the world for the production of Spanish sherry.
On the 8th (Sat), do a tasting at Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jerez De La Frontera trip planning tool.

Jerez De La Frontera is just a stone's throw from Arcos de la Frontera. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cadiz.

Things to do in Jerez De La Frontera

Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
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Cadiz, Spain

— 1 night
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cadiz trip planner.

Drive from Jerez De La Frontera to Cadiz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Cadiz, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will leave for Seville on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Cadiz

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites
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Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

Visit Plaza de España and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa Palacio de Las Duenas and Capilla de San Jose. See even more of Seville: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, examine the collection at Hospital de los Venerables, and browse the exhibits of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Cadiz to Seville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Lagos, Portugal

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Praia de Santa Eulalia and Praia da Batata will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Albufeira (Safaris, Praia dos Aveiros, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia de Alvor, enjoy the sand and surf at Vau Beach, and get outside with Pro Putting Garden.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lagos tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Seville to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Seville to Lagos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Lagos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 15th (Sat), head outdoors with Feathers & Scales, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Roque. On the next day, steep yourself in history at National Palace of Queluz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lisbon road trip tool.

Getting from Lagos to Lisbon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lagos in October since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Porto, Portugal

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, then see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Matosinhos Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Porto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa de la Troya, and then appreciate the history behind As Duas Marias.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Porto to Santiago de Compostela in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Porto in October, expect Santiago de Compostela to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bilbao.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Bilbao, Spain

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, then step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion, and then go all around town with Bilbao Tour Guide.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bilbao trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in October, you will find days in Bilbao are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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 19th (Wed), snap pictures at Zurriolako zubia.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia visit app.

Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hendaye.
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Hendaye, France

— 1 day
Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Basque and then contemplate the waterfront views at Baie de Txingudi.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hendaye travel planner.

Hendaye is very close to San Sebastian - Donostia. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Toulouse.

Things to do in Hendaye

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Toulouse, France

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Toulouse road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hendaye to Toulouse takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Toulouse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Montpellier on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Toulouse

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"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 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, then examine the collection at Les Trains du Colorado, and then steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Le Mistral, enjoy the sand and surf at Petit Travers Beach, then kick back and relax at Plage du Grand Travers, then head outdoors with La Plage des Alizes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Montpellier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Avignon, France

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon, contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Les Antiques, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Feodal de Chateaurenard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint Pierre, trek along Parcours de L'Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally steep yourself in history at Musee du Petit Palais.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip app.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Le Tour de l'Horloge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Halle aux Grains, browse the exhibits of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence road trip site.

Getting from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): head outdoors with Archipel Loisirs Nautique, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuit Pedestre Souvenirs d'Enfance, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Foreign Legion, get outside with Calanque d'En-Vau, then head outdoors with Visite des Calanques, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Calanque de Callelongue.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Place Garibaldi. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin & Cabanon de Le Corbusier). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita, make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier, and stop by Vieille Ville.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.