3 Weeks in Spain, France, and Italy

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When I decided to spend 20 days across these two iconic countries, it was more of a challenge. I’ve been to all three, but on separate trips. I really loved each of them, and the most I think of it, I can really see the reasons why these are the top destinations in Europe.

Now, not everyone has the time to take many trips. Trying to see as many countries as possible in a single trip is quite popular. So, I went and challenged myself to spend 3 weeks in Spain, France, and Italy and see if it was possible.

Spoiler alert: it can be done! But it’s not for everyone. It’s a tight-pack itinerary, but with careful planning and knowing that you can stick to that plan, you can do it.

All these destinations are actually popular ports for cruises. Perhaps you want to check out our compilation of 3-week cruises you can enjoy.



3 images - on the left is the statue of King Philips III in Madrid. On the top right is the Arc De Triomphe in Paris at night. On the bottom right is the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe and shares a border with France in its northern region. It is also one of the most visited countries in Europe. Spain is known for its food, music, arts, literature, siesta, flamenco, and more.

France, on the other hand, is located primarily in Western Europe and sits just above Spain. France has numerous world-famous landmarks and food, such as baguette, cheese, and fine wine.

Last but not least is Italy, located near the Mediterranean Sea. It shares borders with a few countries, including France on the north and west. It also enclaves microstates of San Marino and Vatican City.

When is the best time to go

The best time to visit Spain, France, and Italy is generally during the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to October. You’ll enjoy pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

The peak tourist season is in the summer months, July and August when the weather is hottest and the places are most crowded. December is also a busy season for these three destinations. During these months, it gets really expensive due to the high demand.

Rainy seasons vary: Spain and Italy’s wetter months are usually October to December, while France’s northern parts see more rain from November to January.

Are 3 weeks enough for Spain, France, and Italy

As I mentioned before, it’s possible but will require careful planning. Consider visiting 3 cities and travel by air most of the time if each destination is more than 4 hours of driving, bus, or train ride.

You can also be very strategic in choosing the cities. For example, if you include Paris, you can take a day trip to Dunkirk and Calais.

If you choose Marseille, you can travel to Nice and explore Southern France more as a day trip. The same goes for Seville and Malaga in Southern Spain; it allows you to see more cities since these are in the centre of major attractions.

So, look at the map and pick which cities are well-located.

What to pack

If you’re visiting during the summer season, packing comfortable and breathable clothing is highly recommended. Comfortable walking shoes to sandals are needed for visiting Europe.

On the other hand, for those who plan to come during the winter or fall season, make sure you bring warm clothes. Aim for layering rather than a bulky winter jacket. We have a compilation of packing lists for a 3-week trip depending on the season.

How to get around

This all depends on your destination. France and Italy both have amazing train systems and are quite affordable, too. Spain, on the other hand, has a rail network as well but not as intensive.

I really recommend you consider travelling by air to save you time. But first, check if points A to B can be done by bus or train (somewhere around 4 hours).

All these three destinations can be travelled by car rental too. However, the cars are usually in manual transmission. By bus will be the most affordable option, but also the slowest.

Language and currency

The official language of France is French. Most locals who work in the hospitality industry can speak English, but outside that, it can be a challenge. This is because French people don’t enjoy speaking English.

The opposite can be said about Spain. The official language there is Spanish, but many locals enjoy speaking English. However, in smaller towns and rural areas, English may be less commonly spoken.

Italy can be a hit-and-miss, where the official language is Italian. In my experience, lots of young people are happy to speak English with foreigners, but the older generation might ignore you.

Make sure to learn some basic words and carry a translation app with you, especially for France. Learning some basic words will also help you with navigation, and it’s a great way to show the locals respect and appreciation for their culture.

France, Spain, and Italy use the Euro (€) as the main currency. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in France, Spain, and Italy, especially in cities and tourist areas. However, cash is still preferred for small transactions, in local markets, and in rural areas. It’s wise to carry some cash for such instances.

Average travel cost for 3 weeks in Spain, France, and Italy

This can really vary a lot, but the season is what affects the cost of a vacation in these three destinations. France is the most costly, followed by Italy, making Spain the most affordable on this list.

However, during the peak season (summer and Christmas), the prices gets nearly double when it comes to accommodation, transportation, and tours.

On average, you can plan €150 a day, so for 3 weeks, that will cost you around €3,000. This allows you to book a private room, sign up for mid-range tours, use trains or even planes to get from one city to another and eat out in a decent restaurant.

For a budget trip, €90 can do it (€1,800 total). You will be staying in a dorm room in a hostel, signing up for free tours (tip-based), taking buses, and visiting convenience stores or supermarkets for meals.

For those looking for luxury experiences such as honeymooners or anniversary celebrations, €350 a day per person or around €7,500 for three weeks is realistic. With this budget, you can sleep in 4 or 5-star hotels, take premium tours, get around with private vehicles, and enjoy fine dining.

If you’re visiting during the busy season, make sure to book your accommodation at least 6 months in advance to have plenty of choices.


Spain, France, and Italy are all located in Europe, are members of the EU, and are part of the Schengen Area. This means that they all implement the same visa.

If you hold a passport from the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the US, some parts of Latin America, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and some parts of the Gulf country – you can travel to Spain, France, and Italy without a visa for up to 90 days (in total, not 90 days in each country).

You can book a flight to Paris, then fly out of Barcelona back to your home country, for example. You don’t need to fly into and fly out of the same city.

For the rest of the world, you must apply for a Schengen visa at the nearest Spanish, Italian, or French embassy/consulate. You must send in your application to the embassy of which country you plan to enter first.

For example, if you plan to start your trip in Italy, you must obtain a visa from the Italian Embassy. EU passport holders have freedom of movement in these destinations.

Other travel tips

I personally always book the accommodation first because these are the ones that get booked up fast. At the time of writing this, I have a plan to go to Europe in the summer, which is 9 months away. But I also booked my hotel.

If I change my mind, I can cancel those booking since the site I used have free cancellation. This is one of the reasons I love using the following services.


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If you ask me which of these countries is my favourite, I honestly won’t be able to answer you because each of them offers a unique experience, fantastic dishes, and extraordinary history.

There are four travel itineraries here covering Spain, France, and Italy, offering various themes for each. The first itinerary is great if it’s your first time visiting these destinations.

The second itinerary suits those who love the beach and want to spend their vacation doing water activities and booking boat tours.

The third itinerary is perfect for people who want a mix of popular sites and also go off-the-trail for a little bit and explore quieter areas.

Finally, the fourth itinerary is awesome if you love hiking and want to explore these three countries by trekking and enjoying the outdoors.

After reading through the itineraries, you will see a list of things to do and activities that you can plan in each city, plus tips on tours that you can book. There’s also a list of recommended accommodations depending on your budget.

And lastly, you will see a tasty compilation of must-try dishes. You must try out local dishes from Spain, France, and Italy and see which ones you like the best.

Country-specific Itineraries

If you decide that you prefer to visit one country only, perhaps the following itineraries can help you with that:

Itinerary #1: The Capital/Historical and Cultural (Madrid, Paris, Rome)

This itinerary is suitable for first-timers who are history buffs and for those who love the art scene. The first stop is Madrid, which is Spain’s capital. Aside from that, UNESCO also declares Madrid as a world heritage site.

The next stop is Paris (France), known for fashion, food, nightlife, art, and history. Aside from the Eiffel Tower, there are still tons of world-famous landmarks, and of course, the Parisian food is top-notch.

The last stop is Rome (Italy), a must-visit for its numerous ancient ruins, including the oldest building in the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.

Aside from that, the coffee culture in Rome is top-notch as they mastered the art of aperitif, a pre-dinner ritual involving sipping bitter concoctions. The sequence of the locations can be interchanged depending on where you’ll travel from.

Madrid, Spain for 7 days

Madrid is the capital and the most populous city of Spain. Your Spain travel itinerary would not be complete if you didn’t go to Madrid because this city has so much to offer. Not only is it a haven for art enthusiasts, but it is brimming with history and culture.

In fact, the city managed to preserve most of its historical sites, such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, Royal Theater, Plaza Mayor, and more. It has tons of museums as well. You seriously wouldn’t run out of places to visit here in 7 days.

For football enthusiasts, it is home to two of the most famous football clubs, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Other places to visit include the Temple of Debod, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Barrio de Latina, Palacio de Cristal, and more.

Paris, France for 7 days

Just like Madrid, Paris is also both the capital and most populous city in France. It has been one of the world’s major centres in culture, fashion, gastronomy, commerce, finance, and diplomacy.

Paris is famous for The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, and Seine River. If you’re interested in learning more about WW2, there are tons of day trips to Calais and Dunkirk.

Art enthusiasts will also love Paris because it is the art capital of France. It is also included in the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world, celebrating fashion week with participants from various high-end clothing brands.

You can get to Paris from Madrid by getting on a direct flight. It takes around 2 hours and costs about $50 or higher depending on the season.

Rome, Italy for 7 days

Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula. It is the 14th most visited country in the world in 2019. UNESCO lists its historic centre as a World Heritage site, and Vatican City (the smallest country) can be found here. Rome is brimming with a history spanning 28 centuries.

A couple of must-visit locations here include the world-famous Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and more.

For those who are fond of museums, you can visit Borghese Gallery and Museum, Capitoline Museums, and Rome National Museums.

To reach Rome from Paris, you can book a non-stop 2-hour flight. It’s around $100 or even more during busy season.

3 images - on the right is a cliff over looking the ocean with a text "Anaga Mountains, Tenerife. On top right is a flat mountain peak of Chartreuse mountain in Lyon. On the bottom is is a smokey peak of Mount Etna in Sicily

Itinerary #2: Beach Trail (Barcelona/Canary Islands, Nice/Marseille, Naples)

The second itinerary for your 20 days in Spain, France, and Italy is focused on beach trails and for those who want to see the Mediterranean Sea. The first stop is either in Barcelona or the Canary Islands (both are part of Spain).

For your first stop, choose between Barcelona and the Canary Islands (Spain). You can go to Barcelona to experience beach life and see unique art pieces, architecture, and vibrant cultural scenes.

The Canary Islands, on the other hand, has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, tons of wildlife, and even a world heritage city for history buffs.

After Spain, we’re heading to France. You can choose between Nice and Marseille. You can do both since they’re not that far from one another.

Nice is an amazing spot in the French Riviera, which possibly has the best market in France. The place is not only filled with beaches, but it also is rich in history, heritage, architecture, and even festivities. In fact, it is home to the world’s first jazz festival and the world’s first and largest carnival.

On the other hand, Marseille is home to Europe’s largest port and a melting pot of European and African cultures, so it has some of the coolest and edgiest cultural spaces.

The last stop is Naples (Italy), which has 3,000 years’ worth of preserved culture. This is where you’ll find the famous areas of Capri, Amalfi Coast, and Sorrento. Aside from beaches, you can hike to a Roman Sauna in the mountains, take history tours, and go on boat tours.

Barcelona or the Canary Islands, Spain for 7 days

Both Barcelona and the Canary Islands have beaches. However, one of their main differences is that Barcelona is busier and is located in mainland Europe.

The Canary Islands is located in the Western area of Africa, which means you need to take a short flight from Europe mainland. There are fewer people, and the overall vibe is more laid-back here.

Barcelona, however, is more suitable for you if, aside from beaches, you’re also looking to do other activities or watch one of the most famous football clubs, FC Barcelona, where the likes of Messi used to play.

Aside from that, it is also a haven for architecture and art enthusiasts as it is filled with buildings designed by world-renowned Gaudi.

A couple of those are Casa Battlo, Palau Guelli, and, of course, Sagrada Familia. Other places to visit include Mount Tibidabo, the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, and more.

The Canary Islands have pleasant, sunny weather all year round, which is fitting for people who love to sunbathe and do beach-related activities.

The islands also have tons of unique landscapes, including sub-tropical forests in Garajonay Natural Park, desert landscapes by the sea in Dunas de Corralejo, and nature reserves in Fuerteventura, among others.

Nice and Marseille, France for 7 days

Nice is a city in the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes department in France. Nice is famous for its breathtaking landscape, cuisine, stunning architecture, and rich history.

It has a wonderful Mediterranean climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Some of the must-see attractions here are The Promenade des Anglais, Old Town, Castle Hill Park, and Castel Beach. You can even take a day trip to Cannes or Monaco from here.

Marseille is the prefecture of the French Department of Bouches du Rhone. It is also the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. Marseille is known for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and rich history. It is one of the most dynamic cities in France, as it has been home to a diverse range of cultures.

Some of the must-visit places here are the Basilica of Notre Dame of la Garde, Chateau d’Ilf, Palais Longchamp, Fort Saint-Jean, and more. You can rent a car once you’re in these places as the locations are only 2 hours away from each other.

From Barcelona to Nice, there are limited non-stop flight, which is only an hour and 15 minutes. A flight with a connection transits in Bordeaux or Paris, making the flight around 3 hours and 15 minutes. The ticket costs between $30 to $50.

From Barcelona to Marseille, you can still take a flight that is direct. There are more flights with transit, which connect either in Paris, Madrid, or Lisbon. The ticket will cost between $100 to $150 per person.

From Canary Islands (Gran Canaria) to Marseille or to Nice, there’s no direct flight; most of them connect in Barcelona or Madrid and take around 6 to 7 hours, costing $70 to $120.

Naples, Italy for 6 days

Last but definitely not least, the location for the second itinerary for 3 weeks in Spain, France, and Italy. The final region is Naples, which is the regional capital of Campania and the third largest city in Italy.

Naples is famous for being the birthplace of Pizza, a stunning opera house, a hub for history buffs, and its stunning churches. I want to highlight a couple of locations here in Naples, one of which is Sorrento.

It is a town overlooking the Bay of Naples, and aside from its ethereal view, it is also famous for its lacework, ceramics, and woodwork shops. You can also try limoncello, tart, and tangy desserts here.

Next is the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline in Southern Italy overlooking the Gulf of Salerno and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been a famous jet set spot for upper-class Europeans since the 18th century.

Lastly is the island of Capri, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea of the Sorrento Peninsula. Just like Amal Coast, Capri is also famous for jet setters. This place is filled with exquisite villas, immaculately manicured gardens, and stunning natural vistas.

You can reach Naples from Nice by air. But there are no direct flights; most connect in Barcelona, Madrid, or Paris. And the ticket prices are around $70 to $100.

3 images - on the left is the Francis II tomb statue in Nantes. On top right is the Alcazar Courtyard in Seville. On the bottom right is the dome of Emilia-Romagna in Bologna

Itinerary #3: Off-the-Trail (Florence, Bologna, Nantes, Seville)

The third itinerary is suitable for people who want to avoid the touristy crowd for a little bit but not miss out on the top sites each country has to offer.

The first stop is Florence (Italy), which is an art lover’s paradise as it has some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries. The streets themselves are picturesque and are best travelled on foot as well.

The next destination is Bologna (Italy), which offers its visitors a unique blend of world-class gastronomy and history. In fact, it is home to the oldest university in the Western world.

Nantes (France) is also filled with historical sites, particularly in the Bouffay District. Another reason why it is a must-visit is because of its must-try local dishes, including Crepes Bretonnes, Filet de Sandre au Beurre Blanc, Le Canard Nantais, and more.

The last stop is Seville (Spain), which is home to world-renowned landmarks such as Alcazar and the Cathedral of Sevilla, which is the third largest cathedral. Aside from that, it is also the cradle of flamenco, Spain’s most popular dance.

Florence, Italy for 5 days

Florence is the capital and the most populated city in the Tuscany region. It was a centre of medieval European trade and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. UNESCO declared it a world heritage site in 1982.

It is known for Renaissance art, culture, monuments, and architecture. You should definitely not skip Florence on your trip because it has one of the most famous art galleries in the world, with art pieces created by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, to name a few.

Some of the must-visit tourist attractions in Florence are Battistero di San Giovani, Uffizi Palace and Gallery, San Lorenzo and Michaelangelo’s Medici Tombs, Palazzo Vecchio, and more.

It also offers interesting day trips, including one of the seven wonders of the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Bologna, Italy for 3 days

Bologna is the capital of the metropolitan city and Emilia-Romagna region. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy. Bologna is known as the Fat City for its rich cuisine and as the food capital of Italy.

It is also called as the Red City for its red-tiled rooftops. Bologna is filled with historical churches, museums, medieval squares, and gardens.

A couple of top-rated attractions here are Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno, San Petronio, Archiginnasio Anatomical Theater, Museo Civico Archeologico, and the leaning towers of Torre Garisenda and Torre Degli Asinelli, among others.

There are a few ways to get Bologna from Florence. The cheapest is by bus, which will take around two hours. The train is a little faster, around 40 minutes and also more comfortable. If you’re renting a car, the drive is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Nantes, France for 6 days

Nantes is a city in the Loire-Atlantique region of France. It is the sixth largest city in France. It is an ideal destination for those who want to get away from the usual hustle and bustle of major tourist spots.

But don’t get me wrong, there are still tons of things to see in Nantes. Machines of the Isle, for instance, is a famous amusement park that one must not miss out on, especially if you come with family.

Other locations include Jardin des Plantes de Nantes, Chateau Country, where you can see the Loire Valley and tons of mesmerizing castles, HAB Galerie, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, and more.

It offers beach day trips as well. For those who love football, this city also houses one of France’s most successful football leagues, FC Nantes.

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Bologna to Nantes. There are 1-stop flight, which transits to Madrid, Paris, or Amsterdam. It usually costs $150. If you can travel down to Rome, there are a bit more affordable flights, but they still require a connection.

Seville, Spain for 6 days

Seville is the capital and largest city of Andalusia. Its old town contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising three buildings: the General Archive of the Indies, the Cathedral, and the Alcazar Palace Complex.

Seville is one of Spain’s most popular destinations and is famous for its Christian, Jewish, and Moorish architecture and some of the most delicious tapas known to mankind. It also is home to popular traditions such as bullfighting and flamenco.

A couple of places to visit in Seville include Alcazar Palace, Christopher Columbus’ Tomb, Plaza de Espana, Mercado de Triana, and more.

There are also numerous things to do here, such as availing a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, seeing a flamenco show, climbing Metropol Parasol, trying out the tapas at Seville’s oldest bar, Cordoba day trip, and more.

You can fly to Seville from Nantes and connect in Barcelona or Madrid. The ticket price is $70 to $150. You can also fly to Malaga and then travel by land to Seville.

3 images - on the right is a cliff over looking the ocean with a text "Anaga Mountains, Tenerife. On top right is a flat mountain peak of Chartreuse mountain in Lyon. On the bottom is is a smokey peak of Mount Etna in Sicily

Itinerary #4: Hiking Trail (Barcelona/Tenerife, Lyon, Catania)

Last but definitely not least, in 3 weeks in Spain, France, and Italy, the itinerary consists of places filled with hiking trails – perfect for active people and those who love the outdoors.

Barcelona (Spain) is actually usually the hikers’ starting point as it is near mountainous areas, and most of these are quick hikes.

It also has numerous day trips to other hiking locations such as Costa Brava, Montserrat, Montseny, and more. Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) is a hiker’s paradise, as you’ll find the highest point in Spain here. The scenery includes pine forests, volcanic landscapes, and green valleys.

Lyon (France) is also filled with hiking paths that are suitable for all levels. In fact, there are no less than 150 countryside walks to be discovered in Rhone, both for regular and occasional walkers.

Last is Catania (Italy), or the entirety of Sicily island, which offers tons of hiking opportunities. Aside from Mount Etna, there’s also the village of Militello, surrounded by natural waterfalls, and the Sartorius Mountains, suitable for all fitness levels.

Barcelona or Tenerife, Spain for 6 days

You must choose between Barcelona and Tenerife. Both are great hiking destinations. The main difference is that Barcelona is in mainland Europe, while Tenerife is an island in the Canary region. Your next destination will depend on your preference for hiking trail difficulties.

Barcelona is located on the Northeastern coast of Spain, near the border with France. It is the capital and the largest city of Catalonia and the second most populous municipality of Spain.

Tenerife, on the other hand, is the largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands. It is known for its world-class hiking trails because of its volcanic landscapes, while the trails in Barcelona are far in between.

That’s why Tenerife is better if you want to be completely surrounded by nature and do other nature-related activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and the like.

You might prefer to hike in Barcelona if you want a balanced city vibe with preserved historical structures and nature. Some of the hiking trails in Barcelona are Sant Jeroni Summit Loop, Mount Tibidabo, Park Guell, and La Rambla, among others.

Lyon, France for 8 days

Lyon is the third largest city in France, Located at the confluence of the rivers Saone and Rhone. It is loved as France’s gastronomy capital, with numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and a couple of themed cafes littered around the city.

It is perfect because you will need some nourishment after a couple of hours of hiking. Yes, Lyon also has a couple of hiking trails for adventurers at heart.

In fact, a couple of places that comes to mind are Parc Naturel regional du Morvan, Parc Naturel Régional Livradois-Forez, and Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d’Ardèche, which is a UNESCO global geopark

If you had your fill of hiking during your stay here, you can also have a day trip to Geneva (Switzerland).

You can get to Lyon from Barcelona by a non-stop plane, which takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs $30. From Tenerife to Lyon requires transit in Madrid or Lisbon, costing a lot more.

Catania/Sicily, Italy for 6 days

Although Catania is the logistical, commercial, and industrial centre of Sicily, it also has tons of natural resources, such as mountains and beaches, perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities, but also some mind and body events. There are yoga retreats in Sicily that you can book if you’re interested in them.

Mount Etna is one of those must-hike locations. Other hiking trails are Schiena dell’Asino, Calanna Valley, Monte Zoccolaro, and more. It is an active volcano that attracts many visitors whenever it spills out lava, which is quite often.

It is the perfect place to end your trip because you can also enjoy the beaches there. This includes The Playa of Catania, Torre Pozillo Beach, Praiola Beach, Mulino Beach, and Santa Maria la Scala, among others.

There are still other tourist spots aside from hiking trails and beaches like Monastero dei Benedettini, Villa Bellini Gardens, Castelo Ursino, and Palazzo Biscari, among others.

There are flights from Lyon to Sicily, but most of them require a connection or two and are a bit pricey. If you can travel back to Paris, Nice, or even to Geneva (Switzerland), you can find better flights toward Sicily.


After giving you some ideas on cities you can include in your itinerary for spending 3 weeks in Spain, France, and Italy, I want to share with you a list of things you can do in each place. These activities can also help you decide if the destinations you chose are suitable for you.

Bologna, Italy

Florence, Italy

Rome, Italy

Naples, Italy

Sicily, Italy

  • Mount Etna is considered a UNESCO heritage site. It is accessible from 9 am to 4:15 pm during summer and from 9 am to 3:45 pm during winter
  • Mount Etna buggy tour
  • Zingaro Natural Reserve is open from 7 am to 7:30 pm
  • Taormina – Greco Teatro, Castelmola, and Isola Bela
  • Selinunte Archaeological Park is the largest in Europe. Tours last from 40 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the inclusions of the tour package you chose. It is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • No Mafia walking tour
  • Cala Gadir is perfect for divers as the sea is always evident. It is open from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Palermo food tour
  • Catania City tour

Lyon, France

Marseille, France

Nice, France

  • Promenade des Anglais
  • Marc Chagall National Museum
  • Musee Matisse
  • Villefranche Bay – enjoy a 1-hour cruise or have fun snorkelling
  • Castle of Nice
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Foundation Maeght
  • Field of Lavender and Gorges of Verdon – best if visiting from spring to summer, then you must book a tour of the Lavender fields
  • Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas de Nice
  • Parc Phoenix
  • Cimiez Monastery
  • Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Assomption
  • Opera de Nice

Paris, France

Barcelona, Spain

Gran Canaria, Spain

  • Pico de las Nieves
  • Reserva Natural Especial de las dunas de Maspalomas
  • Go scuba diving – book a tour
  • Playa Puerto Rico
  • Drive an ATV – enjoy a tour
  • Roque Nublo
  • Enjoy a submarine tour – read the reviews
  • Palmitos Park
  • Sign up for a morning cruise – check the price

Madrid, Spain

Seville, Spain

  • Royal Alcazar of Seville
  • Catedral de Seville
  • Punta Umbria Beach
  • Cascadas del Hueznar
  • Real Alcazar
  • Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza de Espana
  • Barrio de Santa Cruz
  • Museo del Baile Flamenco
  • Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla
  • Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija
  • Metropol Parasol
  • Torro del Oro

Tenerife, Spain


To make it a bit easier, I also included a list of accommodations for the destinations listed on this 3 weeks in Spain, France, and Italy itinerary. These are arranged by city and also according to your budget.

Bologna, Italy

Florence, Italy

Rome, Italy

Naples, Italy

Sicily, Italy

Lyon, France

Marseille, France

Nice, France

Paris, France

Barcelona, Spain

Gran Canaria, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Seville, Spain

Tenerife, Spain


3 images of food - on the left is a pizza napoletana, in the middle is a creme brulee, on the right is a paella - 3 Weeks in Spain France and Italy

European cuisine is easily my favourite in the Each country has so much to offer; from savoury to sweet food, it’s all so satisfying. When it comes to dessert, France has my heart, while Italy gets me when it comes to savoury food. And, of course, Spain is my go-to for seafood dishes.

Here’s a quick list of traditional and authentic food you can try during your visit. Don’t forget to at least check out 3-4 items (or more!) from this list and see which ones you like the most.


  • Coq au Vin
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Ratatouille
  • Boeuf Bourguignon
  • Creme Brulee
  • Macarons
  • Tarte Tatin
  • Eclair


  • Pizza Napoletana
  • Risotto alla Milanese
  • Lasagna
  • Osso Buco
  • Tiramisu
  • Gelato
  • Cannoli
  • Panna Cotta


  • Paella
  • Gazpacho
  • Jamon Iberico
  • Tortilla Espanola
  • Churros con Chocolate
  • Crema Catalana
  • Tarta de Santiago
  • Flan


Did you know that Spain is the second most-visited country worldwide? Very rightfully so, as it has so much to offer.

It is filled with aesthetic natural beauty, crystalline Mediterranean beaches, a favourable climate all year round, and well-preserved historical landmarks, while France is a perfect balance of history, art, culture, and food, as well as the snow-capped Alps.

And, of course, let’s not forget Italy, which is famous mainly for its contribution to the fashion scene, architecture, art, and literature.

To sum it up, this trip will be a feast not only for your eyes and will fill your stomach, but you’ll also enjoy learning about their history and culture, and adventure-seekers, activities that will definitely give you a rush.

3 weeks in Spain France and Italy sounds like a lot, and it is. But it’s not impossible. So get started on the planning and make the most of your holiday. I hope that you found these itineraries helpful.


Backpacking through Spain, France, and Italy is a journey through vibrant cultures, stunning landscapes, and rich history. Sample exquisite cuisines, explore ancient ruins, and bask on Mediterranean beaches. Each country offers a unique, unforgettable experience. via @threeweektraveller