12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Valencia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Cartagena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Granada
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Tarifa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Caceres
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Madrid
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then stroll around Parque del Retiro. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel route tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Bioparc Valencia.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Valencia online trip planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Valencia

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia

1
night
Cartagena

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Del Teatro Romano and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Cartagena travel planner.

Getting from Valencia to Cartagena by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo Del Teatro Romano ©
Museo Del Teatro Romano

1
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 19th (Mon), admire the striking features of Generalife, wander the streets of Albayzin, and then contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cartagena in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Granada, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

2
nights
Tarifa

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): hone your skills at Kite Local School and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Arroyo del Canuelo.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tarifa online route planner .

You can drive from Granada to Tarifa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Granada, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tarifa, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Adventure Classes

Side Trips

Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, Playa Arroyo del Canuelo
Highlights from your plan

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Plaza de España and then laugh and play at Isla Magica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville and then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

You can drive from Tarifa to Seville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tarifa in June, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Caceres.

Things to do in Seville

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Parque de Maria Luisa ©
Parque de Maria Luisa

1
night
Caceres

Caceres ©
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Torre de Bujaco, get all the information you need at Asociacion Guias de Turismo de Caceres, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Caceres.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Caceres trip planning app .

Drive from Seville to Caceres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Torre de Bujaco ©
Torre de Bujaco
Old Town of Caceres
Old Town of Caceres
Asociacion Guias de Turismo de Caceres ©

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour app .

Drive from Caceres to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Templo de Debod ©
Templo de Debod

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