12 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

12 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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12 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
End: Madrid, Spain

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 10th (Fri): walk around Parc Guell, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then explore the galleries of Casa Batllo, and finally indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona journey planner .

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Barcelona is minus 9 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Valencia.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, then contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Micalet - Miguelete.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Valencia holiday builder website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Granada, Spain

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 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Generalife, then wander the streets of Albayzin, then steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada. On the next day, stop by Munira and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Granada day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Valencia to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Valencia in January, with highs in Granada at 14°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Gibraltar.

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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Grand Casemates Square, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rock of Gibraltar, then enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, then pause for some photo ops at Sikorski Memorial, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Gibraltar Botanic Gardens (The Alameda). Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at The Great Siege Tunnels, then identify plant and animal life at Apes Den, then take in the dramatic natural features at St. Michael's Cave, and finally wander the streets of Main Street.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gibraltar trip maker site .

Getting from Granada to Gibraltar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Granada in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Gibraltar: highs are around 19°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seville.

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The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave
Europa Point ©
Europa Point

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nights
Seville, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then make a trip to Plaza de España, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally admire the striking features of Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Gibraltar to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gibraltar in January since evenings lows in Seville dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Madrid.

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

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll around Parque del Retiro, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid online visit planner .

You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Madrid is little chillier than Seville - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

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