17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Ronda
— 3 nights
4
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Granada
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madrid vacation maker tool .

San Francisco, USA to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get a bit cooler in Madrid: highs are around 54°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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nights
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.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, get engrossed in the history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and don't miss a visit to Metropol Parasol.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get a bit warmer in Seville: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, head outdoors with Ronda Dressage, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de los Viajeros Romanticos.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ronda road trip site .

You can take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Ronda sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Parks Outdoors
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

2
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 28th (Sat), admire the local landmark of Fuente del Esparto, Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador, then don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, and finally browse for treasures at Nerja Book Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Nerja trip planner .

You can drive from Ronda to Nerja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ronda in December, expect Nerja to be slightly colder, temps between 54°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Nature Beaches
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa
Fuente del Esparto ©
Fuente del Esparto

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces, then make a trip to Carrera del Darro, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, stop by Munira, and then admire the striking features of Alhambra.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Granada online road trip planner .

Drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Granada sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Granada to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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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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