16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Ronda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Granada
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Barcelona
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Catedral Primada). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid tour itinerary site .

Washington DC, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Madrid. Traveling from Washington DC in May, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seville online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reservatauro Ronda, then head outdoors with Ronda Dressage, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, and finally don't miss a visit to Ronda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Puente Nuevo, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda, and then get great views at Mirador de los Viajeros Romanticos.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ronda journey maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Ronda sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Alberquilla, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Molino de Papel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, make a trip to Balcon de Europa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador, and finally kick back and relax at Playa El Salon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nerja online trip planner .

You can drive from Ronda to Nerja in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Playa del Molino de Papel ©
Playa del Molino de Papel
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Albayzin, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, and finally steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Granada trip planner .

Drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

Getting from Granada to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Granada in May, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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