12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  10 h
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Granada
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
End: Abu Dhabi

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Experience Personal Shopping with Marta as well as Mercat de Sants. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Barri Gòtic and Vila Vella (Old Town). Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Santa Coloma de Cervello to see Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, shop like a local with En construccio, and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planning site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Barcelona is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in March: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermita de Gracia – Iglesia Cueva de Guadix, contemplate the long history of Centro de Interpretacion Cuevas de Guadix, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadix Cathedral, and finally visit Albayzin.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in April since evenings lows in Granada dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Guadix
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Seville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Barrio de Salamanca and Cava Baja Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Alcazar of Segovia and The Walls of Avila. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia), Basilica de San Vicente (in Avila) and Plaza mayor de Chinchon (in Chinchon). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour planner .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente

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