17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Madrid
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Seville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Granada
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Valencia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Newark

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Alcazar of Segovia and The Walls of Avila. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and The Four Posts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia), Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo & Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes) and Avila (Basilica de San Vicente & Cathedral of Avila). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Walled Town of Cuenca, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid tour builder tool.

Newark, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Madrid, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia, Toledo, Historic Walled Town of Cuenca, Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barrio Santa Cruz and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Plaza de España and Capilla de los Marineros are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Caridad, gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, and explore the galleries of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip website.

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Seville sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Chapel of Granada, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jerome Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, steep yourself in history at La Madraza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, and finally steep yourself in history at Monasterio Cartuja.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seville in September, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Saint Jerome Monastery
Saint Jerome Monastery

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barcelona Cathedral and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic for their historical value. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona (in Castelldefels) and Far Torredembarra (in Torredembarra). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Barri de Gracia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, visit Ciutat Vella, and see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Barcelona using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, Far Torredembarra, Anfiteatro de Tarragona
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Anfiteatro de Tarragona ©
Anfiteatro de Tarragona
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castell de Xativa.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Valencia trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Playa de la Patacona, Castell de Xativa, The Via Verde Green Route
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Castell de Xativa ©
Castell de Xativa
Playa de la Patacona ©
Playa de la Patacona

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