16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ronda
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
5
Seville
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Playa de La Barceloneta. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc Guell, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and have some family-friendly fun at The Witching Hour Room Escape.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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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 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then get your game on at El Reino Escape Room.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Granada tour planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Granada, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room

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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa El Salon. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Fuente del Esparto, don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Papagayo Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Capistrano Playa.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nerja road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Nerja takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Nerja, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): do a tasting at Cortijo Los Aguilares, do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, then do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, then explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Paseo Blas Infante, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and then get outside with Ronda Dressage.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ronda online trip planner .

You can drive from Nerja to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nerja in December: high temperatures in Ronda hover around 61°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Parks Nature
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Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de España.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

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nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Attractions like Parque del Retiro and Plaza de Oriente make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seville in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 51°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

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

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