5-Day Road Trip in Spain and France from Barcelona to Carcassonne

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Duration
5 days & 4 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included
Flights
Optional
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Description

Set off on a grand 5-day Euro trip through Spain and France. Visit multiple cities like Barcelona, Carcassonne, and Narbonne, each offering a unique experience unlike any other.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 3 nights in Spain and 1 night in France.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Spain, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Barcelona and begin your adventure from there. Explore Barcelona, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of France. Immerse yourself in the allure of Carcassonne and Narbonne, where every street tells a story.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Carcassonne’s Cité de Carcassonne. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Spain and France will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 5-day self-drive adventure in Spain and France. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Spain and France.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Included

Hotel, 4 nights
Rental car, 5 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Narbonne - city in FranceNarbonne
Scenic aerial view of the Agbar Tower in Barcelona in Spain.Barcelona / 3 nights
Carcassonne - city in FranceCarcassonne / 1 night

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Photo of sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the most known building created by Antoni Gaudi.Sagrada Família
Photo of stairs and buildings in the Park Guell by architect Gaudi o in Barcelona, Spain.Park Güell
Photo of view of Square of Catalonia (Placa de Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain.Plaça de Catalunya
Mercado de La Boqueria, el Raval, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Barcelonès, Catalonia, SpainMercado de La Boqueria
Photo of exterior View of Casa Batllo during Sunset in Barcelona.Casa Batlló
Photo of night view of Magic Fountain light show in Barcelona, Spain.Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Photo of La Pedrera House facade in Barcelona, Spain.La Pedrera
Photo of scenic view of Carcassone medieval city in France against summer sky.Cité de Carcassonne
Photo of Triumphal Arch (Arc de Triomf) in Barcelona, Spain.Arc de Triomf
Photo of Cascade Fountain in the Park Citadel in . Barcelona, Spain. The Park is also called Parc de la Ciutadella. Barcelona, Catalonia, SpainParc de la Ciutadella
Photo of Cathedral of Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia or Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Architecture and landmark of Barcelona.Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia
Photo of Palau de la Música Catalana ,Barcelona ,Spain .Palau de la Música Catalana
Réserve Africaine de SigeanRéserve Africaine de Sigean
Château Comtal, Carcassonne, Aude, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceChâteau Comtal
Phare du Cap Leucate

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Day 1

Day 1 – Barcelona - arrival day

  • Barcelona - Arrival day
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  • Parc de la Ciutadella
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Spain and France begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Barcelona in Spain. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Barcelona for 2 nights.

Catch an early flight to Spain to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Barcelona before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Barcelona. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Spain. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

After a day of exploration and awe-inspiring sights, it’s time to replenish your strength. Make the most of this stop on your multi-country road trip across Spain and France by rewarding yourself with a taste of Barcelona’s local cuisine. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax or mingle with the locals and raise a toast to your exciting road trip adventure.

Treat yourself to an extraordinary dining experience at Lasarte, one of the top Bib Gourmand restaurants in Barcelona, holding 3 Michelin stars. Offering a diverse menu focusing on creative cuisine, Lasarte has earned praise from numerous satisfied guests.

A local favorite is ABaC. This exceptional dining experience in Barcelona has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. Featuring creative cuisine, this popular Bib Gourmand restaurant is a top choice for both locals and tourists.

Discover the extraordinary dining experience offered by Cocina Hermanos Torres in Barcelona. Its 3-Michelin star menu is designed to tantalize your taste buds and take you on a culinary adventure. Many previous guests have raved about this Bib Gourmand restaurant, adding to its 3 Michelin-star reputation.

After your meal, continue your getaway at one of the hottest bars in the city, Hemingway Gin & Cocktail Bar. This bar has an impressive average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 893 customers.

Alternatively, you can grab a few shots of your favorite drink and have an amazing night at the famous La Whiskeria - Whisky & Cocktail Bar. This incredible bar has a vibrant atmosphere and plays great music, worthy of its average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 743 customers.

Cerveseria Catalana cannot be missed with its wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Around 14,751 bar lovers have given this place a seal of approval with their 4.4 out of 5 stars average rating.

Your multi-country road trip in Spain and France has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Barcelona

  • Barcelona
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Drive 18 km, 1 hour 32 min

  • Park Güell
  • Sagrada Família
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Batlló
  • Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
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On day 2, you will wake up in Barcelona with an entire day of wonders ahead of you! You still have 1 night left in Barcelona before it’s time to get back on the road and continue your European tour across Spain and France.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Barcelona. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Spain in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Don't miss out on experiencing El Nacional, a renowned dining spot in Barcelona. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 23,496 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at El Bosc de Les Fades while immersing yourself in Barcelona. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 14,606 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Ciutat Comtal, a beloved dining establishment within Barcelona. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 12,951 satisfied customers.

Spend the night with your favorite cocktail in hand at Ocaña. This bar is among the most recommended in the city, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,052 customers.

Embrace relaxation as you toast to a fantastic night at Elsa y Fred. This popular bar in Barcelona is a local favorite with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 4,884 customers.

If you want to check out another bar in the area, you’ll love El Xampanyet. This bar is known for its many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. El Xampanyet has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,394 reviews.

Take in the ambiance of Barcelona as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Barcelona and Carcassonne

  • Barcelona
  • Carcassonne
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Drive 304 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Mercado de La Boqueria
  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia
  • Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Arc de Triomf
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 3 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 2 stops. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Barcelona in Spain and Carcassonne in France. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Carcassonne, your home for 1 night.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated point of interest and attraction in Barcelona — Mercado de La Boqueria. About 160,835 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The popular Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is another top sight in Barcelona that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved catholic cathedral in the area, rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 62,263 visitors.

Palau de la Música Catalana is a spectacular concert hall and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Barcelona, earning an impressive average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 40,217 enchanted visitors.

As the day moves along, be sure to make time to drop by the magnificent Arc de Triomf. Because of its allure and charm, around 77,887 visitors have rated this attraction and triumphal arch an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

When you’ve had your share of Barcelona, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Carcassonne, France. Your travel time is around 3 hours 3 min.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Carcassonne’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

As the sun sets on day 3 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Carcassonne's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of France to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Carcassonne has them.

Reserve a table at Restaurant La Marquière, a renowned restaurant in Carcassonne. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 680 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Brasserie a 4 Temps while in Carcassonne. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 2,551 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Carcassonne at Adélaïde, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,584 customers.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Comte Roger, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,143 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is The Celt. It is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,000 customers.

La Métairie is a place where you can easily spend an hour or two of fun or relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 756 customers.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Carcassonne, Leucate-Plage, Narbonne, and Barcelona

  • Barcelona
  • Carcassonne
  • Narbonne
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Drive 331 km, 4 hours 24 min

  • Château Comtal
  • Cité de Carcassonne
  • Réserve Africaine de Sigean
  • Phare du Cap Leucate
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 4 of your multi-country journey across Spain and France. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Carcassonne in France and Barcelona in Spain. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Barcelona where you'll spend 1 night of well-deserved relaxation.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Narbonne and set your GPS to Barcelona, Spain. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 2 hours 41 min. Upon reaching Barcelona, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Carcassonne today.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Barcelona. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Barcelona. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Spain in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Plan ahead and secure a table at Paradiso, an acclaimed dining establishment in Barcelona. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 3,403 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of CocoVail Beer Hall - Craft Beer Barcelona while experiencing the best of Barcelona. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 3,235 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Disfrutar, an elegant culinary destination in Barcelona. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 2,164 previous guests.

Order some of the best-tasting cocktails and celebrate the night away at Bobby's Free. This famous bar in Barcelona has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,003 customers.

You can also check out an equally popular bar in the area, Restaurant El Foro. This amazing place never disappoints with its variety of drinks and fantastic ambiance. Restaurant El Foro has received an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,552 customers.

If you want to visit another bar, we recommend Dr Stravinsky. This bar offers guests many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with a great night, helping it earn an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,837 customers.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Barcelona - departure day

  • Barcelona - Departure day
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  • Plaça de Catalunya
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On day 5 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Barcelona before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Spain and France. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

Make the most of your final day in Spain by visiting Barcelona’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the city’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments.

Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Spain.

Get a last taste of Spain’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Barcelona and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Spain and France.

The time has come to say farewell to Barcelona for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 5-day European road trip in Spain and France with fond memories. Safe travels!

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