24 days in Spain Itinerary

24 days in Spain Itinerary

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24 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  28​h
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
2
Gandia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Valencia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Seville
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Marbella
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Canberra

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Head to La Boqueria and Casa Gispertfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fenals Beach and Llevant Beach. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona) and Playa de la Pineda (in La Pineda). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, and take a stroll through Ciutat Vella.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barcelona vacation planner.

Canberra, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Canberra in September, expect nights in Barcelona to be warmer, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gandia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de la Pineda, Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Fenals Beach, Llevant Beach
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Gandia

Gandia ©
Gandia is a city and municipality in the Valencian Community, Eastern Spain on the Mediterranean. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Can Beach, then examine the collection at Museu Faller of Gandia, then examine the collection at Museo de Santa Clara de Gandia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Xeraco. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Daimus, then don't miss a visit to Casa de Cultura Marques Gonzalez de Quiros, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Can, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Gandia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gandia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Gandia by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Gandia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Gandia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Xeraco, Platja de Daimus
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Playa Gandia ©
Playa Gandia
Platja de Daimus ©
Platja de Daimus
Museu Faller of Gandia ©
Museu Faller of Gandia

5
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peniscola Castle and Mercado Colon. Get some cultural insight at Valencia Cathedral and City of the Arts and Sciences. Get out of town with these interesting Valencia side-trips: Ermita Santa Lucia (in Alcossebre) and Sala de Arte Tiziano (in Peniscola). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Grail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, and contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda.

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

Drive from Gandia to Valencia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Valencia, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peniscola, Playa de la Patacona, Ermita Santa Lucia
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Peniscola Castle ©
Peniscola Castle
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, then get engrossed in the history at Las Duenas, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip site .

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Seville sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 14th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel and then look for gifts at Bronze & Mora. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Alcazar of Segovia, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip site .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Alcazar of Segovia, Playa del Alberche
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Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
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 17th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Center of Hondarribia, look for gifts at Ganbara, then take a stroll through Parte Vieja, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Zarautz.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Madrid to San Sebastian - Donostia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Madrid in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Sebastian - Donostia: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bilbao, Historic Center of Hondarribia, Playa de Zarautz
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Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

3
nights
Marbella

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Maritimo, walk around Alameda Park, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida del Mar, then take a stroll through Marbella Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Experience Box Spain, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Valdevaqueros, and then kick back and relax at Los Lances Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marbella tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Marbella takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, Marbella is somewhat warmer than San Sebastian - Donostia - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tarifa
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Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town
Avenida del Mar ©
Avenida del Mar
Los Lances Beach ©
Los Lances Beach

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