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itinerary help: flying into paris 7/16 and out of madrid 8/8

Hello all,
My friend and I are two 30-somethings celebrating our graduations - doing the above - our interests are natural beauty (coastal scenes), beaches, some museums and shows (both in france and in spain). we don't want to rent a car. want a mix of active sightseeing and lazy beach days.

we are overwhelmed with the options. any help with planning an itinerary would be awesome!
our initial thoughts -
paris and versaille x 5 days
??
french and spanish basque region
barcelona
madrid

how can we spice up the journey from paris to basque region?
thanks!
Aparna

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In France, of course you can have some very nice beach days in the South! At that time of year, however, the beaches in the north should also be very nice! The people up in North of France are hard working and friendly. We had a great time, but the weather wasn't so great in April! We enjoyed so much the buckwheat crepes with seafood filling!

In Spain you can take the train from Madrid south to Malaga and bus to Nerja, Spain. It's a beautiful place with nice beaches and lots of young people. The vista from the big piazza El Balcon de Europa is breathtaking! On the other side of the town, they have paella on the beach, with the big fires and pans, and it's very inexpensive. The Sangria is awesome! There are also discos on that side for you young girls! If you've got the time don't miss seeing the Alhambra in Granada. It's one of the most significant sites in Spain if not THE most! You will need advance tickets -- and you must be on time!
OR you could go to the beach in Valencia!

You do have lots of options. I'd suggest getting both RS Spain and France books for you to pin down what interests you! I'm jealous!

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16890 posts

You can take a direct TGV train from Paris to Bayonne, Biarritz, or the French border at Hendaye in just 6 hours. An overnight stop to see Loire valley chateaux is not far out of your way, but does add a couple of train connections.