13 days in Spain Itinerary

13 days in Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Granada
1
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Guadix
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Alicante
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Valencia
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
6
Madrid
— 4 nights
End: Madrid

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of La Madraza and then take in breathtaking views at Los Cahorros. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, then take a stroll through Sacromonte, then stop by Tienda Souvenirs La Alborea, and finally stop by Patio de los Perfumes.

Before you visit Granada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Málaga Airport, Almería International Airport and Sevilla Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Guadix.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Los Cahorros
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La Madraza ©
La Madraza
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Patio de los Perfumes ©
Patio de los Perfumes

1
night
Guadix

Guadix ©
Guadix, a city of southern Spain, in the province of Granada; on the left bank of the river Guadix, a sub-tributary of the Guadiana Menor, and on the Madrid-Valdepeñas-Almería railway. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadix Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Santiago Apostol, then explore the fascinating underground world of ​​Cueva Museo, and finally enjoy some diversion at pub nabat.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Guadix holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Granada to Guadix. In December in Guadix, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Guadix

Historic Sites Nightlife Nature

Side Trip

​​Cueva Museo
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Guadix Cathedral ©
Guadix Cathedral
​​Cueva Museo ©
​​Cueva Museo
Iglesia de San Miguel ©
Iglesia de San Miguel

2
nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isla del Fraile and Colegiata de San Patricio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Arqueologico Municipal and Museo Paso Blanco. Explore Cartagena's surroundings by going to Murcia (Templo de San Juan de Dios, Santa Clara Monastery & Museum, & more). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Espacio Mediterraneo Centro Comercial y de Ocio, examine the collection at Punic Wall, make a trip to Palacio Consistorial, and explore the ancient world of Casa De La Fortuna.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena attractions planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Guadix to Cartagena. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Guadix in December; daily highs in Cartagena reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Alicante.

Things to do in Cartagena

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Murcia, Lorca, Isla del Fraile
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Santa Clara Monastery & Museum ©
Santa Clara Monastery & Museum
Museo Paso Blanco ©
Museo Paso Blanco
Casa de la Fortuna ©
Casa de la Fortuna

1
night
Alicante

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Carabassi, step off the mainland to explore Yacimiento Arqueologico La Illeta dels Banyets, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina (MUBAG).

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Alicante trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Cartagena to Alicante in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Alicante are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Alicante

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yacimiento Arqueologico La Illeta dels Banyets, Playa El Carabassi
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Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina (MUBAG) ©

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): savor the flavors at Mercado Colon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Gandia, then steep yourself in history at Torres de Serranos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Grail, then wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castell de Xativa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Valencia trip planner .

You can take a train from Alicante to Valencia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Castell de Xativa, Playa Gandia
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Castell de Xativa ©
Castell de Xativa
Chapel of the Holy Grail ©
Chapel of the Holy Grail

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Iglesia del Salvador for their historical value. Get outdoors at Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park and Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú. Venture out of the city with trips to Avila (The Four Posts & Cathedral of Avila) and Toledo (Jacinta & Maria Chocolates, La Encina de Ortega, & more). There's more to do: take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca and revel in the low prices at Las Rozas Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Valencia, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toledo, Avila, Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park, Iglesia del Salvador, Las Rozas Village
Highlights from your plan
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca
Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park ©
Jacinta & Maria Chocolates ©
Jacinta & Maria Chocolates

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