16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Catedral Primada) and Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and test your problem-solving skills at EXIT Madrid.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Madrid road trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Acueduct of Segovia
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EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nerja (Balcon de Europa & Fundación Cueva de Nerja). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Alhambra, get your game on at El Reino Escape Room, pause for some serene contemplation at Camarin de la Virgen del Rosario, and steep yourself in history at Royal Chapel of Granada.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Madrid to Granada in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nerja
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El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

5
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Las Ramblas, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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