35 days in Spain Itinerary

35 days in Spain Itinerary

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35 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  18​h
1
Madrid
— 9 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 3 nights
3
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Santiago de Compostela
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cordoba
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
8
Valencia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Granada
— 3 nights
10
Toledo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Diego

9
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casa de Campo and Templo de Debod. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, explore the activities along Retiro Park, and explore the world behind art at Museo Lazaro Galdiano.

Before you visit Madrid, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Diego, USA to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Alcázar of Seville and Catedral de Sevilla. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla and Torre del Oro. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, don't miss a visit to Metropol Parasol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Divin Sauveur.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Seville visit planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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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
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.
Get some historical perspective at Alhambra and Albayzin. Mirador de San Nicolas and Generalife are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Nerja (Balcon de Europa & Fundación Cueva de Nerja) and Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana (in Rute). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Royal Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de los Aljibes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

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Getting from Seville to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seville in September since evenings lows in Granada dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nerja, Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Carrer Montcada. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planning website .

Getting from Granada to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, appreciate the extensive heritage of Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas, examine the collection at Museo das Peregrinacións, then see the interesting displays at Museo Catedralicio, and finally examine the collection at Museo do Pobo Galego. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USC Natural History Museum, then examine the collection at Museo Pedagoxico de Galicia, then take an in-depth tour of The City of Culture of Galicia, and finally admire the masterpieces at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Compostela online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in September, with highs in Santiago de Compostela at 73°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo das Peregrinacións ©
Museo das Peregrinacións
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas ©

1
night
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 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then admire the striking features of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally don't miss a visit to Calleja del Panuelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then take in the views from Roman Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Rafael Boti.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Cordoba takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago de Compostela in September: high temperatures in Cordoba hover around 91°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Cordoba

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

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 26th (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then wander the streets of Parte Vieja, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo. Here are some ideas for day two: expand your understanding of the military at Castillo de la Mota and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cordoba to San Sebastian - Donostia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Cordoba in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Sebastian - Donostia: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Beaches Tours
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Castillo de la Mota ©
Castillo de la Mota
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 28th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, then contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Fallas Museum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at City of the Arts and Sciences. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, and then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Valencia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Valencia, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

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

3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, explore the world behind art at Museo de Nerja, then browse the exhibits of Archive Saint John of God Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Monasterio Cartuja. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, steep yourself in history at Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then make a trip to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, and finally steep yourself in history at La Madraza.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Valencia to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Valencia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Granada, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Toledo.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Nerja
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Church of El Salvador ©
Church of El Salvador
Nasrid Palaces ©
Nasrid Palaces
Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla ©
Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla

3
nights
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Catedral Primada and Museo del Greco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum and Church of Santo Tomé. Step out of Toledo with an excursion to Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Aranjuez--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Santa Cruz, take a stroll through Casco Historico de Toledo, see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of Saint Mary the White.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Toledo itinerary tool .

You can drive from Granada to Toledo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Toledo can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Museo del Greco ©
Museo del Greco

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