8 days in Spain Itinerary

8 days in Spain Itinerary

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8 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Zaragoza
Train:  1 h 30 min
1
Madrid
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Seville
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
3
Ronda
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Nerja
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Granada
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Zaragoza

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 4th (Sat), walk around Parque del Retiro and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid tour itinerary builder.

Zaragoza to Madrid is an approximately 1.5- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Madrid are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, then make a trip to Plaza de España, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seville when traveling from Madrid in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

1
night
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 7th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Peinado, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz, examine the collection at Museo Lara, then explore by horseback at Paddock Paradise Ronda, then don't miss a visit to Puerta de Almocabar, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip planner.

Take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz ©
Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz
Museo Peinado ©
Museo Peinado

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Punta Lara, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Detunda Cueva De Nerja.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Nerja trip planner.

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 April, daytime highs in Nerja are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nerja Donkey Sanctuary ©
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
Punta Lara ©
Punta Lara

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night
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.
On the 9th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de los Aljibes, then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, and finally make a trip to Court of the Lions.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada itinerary maker website.

Drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Granada are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Court of the Lions ©
Court of the Lions

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.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll around Parc Guell, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona itinerary planner.

Getting from Granada to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. April in Barcelona sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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