9 days in Spain, France & Escaldes-Engordany Itinerary

9 days in Spain, France & Escaldes-Engordany Itinerary

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9 days in Spain, France & Escaldes-Engordany Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Gran Via.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll around Parc Guell, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic and then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip builder website .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, examine the collection at Museu Casa Rull, then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de l'Automobil, and finally browse the different shops at Illa Carlemany Shopping Center.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Escaldes-Engordany travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Escaldes-Engordany takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

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Museu Nacional de l'Automobil, Museu Casa Rull, Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella
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Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley ©
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Museu Casa Rull ©
Museu Casa Rull
Museu Nacional de l'Automobil ©
Museu Nacional de l'Automobil

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Le Musee de la Torture de Carcassone, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Escaldes-Engordany to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 11th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Le Petit Lourdes, explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lourdes trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, you will find days in Lourdes are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lourdes

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Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Sanctuaire Notre-Dame ©
Sanctuaire Notre-Dame

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