Best Beaches and the City of Lights

Romantic
Romantic
19 - 26
days

From Paris to Lisbon, enjoy the best beaches of Europe on this sunny getaway.

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  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Great FoodGreat Food
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Paris, France

  • 2

    Tours, France

  • 3

    Bordeaux, France

  • 4

    Biarritz, France

  • 5

    Bilbao, Spain

  • 6

    Oviedo, Spain

  • 7

    Santiago de Composte, Spain

  • 8

    Porto, Portugal

  • 9

    Nazare, Portugal

  • 10

    Lisbon, Portugal

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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Untitled
  • Place des Vosges
  • Latin Quarter
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
  • 0MB_5705
  • 295 Paris - place Vendome
  • Fontaines
  • Lac Daumesnil
  • Rodin Museum building
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  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
  • Notre Dame
  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
  • Île St. Louis
  • Avenue de l'Opéra
  • day trip to chartres
  • IMG_3707_DxO
   
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nights

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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Things to do in and around Tours

  • 2012-09-05 La Loire à Vélo 392
  • Tours (Indre-et-Loire)
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral
  • Art in Bloom 2013
  • Back of St-Gatien Cathedral in Tours, France
  • 34. Château de Villandry
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Loira_2013_Tours_010
  • Amboise
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2

Tours

France, Centre region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 night

This pedestrian-friendly city known as "the Garden of France", has numerous parks, impressive museums, and an excellent historic district.

Tours is a city in central France. It stands on the lower reaches of the river Loire. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection of its local spoken French, and the Battle of Tours in 732. It is also the site of the Paris–Tours road bicycle race. Tours is famous for its original medieval district, called le Vieux Tours. Unique to the Old City are its preserved half-timbered buildings and la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the center of the square. The Boulevard Beranger crosses the Rue Nationale at the Place Jean-Jaures and is the location of weekly markets and fairs.
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Things to do in and around Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux
  • real ruins or fake?
  • Le Grand-Théâtre, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France.
  • Bordeaux 17
  • HDRI Lacanau Beach (France)
  • Saint-Émilion, France
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  • 022a Decorative Arts museum
  • tour Pey Berland BOD2727
  • Musée d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux
  • Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac, Perigord, France
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Bordeaux

France, Aquitaine region

FoodCultureHistoricNight life1 night

Half of this city is UNESCO listed, it also offers great dining and nightlife options for the millions who visit annually.

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. The city's titles are "La Perle d'Aquitaine" (The Pearl of Aquitaine), and "La Belle Endormie" (Sleeping Beauty) in reference to the old center which had black walls due to pollution. Nowadays, this is not the case. In fact, a part of the city, Le Port de La Lune, was almost completely renovated. Bordeaux is the city which has the highest number of preserved historical buildings in France, except for Paris. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.
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Things to do in and around Biarritz

  • Biarritz, Euskadi. HDR
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  • Biarritz
  • France-001913 - Beach near Rock of the Virgin
  • Raie aigle (Myliobatis aquila)
  • Baie de St Jean de Luz
  • Quai Galuperie, Bayonne
  • 2013 Frankrijk 0939 Pau
  • sheep pass
  • Lourdes -(France)
  • Bulunkul
   
4

Biarritz

France, Aquitaine region

BeachesNight lifeCultureFoodSmall towns2 nights

This upscale resort town, previously known for its casinos, nightlife, and luxurious architecture, still offers culture and fun today.

Biarritz is a city on the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast in the Pyrenees Atlantiques department in southwestern France. It is a luxurious seaside tourist destination known for the Hotel du Palais (originally built for the Empress Eugenie around 1855), its casinos, and its surfing culture.
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Things to do in and around Bilbao

  • Bilbao
  • Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao)
  • Bilbao
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Bilbao, museo marítimo
  • Donostia - San Sebastián
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  • Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro de Bilbao
  • Euskal Museoa, Unamuno enparantzan
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Antiguo parador
  • Gasteiz from above
  • Cave Paintings
   
5

Bilbao

Spain, Basque Country region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nights

Bilbao is an interesting city with a strong culture of art and architecture, as well as numerous museums on a variety of themes.

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country.

Since its foundation in the early 14th century, Bilbao was a commercial hub that enjoyed significant importance. Nowadays, Bilbao is a vigorous service city that is experiencing an ongoing social, economic, and aesthetic revitalisation process, started by the iconic Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao's buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from gothic to contemporary architecture. The Old Town features many of the oldest buildings in the city, as the St. James' Cathedral or the Church of San Anton.

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Things to do in and around Oviedo

  • Mañana de domingo II
  • Oviedo
  • San Salvador cathedral
  • Main Frieze, Dipylon Amphora, c. 755-750 B.C.E.
  • I Bienal Internacional de la Pintura al Pastel
  • Cabo Peñas.
  • Luz vespertina
  • Sta. Maria del Naranco I
  • San Julián de los Prados - Vista general
  • Cares gorges
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Oviedo

Spain, Asturias region

CultureHistoric1 night

Founded in the 8C, this city shows off its historical past along with a relaxed and modern atmosphere.

Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain. Oviedo contains a very rich architectural history, with many buildings dating back to the early medieval period. Many of the building projects were undertaken during Alfonso II`s (791-842) reign and Ramiro I`s (842-850) reign.
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Things to do in and around Santiago de Compostela

  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Plaza de las Platerias en Santiago de Compostela
  • Pazo de Raxoi, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • Plaza de la Quintana, Santiago de Compostela
  • Cathedral
  • Fue un día de conocer. Vigo
  • Ría de Muros-Noia desde o Enxa
  • 004795 - Santiago de Compostela
  • Playa de Rodas
  • A Coruña
  • PLAYA DE ARNELES. HIO. CANGAS
  • 3918-Ponte de Santiago en Pontevedra.
   
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Santiago de Compostela

Spain, Galicia region

CultureHistoricSmall townsFoodNight life2 nights

The capital of Galicia, this town was established as part of a pilgrimage route in the 9C, engendering its rich history.

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century. In 1985 the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Things to do in and around Porto

  • Ligurian colours
  • Ramos Pinto Building
  • Praça de Almeida Garett
  • Porto
  • Serralves Foundation
  • Guimarães-019
  • Coimbra
  • Igreja de São Francisco - Salvador/BA
  • igreja do carmo
  • 20140619-Portugal-0656-Porto-Rua_de_Santa_Catarina
  • granite
  • Mistérios Negros Hiking Trail
  • Viana do Castelo (Portugal)
  • Porto 2009-03-28 001
  • CAPELA DAS ALMAS
  • Cais da Ribeira
  • Livraria Lello & Irmão
  • The bicycle
  • Palace Hotel do Bussaco, Bussaco, Portugal
   
8

Porto

Portugal, Norte region

Night lifeFoodCultureHistoricBeaches2 nights

Famous for its wine, Portugal's second largest city boasts a lovely waterfront and several historical sites and monuments.

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe. Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal", based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.
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Things to do in and around Nazare

  • Portugal, Nazare
  • NAZARÉ
  • Nazare. Portugal - 27
  • Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré
  • Fountain of Tears
  • Town of Tomar
  • Coimbra
  • Porto das Berlengas
  • Sintra, Portugal
  • Mafra National Palace - Palácio Nacional de Mafra - 2
   
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Nazare

Portugal, Centro region

BeachesSmall townsNature2 nights

A coastal town, set on a cliff over a long stretch of sand, popular for its beach, water sports facilities and charming old town.

Nazare has become a popular tourist attraction, advertising itself, internationally, as a picturesque seaside village. Located on the Atlantic coast, it has long sandy beaches (considered by some to be among the best beaches in Portugal), with lots of tourists in the summer. The town used to be known for its traditional costumes worn by the fishermen and their wives who wore a traditional headscarf and embroidered aprons over seven flannel skirts in different colours. These dresses can still occasionally be seen
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Things to do in and around Lisbon

  • Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon
  • Lisbon 1
  • Jeronimos Monastery, Belem
  • Bairro Alto, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Lisboa, Lisbonne
  • Sintra, Portugal
  • Mafra National Palace - Palácio Nacional de Mafra - 2
  • P1020718
  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Lisbon With Langon - 26
  • Exterior of Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Lisbon
  • Town of Tomar
  • Palácio Nacional de Monserrate, Sintra
  • Rua Augusta
  • just another day
  • Chinese Propaganda Posters at the Service of Politics
  • Torre de Belem, Lisbon
  • Palácio Nacional da Pena- Sintra (Explore)
  • Capuchos II
   
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Lisbon

Portugal, Lisbon region

CultureFoodHistoricNight lifeBeaches2 nights

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a lively city filled with restaurants, shops, buzzing nightlife, and historical sites.

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Among all the metropolises in Europe, it has the warmest winters.
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