13 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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13 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Columbus, United States
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 1 night
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Columbus, United States

3
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 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip planning website .

Columbus, USA to Seville is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Food Tours

1
night
Cordoba, 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then get a taste of life in the country at Entre Toros y Caballos, and then admire the striking features of Posada del Potro.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cordoba online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cordoba are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Tours

Side Trip

Entre Toros y Caballos
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Food Tours
Entre Toros y Caballos ©
Entre Toros y Caballos
Posada del Potro ©
Posada del Potro

1
night
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 6th (Wed): take a stroll through Albayzin and then head outdoors with Sierra & Sol.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner.

You can drive from Cordoba to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in May, you will find days in Granada are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

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Sierra & Sol ©
Sierra & Sol
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

2
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Victoria, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then get your game on at La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Río Chíllar, stroll around Parque La Bateria (Battery Park), then take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, and finally explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Malaga route builder tool .

You can drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Malaga when traveling from Granada in May, with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Marbella.

Things to do in Malaga

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Río Chíllar, Parque La Bateria (Battery Park)
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga ©
Río Chíllar ©
Río Chíllar

3
nights
Marbella, Spain

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Puente Nuevo and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marbella: Ronda (Reservatauro Ronda & Museo Lara) and Adventure Rider Centre (in Mijas Pueblo). The adventure continues: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, wander the streets of Marbella Old Town, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marbella trip maker tool .

Getting from Malaga to Marbella by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. May in Marbella sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Ronda, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Adventure Rider Centre
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Climbing Tours
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town

1
night
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 12th (Tue), walk around Commonwealth Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, and finally make a trip to The Rock of Gibraltar.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Gibraltar online road trip planner .

Drive from Marbella to Gibraltar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Gibraltar, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 61°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park
The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave

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