60 days in Spain, France & Monaco Itinerary

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Xativa, Spain
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Cartagena, Spain
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Granada, Spain
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Nerja, Spain
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Ronda, Spain
— 5 nights
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Seville, Spain
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Cordoba, Spain
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Tossa de Mar, Spain
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Empuriabrava, Spain
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Cadaques, Spain
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Lourdes, France
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Carcassonne, France
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Avignon, France
— 5 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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St-Paul-de-Vence, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
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Xativa, Spain — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Colegiata de Xativa, contemplate the waterfront views at Pou Clar, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gorgo De La Escalera, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Socarrada.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Xativa attractions planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Xativa is an approximately 19.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Xativa hover around 36°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Spain — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Calblanque, wander the streets of Calle Mayor, and then examine the collection at Museo Del Teatro Romano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Las Salinas de Torrevieja, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Mata, and then make a splash at Aquopolis Torrevieja.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cartagena road trip planning app.

You can drive from Xativa to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 1 night

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 5th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Granada using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cartagena in August since evenings lows in Granada dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nerja.
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Nerja, Spain — 5 nights

Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. When in Nerja, make a side trip to see Galeria Luz de la Vida in Competa, approximately Competa away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo, Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nerja visit planning app.

Drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Nerja, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ronda.
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Ronda, Spain — 5 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, get great views at Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and make a trip to Alameda Del Tajo.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ronda trip planner.

You can drive from Nerja to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ronda are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seville.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Seville itinerary planner.

Drive from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Ronda in August, you will find days in Seville are slightly colder (38°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.
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Cordoba, Spain — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and then wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seville in August: highs in Cordoba hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tossa de Mar.
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Tossa de Mar, Spain — 5 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Tamariu (Aigua Xelida & La playa de Tamariu), Platja de Blanes (in Blanes) and Platja Fonda (in Begur).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tossa de Mar driving holiday planning app.

Fly from Cordoba to Tossa de Mar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Cordoba, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tossa de Mar, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Empuriabrava.
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Empuriabrava, Spain — 5 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Empuriabrava: Pals (Torre Den Quart & Village Medieval de Pals), Playa de la Gola del Ter (in Torroella de Montgri) and Cala de l'Illa Roja (in Begur).

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Empuriabrava itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tossa de Mar to Empuriabrava by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Empuriabrava, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Cadaques.
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Cadaques, Spain — 4 nights

Cadaqués is a town in the Alt Empordà comarca, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Change things up with a short trip to Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes in El Port de la Selva (about 34 minutes away). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Cap de Creus National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa de El Port de la Selva, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Llane Gran y Petit, discover the deep blue sea with Diving Center Cadaques, and appreciate the history behind Estatua de Salvador Dali.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cadaques road trip planning app.

You can drive from Empuriabrava to Cadaques in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Cadaques can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 2 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 1st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de l'Adoration., then take in the awesome beauty at Pic Du Midi, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Col d'Aubisque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Ukrainienne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lourdes day trip planning site.

Getting from Cadaques to Lourdes by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cadaques in August; daily highs in Lourdes reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 3 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Canal de Jonction (in Salleles-d'Aude) and VeloMondo (in Leran). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, look for gifts at La Fille du Midi, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with Atlantide, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Avignon online holiday planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and finally try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco and then kick back and relax at Larvotto Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Monte-Carlo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, Monte-Carlo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Barrage de Malpasset (in Frejus), Cannes (Marche Forville, Le Suquet, &more) and Saint-Raphael (TakSea & Catalan Bougie). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, get outside with Quai Rauba Capeu, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nice travel itinerary planner.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St-Paul-de-Vence.
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St-Paul-de-Vence, France — 5 nights

Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans), Grasse (Cathedrale Notre Dame du Puy & Riviera Nature) and Colgan's Brewery (in Mouans-Sartoux). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, get a new perspective on things with Riviera fly-fishing, take an in-depth tour of Musee Renoir, and find something for the whole family at Le Village des Fous.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St-Paul-de-Vence trip planner.

St-Paul-de-Vence is very close to Nice. In September in St-Paul-de-Vence, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from St-Paul-de-Vence to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from St-Paul-de-Vence in September, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.
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Spain travel guide

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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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Province of Malaga travel guide

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Nightlife · Landmarks · Marinas
The Province of Málaga is best known for its string of coastal resorts with sandy beaches and seaside cafes that make for a relaxed vacation. The countryside is dotted by charming villages of Moorish origin, each with its own colorful character, history, and architecture. Its diverse landscapes also include rugged mountains. Don’t miss a chance to tour its natural wonders, including dramatic gorges, excellent walking areas, and one of Europe’s main flamingo breeding grounds.
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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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Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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