18 days in Spain & Algarve Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Algarve Itinerary

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18 days in Spain & Algarve Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  8 h
1
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Rome, Italy


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2
nights
Granada, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Albayzin, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then examine the collection at Palacio de los Olvidados, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, and finally don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Granada holiday planning website .

Rome, Italy to Granada is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nerja.

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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, then don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, then explore the activities along Río Chíllar, and then stroll through Playa de la Cala el Canuelo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nerja day trip site .

Traveling by car from Granada to Nerja takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marbella.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Río Chíllar ©
Río Chíllar

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nights
Marbella, Spain

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, admire the striking features of Malaga Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Alcazaba, then go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina, and finally wander the streets of Marbella Old Town. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, stroll around Parque De La Paloma, and then take in the waterfront activity at Benalmadena Puerto Marina.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Marbella trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nerja to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nerja in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Marbella, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Benalmadena, Malaga, Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña
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Puerto Banus Marina ©
Puerto Banus Marina
Puerto Marina Benalmadena ©
Puerto Marina Benalmadena
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

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Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Go for a jaunt from Ronda to Vejer de la Frontera to see Playa El Palmar about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda online tour itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Marbella to Ronda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Ronda sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa El Palmar
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

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nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albufeira: Ponta Da Piedale (in Lagos) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get your game on at Hot Wheels Raceway, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira day trip website .

Getting from Ronda to Albufeira by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Ronda in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Albufeira: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ponta Da Piedale, Praia Da Rocha
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve

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nights
Seville, Spain

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: don't miss a visit to Plaza de España, walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and find something for the whole family at Isla Magica.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Albufeira to Seville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In September in Seville, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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