16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  9​h
1
Madrid
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ronda
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Murcia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Valencia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Madrid
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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 (Catedral Primada & Church of Santo Tomé) and Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid online day trip planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Madrid, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Juan in December, with highs in Madrid at 14°C and lows at 3°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Acueduct of Segovia
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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque de Maria Luisa, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip planning site .

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, Seville is somewhat warmer than Madrid - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Parque de Maria Luisa ©
Parque de Maria Luisa
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol) ©

1
night
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ronda day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Old City ©
Old City
Mirador de Aldehuela ©
Mirador de Aldehuela

2
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.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Granada travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ronda in January; daily highs in Granada reach 14°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Murcia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada

1
night
Murcia

Murcia ©
Murcia is a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of 442,573 inhabitants in 2009 (about one third of the total population of the Region). On the 6th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de las Flores, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Cathedral de Santa Maria, then make a trip to Plaza Cardenal Belluga, and finally make a trip to Real Casino de Murcia. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Mata Beach and then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Teatro Romano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Murcia trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Granada to Murcia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in January, expect nights in Murcia to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Murcia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Museo Del Teatro Romano, La Mata Beach
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Cathedral de Santa Maria ©
Cathedral de Santa Maria
Room Escape Games
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano

1
night
Valencia

Valencia
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Valencia trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Murcia to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You'll set off for Barcelona on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Valencia

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 8th (Wed), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then make a trip to Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Barcelona online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in January, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods 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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hours
Madrid

Madrid ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid holiday planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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