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:  11​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Valencia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Zaragoza
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bilbao
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Salamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Castillo de Belmonte. Step out of the city life by going to Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park and Chorrera de Despanalagua. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Ermita de San Frutos (in Burgomillodo), Castillo de Manzanares el Real (in Manzanares el Real) and Iglesia de Santiago - Casa del Parque (in Sepulveda). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, do a tasting at Bodegas Finca Rio Negro, stroll around El Capricho Park, and get curious at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip builder .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Juan to Madrid 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sepulveda, Castillo de Belmonte, Bodegas Finca Rio Negro, Plaza mayor de Chinchon, Ermita de San Frutos
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Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park ©
Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of John's Saints. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Playa de la Patacona and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real monasterio de Santa Maria.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Valencia hover around 20°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de la Patacona
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Mercat Santa Caterina, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, admire the striking features of Casa Lleo i Morera, then browse the exhibits of Casa Museu Gaudí, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Barri de Gracia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Major Synagogue.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barcelona online visit planner .

Getting from Valencia to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in January, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Barri de Gracia ©
Barri de Gracia
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Casa Museu Gaudí ©
Casa Museu Gaudí

2
nights
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 5th (Sun), wander the streets of Casco Antiguo.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zaragoza online trip builder .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zaragoza, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bodegas Ignacio Marin, Casco Antiguo
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Casco Antiguo ©
Casco Antiguo
Daroca ©
Daroca
Bodegas Ignacio Marin ©
Bodegas Ignacio Marin

2
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Santo Tomas and Catedral de Santiago. Bodegas Muga and Palacio de la Diputacion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Bilbao with an excursion to Bodegas y Vinedos Gomez Cruzado in Haro--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Anton, pause for some photo ops at Puppy, get to know the fascinating history of Bilbao, Spain, and don't miss a visit to Puente Pedro Arrupe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bilbao day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Zaragoza to Bilbao in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Bilbao are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Haro
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Catedral de Santiago ©
Catedral de Santiago
Bodegas Muga ©
Bodegas Muga
Bodegas y Vinedos Gomez Cruzado ©
Bodegas y Vinedos Gomez Cruzado

1
night
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Escuelas Menores, make a trip to Plaza de Anaya, and then admire the striking features of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo).

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salamanca travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Salamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in January, things will get slightly colder in Salamanca: highs are around 11°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites
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Escuelas Menores ©
Escuelas Menores
Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo) ©
Plaza de Anaya ©
Plaza de Anaya

few
hours
Madrid

Madrid
To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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