17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  14 h
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Valencia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Zaragoza
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Navarrete
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Bilbao
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Matadero Madrid has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy some music at Matadero Madrid and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip website .

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. 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. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You've now added La Lonja de la Seda to your itinerary. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, get curious at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Valencia road trip planner .

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Valencia, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. You'll set off for Barcelona on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

3
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and make a trip to Casa Batllo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
night
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 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza del Pilar and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zaragoza online trip itinerary planner .

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, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Zaragoza. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Navarrete.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©

1
night
Navarrete

Navarrete ©
Navarrete is a municipality of the autonomous community of La Rioja, Spain, with a population of 2,660 (as of January 2006) and an area of 28.49 km2. To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Navarrete trip planner.

Getting from Zaragoza to Navarrete by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Navarrete can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Navarrete

Wineries

Side Trips

Bodegas Lecea, Bodegas Fos
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Bodegas Lecea ©
Bodegas Lecea
Bodegas Fos ©
Bodegas Fos

1
night
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion and then wander the streets of Parte Vieja.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Navarrete to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2 hours. Traveling from Navarrete in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in San Sebastian - Donostia. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Neighborhoods
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Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Peine del Viento ©
Peine del Viento
Plaza de la Constitucion ©
Plaza de la Constitucion

2
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
When in Bilbao, make a side trip to see Peninsula of Magdalena in Santander, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, and have some family-friendly fun at Formula Racing.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao trip website .

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Peninsula of Magdalena
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Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena
Room Escape Games
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

3
nights
Madrid

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matadero Madrid. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Alcazar of Segovia, make a trip to Acueduct of Segovia, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and finally catch a live performance at Matadero Madrid.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Bilbao to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bilbao in January since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 2°C. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Segovia
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Walking tours
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia

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