12 days in South of Spain Itinerary

12 days in South of Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of Spain trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Seville
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ronda
— 1 night
Drive
3
Marbella
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Granada
— 2 nights
Train
6
Cordoba
— 2 nights
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Seville

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Sevilla, then contemplate the long history of Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, then contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Ceramicas Sevilla.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Seville is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Seville due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Seville hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 19th (Thu): ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, then explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, then take in the exciting artwork at Scott Simpson Fine Art, and finally stop by ArtesamArt.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Ronda trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Marbella

— 2 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Gravura Taller de Grabado, pick up some local products at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, then take a stroll through La Carihuela, and finally stroll around Parque De La Paloma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Eco Reserva Ojen, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Vintage Deja Vu, then take a stroll through Marbella Old Town, then identify plant and animal life at Born to be Wild, and finally head outdoors with Experience Box Spain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marbella online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Marbella are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Marbella

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, hunt for treasures at Nerja Market, stroll through Burriana Beach, then stroll through Capistrano Playa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Papagayo Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, take in panoramic vistas at Balcony of Europe, then get lost in a book at Nerja Book Centre, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Salon.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nerja travel planner.

Getting from Marbella to Nerja by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Alhambra, make a trip to Carrera del Darro, admire the striking features of Royal Chapel of Granada, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios. On your second day here, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jerome Monastery, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, stop by Galeria Alea, then visit Albayzin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Granada tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Granada are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Cordoba

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Tienda Gourmet Casa Pedro, don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Almodovar, then examine the collection at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, and then take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Granada to Cordoba by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Granada, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip