16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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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
Drive:  3 h
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Plaza de la Villa, Barrio de Salamanca, San Jeronimo el Real, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Lope de Vega Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planning tool.

San Diego, USA to Madrid is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Madrid. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 54°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Tours Museums

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.
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville online road trip planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect Seville to be a bit warmer, temps between 61°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio de Mondragon and Baños Arabes. Museo Lara and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda, do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, don't miss a visit to Casa Don Bosco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Padre Jesus.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ronda trip site.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cartagena.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Historic Sites Wineries
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Baños Arabes ©
Baños Arabes
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda

2
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo Del Teatro Romano, enjoy the sea views from Faro Cabo de palos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Las Salinas de Torrevieja, and finally admire the masterpieces at Cathedral de Santa Maria. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Calle Mayor, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Calblanque.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip app.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cabo de Palos, Cathedral de Santa Maria, Las Salinas de Torrevieja
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Las Salinas de Torrevieja ©
Las Salinas de Torrevieja
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano
Cathedral de Santa Maria ©
Cathedral de Santa Maria

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Valencia online route builder.

Drive from Cartagena to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in December, Valencia is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Zoos & Aquariums 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.
On the 1st (Mon), stop by El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Casa Batllo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parc Guell and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary builder site.

You can 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 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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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