18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Barcelona
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Valencia
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
3
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Cordoba
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Seville
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
7
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Nerja
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Rome

1
night
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SANDEMANs NEW Barcelona, Free Walking Tour, Placa del Tibidabo and Parc Guell. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a memorable tour with SANDEMANs NEW Barcelona, Free Walking Tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, and then take some stellar pictures from Placa del Tibidabo.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona road trip planning website .

Rome, Italy to Barcelona is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, explore the activities along Jardi del Turia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, and finally contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Valencia vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Barcelona to Valencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December in Valencia, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SANDEMANs New Europe - Madrid. Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid and hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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 30th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get engrossed in the history at Abadia del Sacromonte, and then take an in-depth tour of Archive Saint John of God Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Albayzin, then examine the collection at Palacio de Alcazar Genil, and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Granada holiday planner .

You can fly from Madrid to Granada in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Granada are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 1st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Rafael Boti, and finally get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip planner .

You can drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, view the masterpieces at Antiguedades el Museo, then catch a live event at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seville sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Visiting El Tajo de Ronda and El Torcal de Antequera will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Dona Felisa Winery and Museo Peinado. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz, wander the streets of Old City, and delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ronda trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Ronda, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Torcal de Antequera
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ermita de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios and Punta Lara. Get outdoors at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary and Capistrano Playa. Change things up with these side-trips from Nerja: Church of San Juan Bautista (in Velez-Malaga) and Mirador del Cementerio Redondo (in Sayalonga). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Nerja, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nerja day trip planning app .

Getting from Ronda to Nerja by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Nerja is slightly colder than Ronda - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Velez-Malaga, Mirador del Cementerio Redondo
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Nerja Donkey Sanctuary ©
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

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