16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  20​h
1
Madrid
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Seville
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Ronda
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Cartagena
— 2 nights
5
Valencia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: San Diego

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've added Plaza de la Villa, Barrio de Salamanca, San Jerónimo el Real, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional del Prado. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Puerta del Sol and examine the collection at Casa Museo Lope de Vega.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madrid travel itinerary creator.

San Diego, USA to Madrid is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from San Diego to Madrid, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in Madrid at 54°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Acueduct of Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia

1
night
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 24th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and then admire the landmark architecture of Seville Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seville sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Seville hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

4
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Visiting El Tajo and SierrAventura Ronda will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Grabados Somera. Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Padre Jesús, examine the collection at Museo Lara, and explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Mondragon.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ronda trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Ronda, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Historic Sites Wineries
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Baños Arabes ©
Baños Arabes

2
nights
Cartagena

Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Roman Theatre Museum, enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Cabo de Palos, then stroll through Las Salinas de Torrevieja, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral de Santa Maria. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Calle Mayor, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Calblanque.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena tour planner.

You can drive from Ronda to Cartagena in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo de Palos, Las Salinas de Torrevieja, Cathedral de Santa Maria
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano
El Faro de Cabo de Palos ©
El Faro de Cabo de Palos

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral and then meet the residents at City of the Arts and Sciences.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Valencia vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Cartagena to Valencia in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Valencia sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Childrens Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, browse the exhibits of Casa Batlló, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell and then see the interesting displays at El Cafè de la Pedrera.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona sightseeing planner.

Fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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