16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Madrid
— 4 nights
2
Valencia
— 2 nights
3
Barcelona
— 2 nights
4
Zaragoza
— 2 nights
5
Bilbao
— 2 nights
6
Salamanca
— 1 night
7
Madrid
— Few hours

4
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Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get outdoors at Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park and Chorrera de Despanalagua. Visit Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Castillo de Belmonte for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Castillo de Manzanares el Real (in Manzanares el Real), Ermita de San Frutos (in Burgomillodo) and Iglesia de Santiago - Casa del Parque (in Sepulveda). The adventure continues: visit Barrio de Salamanca, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Finca Rio Negro, wander the streets of Paseo de la Castellana, and take in nature's colorful creations at El Capricho Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour itinerary maker site.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Juan to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sepulveda, Castillo de Belmonte, Castle of Siguenza, Castillo de Manzanares el Real, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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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

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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 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of John's Saints. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Patacona and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real monasterio de Santa Maria.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Valencia trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Valencia hover around 20°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa de la Patacona
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Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi ©
Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi
Playa de la Patacona ©
Playa de la Patacona

2
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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 landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, admire the striking features of Casa Lleo i Morera, then contemplate the long history of Casa Museu Gaudí, and finally wander the streets of Barri de Gracia. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Major Synagogue.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in January, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 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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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Barri de Gracia ©
Barri de Gracia
Casa Museu Gaudí ©
Casa Museu Gaudí

2
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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.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zaragoza trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in January, Zaragoza is slightly colder at night 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 · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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

2
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Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de San Nicolas and Bodegas Muga. Get some historical perspective at Church of Santo Tomas and Bilbao, Spain. Change things up with a short trip to Bodegas y Vinedos Gomez Cruzado in Haro (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santiago, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion, make a trip to Puente Pedro Arrupe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Anton.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bilbao journey planner.

Getting from Zaragoza to Bilbao by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can 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

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night
Salamanca

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

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Salamanca travel route builder site.

Drive from Bilbao to Salamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bilbao in January, with highs in Salamanca at 11°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

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

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Madrid

Madrid
To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planning tool.

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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