12 days in Barcelona, Madrid & South of Spain Itinerary

12 days in Barcelona, Madrid & South of Spain Itinerary

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Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly
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Madrid
— 2 nights
Train
3
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train
4
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ronda
— 1 night
Drive
6
Benalmadena
— 1 night
Drive
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Granada
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Placa d'Espanya, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Ciutadella Park, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planner.

London, UK to Barcelona is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Barcelona is 1 hour. In April, Barcelona is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Madrid

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): make a trip to Puerta del Sol. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Madrid online attractions planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cordoba

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cairuan Street, don't miss a visit to Los Patios De San Basilio, admire the striking features of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then make a trip to Puerta del Almodovar, and finally admire the striking features of Posada del Potro.

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Take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Madrid in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena, then take in the views from Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana), then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally make a trip to Plaza de España. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then stop by Barrio Santa Cruz, then contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seville itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in May, plan for little chillier days in Seville, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ronda

— 1 night

City of Dreams

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 4th (Sat): make a trip to Ronda, then snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and then explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Ronda sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Benalmadena.

Things to do in Ronda

Nature · Parks

Benalmadena

— 1 night

Life of the Costa del Sol

Stretching from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range to the Mediterranean ocean, Benalmádena offers all the highlights of southern Spain: traditional whitewashed villages, beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, and strong Andalusian influence.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Benalmadena itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Ronda to Benalmadena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Benalmadena sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Benalmadena

Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Granada

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Granada online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Benalmadena to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Benalmadena in May, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks