29 days in Spain Itinerary

29 days in Spain Itinerary

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29 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  31​h
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Malaga
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Cordoba
— 2 nights
7
Seville
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Valencia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Madrid
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  34​h
End: Christchurch

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.
Casa Mila - La Pedrera and Museo Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Passeig de Gracia and CaixaForum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Casa Batllo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell, stop by Vom FASS Barcelona, and explore and take pictures at Camp Nou.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Barcelona online road trip planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Barcelona. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in May; daily highs in Barcelona reach 25°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Let the collections at CCA Andratx and Gerhardt Braun Gallery capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Sa cisterna and Samaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Palma de Mallorca: Coves de Campanet (in Campanet), Puerto de Soller (in Soller) and Cas Siquier (in Port de Soller). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa de Muro, see the interesting displays at Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver), stop by Es Verol, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palma de Mallorca trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sa cisterna, Playa de Muro, Coves de Campanet, Cas Siquier, Samaki
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Playa de Muro ©
Playa de Muro
Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Albayzin and Cathedral and Royal Chapel. Shop till you drop at Chocolates Sierra Nevada and Artesania Del Arbol. Venture out of the city with trips to Pampaneira (Bodega La Moralea, Abuela ili chocolate, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Alhambra, look for gifts at La Talega - Andalucia Slow Food, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and admire the natural beauty at Generalife.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Granada online route planner .

Fly from Palma de Mallorca to Granada in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Granada are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pampaneira, Chocolates Sierra Nevada
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

2
nights
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
On the 27th (Mon), browse the different shops at Yumbo Centrum, look for gifts at Fund Grube Varadero, look for gifts at The Mint Company, stop by Compania de la Galleta, then buy something for everyone on your list at Boulevard El Faro, and finally visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Maspalomas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Calle Triana, look for gifts at El Antojito. Chocolates y mas delicias, then look for gifts at Tresor Noir, and finally stroll through Playa de Amadores.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Maspalomas online journey planner .

You can fly from Granada to Maspalomas in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Granada to Maspalomas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Granada in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Maspalomas, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Meloneras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Playa de Amadores, Tresor Noir
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Boulevard El Faro ©
Boulevard El Faro
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
El Faro de Maspalomas ©
El Faro de Maspalomas

1
night
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Malaga Cathedral, take a stroll through La Carihuela, look for gifts at Vom Fass Fuengirola, then take a stroll through Marbella Old Quarter, and finally hunt for treasures at Calle San Miguel. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, then examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Gibralfaro, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Malaga vacation maker website .

Getting from Maspalomas to Malaga by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Maspalomas to Malaga is 1 hour. Traveling from Maspalomas in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Malaga, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Torremolinos, Vom Fass Fuengirola, Marbella Old Town
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, and finally shop like a local with Sala el Potro. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, look for gifts at Ana Martina, then make a trip to Calleja de las Flores, then stop by Ceramica Alcaide, and finally get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba tour planner.

You can take a train from Malaga to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in May, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are little chillier (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ceramica Alcaide
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

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.
Get some historical perspective at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Seville Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Barrio Santa Cruz and Productos de la Sierra. Change things up with a short trip to Mercado de Abastos in Sanlucar de Barrameda (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, stop by Sangrespanola, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla, and catch a live event at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seville online visit planner .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in June, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Mercado de Abastos
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Central Market (Mercado Central), then admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at Mercat Central de Valencia, pick up some local products at Mercado del Cabanyal, and then engage your brain at City of the Arts and Sciences.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Valencia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums Parks
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Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

6
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado San Miguel and El Rastro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gran Via and Casco Historico de Toledo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas & Catedral Primada). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, view the masterpieces at Diseno Propio. Artesania., steep yourself in history at Casa de Campo, and explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Madrid are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toledo
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

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