12 days in Spain, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

12 days in Spain, Santorini & Mykonos Itinerary

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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights


Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and browse the exhibits of Nikola's Art Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fira tour itinerary planning app.

Denver, USA to Fira is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Fira, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Fira: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 1 night

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Granada.
Neighborhoods · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Granada, Spain — 1 night

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths, explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then wander the streets of Albayzin.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Granada online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Granada in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in October, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Granada. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ronda.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Fun & Games
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Ronda, Spain — 2 nights

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 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Casa Del Rey Moro, then explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, then take a stroll through Old City, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Roman Bridge, explore the ancient world of Baños Arabes, then see the interesting displays at Museo Lara, then snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and finally don't miss a visit to Ronda.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip planning tool.

You can drive from Granada to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. October in Ronda sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seville.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seville day trip planning website.

Getting from Ronda to Seville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Mykonos travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

Spain travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.