16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly
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Granada
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ronda
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Seville
— 2 nights
Train
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Madrid
— 3 nights
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Barcelona

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Casa Batllo, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Barcelona, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Granada

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

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): explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces, then contemplate the long history of Alhambra, and then steep yourself in history at Generalife. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then have fun at El Reino Escape Room.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Nerja

— 2 nights
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 28th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Salon. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Fuente del Esparto, make a trip to Balcony of Europe, then kick back and relax at Papagayo Beach, and finally stroll through Capistrano Playa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nerja online trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Nerja by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Nerja sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Ronda

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 30th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Cortijo Los Aguilares, do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, then take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally get great views at Mirador de Aldehuela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mirador Paseo Blas Infante and then snap pictures at Puente Nuevo.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nerja to Ronda by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, Ronda is somewhat warmer than Nerja - with highs of 61°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Seville

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville. On the next day, admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

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You can drive from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Seville, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Madrid

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Attractions like Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, stroll through Casa de Campo, and make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

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You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 51°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.