15 days in Spain Itinerary

15 days in Spain Itinerary

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15 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Salamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Seville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and Vila Vella (Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stop by Carrer Petritxol, and make a trip to Ciutat Vella.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona tour itinerary planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
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Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey ©
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alcazar of Segovia and The Four Posts. Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Catedral de Segovia. When in Madrid, make a side trip to see The Walls of Avila in Avila, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, stroll around Parque del Retiro, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

2
nights
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Casa de las Conchas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, and finally ponder the world of politics at Universidad de Salamanca.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Salamanca online travel route planner .

You can drive from Madrid to Salamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Salamanca when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums
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New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva) ©
New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva)
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

2
nights
Seville

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip site .

Getting from Salamanca to Seville by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Salamanca in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seville, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, enjoy some diversion at Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria, then enjoy the sand and surf at Las Canteras Beach, and finally take a stroll through Vegueta. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Maspalomas, kick back and relax at Playa de Amadores, then kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Agustin.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Maspalomas online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Maspalomas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Maspalomas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seville in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Maspalomas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Playa de Mogan, Playa de Amadores
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Vegueta ©
Vegueta
Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach

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