39 days in Spain Itinerary

39 days in Spain Itinerary

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39 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  28​h
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Bilbao
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Playa de Jandia, Fuerteventura
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Nerja
— 2 nights
7
Ronda
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Seville
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Valencia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Madrid
— 9 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Auckland

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.
Visit La Barceloneta and Bogatell Beach for some beach relaxation. Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stop by Entre Latas, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Auckland Central to Barcelona, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland Central in December, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 17°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Concha Beach and Basque Coast Geopark. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ganbara and Room278 shop. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zurriola Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ondarreta Beach, stop by Mercado de la Bretxa, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia driving holiday app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Barcelona to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach

3
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa de Langre and Playa de Plentzia. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lupita and Sorprendele Regalos para Hombre. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, look for gifts at Paragueria Leoz, savor the flavors at La Bendita, and make a trip to Bilbao, Spain.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bilbao road trip website .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Bilbao

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa de Langre
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Playa de Langre ©
Playa de Langre
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Lupita ©
Lupita

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Las Canteras and then kick back and relax at Playa de Maspalomas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de Amadores, kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan, and then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Maspalomas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Maspalomas sightseeing planner.

Fly from Bilbao to Maspalomas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bilbao to Maspalomas. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bilbao in January: high temperatures in Maspalomas hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Playa de Jandia.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Las Canteras Beach, Playa de Amadores, Playa de Mogan
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan

2
nights
Playa de Jandia, Fuerteventura

Playa de Jandia ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sotavento Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Sotavento. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Gran Tarajal and then kick back and relax at Monumento Natural de Ajuy.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Playa de Jandia road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Maspalomas to Playa de Jandia takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Playa de Jandia are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nerja.

Things to do in Playa de Jandia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Gran Tarajal, Cuevas de Ajuy, Sotavento Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Playa de Sotavento ©
Playa de Sotavento
Sotavento Beach ©
Sotavento Beach
Playa Gran Tarajal ©
Playa Gran Tarajal

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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burriana Beach and Papagayo Beach. Do your shopping at Munira and DEGUSTA ANDALUCIA. Change things up with these side-trips from Nerja: Granada (Tienda Souvenirs La Alborea & Alhambra). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Salon.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nerja road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Playa de Jandia to Nerja. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa de Jandia to Nerja is 1 hour. While traveling from Playa de Jandia, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Nerja, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Granada
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto and Geoff Scott Simpson. Do your shopping at ArtesamArt and La Tienda de Trinidad. Change things up with these side-trips from Ronda: Marbella (Puerto Cabopino Beach and Marina & Senda Litoral Dunas de Artola). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, see the interesting displays at Museo Lara, don't miss a visit to Vinoteando, and explore the ancient world of Baños Arabes.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nerja, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ronda, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marbella
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ArtesamArt ©
ArtesamArt
Museo Peinado ©
Museo Peinado
Museo Lara ©
Museo Lara

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Plaza de Espana. For shopping fun, head to Sangrespanola or Coco Sevilla. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Seville Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Un Gato en Bicicleta, look for gifts at Las Moradas, Artesania Andalusi, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Seville using our trip planner.

Drive from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Seville

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Sangrespanola ©
Sangrespanola
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España

2
nights
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 20th (Sun): admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda, then get a sense of history and politics at Plaza Ayuntamiento, then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Colon, and finally get curious at City of the Arts and Sciences. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, and then stroll through Playa Gandia.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Valencia driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Seville to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Playa Gandia
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Playa Gandia ©
Playa Gandia
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia

9
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Shop till you drop at Mercado San Miguel and El Rastro. You'll explore and learn at Royal Palace of Madrid and Diseno Propio. Artesania.. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (La Encina de Ortega, Catedral Primada, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, look for gifts at Lola Fonseca, make a trip to Gran Via, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Madrid vacation builder tool .

Getting from Valencia to Madrid by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valencia in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (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 Jan 21 — 30:
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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

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