21 days in Spain Itinerary

21 days in Spain Itinerary

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21 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27 h
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Ibiza Town, Ibiza
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Granada
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Madrid
— 5 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

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 landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Barcelona. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

1
night
Ibiza Town, Ibiza

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Platja de ses Salines, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ibiza Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Castell de Eivissa, and finally examine the collection at Necropolis del Puig des Molins.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ibiza Town sightseeing planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Ibiza Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Ibiza Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa
Ibiza Cathedral ©
Ibiza Cathedral
Necropolis del Puig des Molins
Necropolis del Puig des Molins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre de los Perdigones, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, and finally look for gifts at TenTiles.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Seville vacation tool.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Seville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, take some stellar pictures from Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda, don't miss a visit to Ronda, and tour in harmony with nature at Paddock Paradise Ronda.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ronda online tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wineries Wildlife
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
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 22nd (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirador del Cementerio Redondo, then make a trip to Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, then contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, and finally admire the local landmark of Fuente del Esparto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, then kick back and relax at Playa del Molino de Papel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Alberquilla, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nerja tour site.

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 May in Nerja, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mirador del Cementerio Redondo
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Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Playa del Molino de Papel ©
Playa del Molino de Papel
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

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 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, take in the pleasant sights at Cuesta del Rey Chico, and then wander the streets of Albayzin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Ildefonso, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, then see the interesting displays at Palacio de Alcazar Genil, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally get your game on at El Reino Escape Room.

Plan trip to Granada with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nerja to Granada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room

5
nights
Madrid

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Toledo to see Catedral Primada about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planning site.

Fly from Granada to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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