16 days in Spain, France & Andorra Itinerary

16 days in Spain, France & Andorra Itinerary

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16 days in Spain, France & Andorra Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
Fly:  12​h
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Santander, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Bayonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
El Serrat, Andorra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Ribes de Freser, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Figueres, Spain
— 1 night
train:  15​min
9
Girona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Jerusalem, Israel

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Santander, Spain

Santander ©
Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the striking features of El Capricho de Gaudi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial de San Miguel, and then meet the residents at Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santander travel itinerary planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Santander is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Santander, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in September, expect Santander to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Santander

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

El Capricho de Gaudi, Iglesia Parroquial de San Miguel, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno
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Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno ©
El Capricho de Gaudi ©
El Capricho de Gaudi
Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, and then make a trip to Peine del Viento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte Urgull, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia road trip planner.

Drive from Santander to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bayonne.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Nature Tours
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Food Tours
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, then get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Biarritz Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Milady, and finally kick back and relax at Port Vieux Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Biarritz trip tool .

Drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Biarritz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eglise Saint-Pierre, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
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Plage de la Milady ©
Plage de la Milady
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

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nights
Bayonne, France

Bayonne ©
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port, then look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, and finally take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at L'atelier du chocolat de bayonne, and then take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayonne visit planning website .

Bayonne is just a stone's throw from Biarritz. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Bayonne

Museums Tours Adventure

Side Trips

L'Atelier du Piment, La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port, Villa Arnaga, River Rafting & Tubing
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Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Room Escape Games
L'Atelier du Piment ©
L'Atelier du Piment

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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 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at SARL DU SANCTUAIRE, then stop by Produits Monastiques, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Lourdes trip website .

Drive from Bayonne to Lourdes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bayonne in September since evenings lows in Lourdes dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to El Serrat.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Produits Monastiques ©
Produits Monastiques

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El Serrat, Andorra

El Serrat ©
El Serrat is a mountain village in the parish of Ordino, Andorra. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de Meritxell and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Tristania. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Tobotronc.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read El Serrat trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to El Serrat takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Ribes de Freser.

Things to do in El Serrat

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santuario de Meritxell, Tobotronc
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Tobotronc ©
Tobotronc
Lagos de Tristania ©
Lagos de Tristania
Santuario de Meritxell ©
Santuario de Meritxell

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Ribes de Freser, Spain

Ribes de Freser ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Vall de Nuria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de Santa María de Ripoll, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruta del 7 Gorgs.

Plan trip to Ribes de Freser with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from El Serrat to Ribes de Freser by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Figueres.

Things to do in Ribes de Freser

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Vall de Nuria, Parroquia de Santa María de Ripoll, Ruta del 7 Gorgs
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Vall de Nuria ©
Vall de Nuria
Parroquia de Santa María de Ripoll ©

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Figueres, Spain

Figueres ©
Figueres is the capital of the comarca of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí, and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself which attracts many visitors. On the 3rd (Wed), snap pictures at Bridge of Besalu, step into the grandiose world of Castell de Sant Ferran, and then examine the collection at Dali Theatre-Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Figueres day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ribes de Freser to Figueres takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Girona.

Things to do in Figueres

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bridge of Besalu
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Dali Theatre-Museum ©
Dali Theatre-Museum
Castell de Sant Ferran ©
Castell de Sant Ferran

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Girona, Spain

Girona ©
Catalonia’s second-largest city, Girona embodies old-world charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Catalan culture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Passeig de la Muralla, kick back and relax at Platja Gran, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Municipal de Tossa de Mar, and finally steep yourself in history at Vila Vella (Old Town).

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Girona vacation planner.

Girona is very close to Figueres. October in Girona sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Girona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tossa de Mar
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Great Beach ©
Great Beach
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Girona Cathedral (Catedral) ©
Girona Cathedral (Catedral)

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