14 days in Spain Itinerary

14 days in Spain Itinerary

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14 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Bilbao
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Cudillero
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Toledo
— Few hours
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Major Synagogue, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then take in the waterfront at Port Vell, and finally take in the waterfront at Rambla del Mar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Palau Reial Major, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, then steep yourself in history at Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Lleo i Morera.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Barcelona attractions tool .

Washington DC, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. August in Barcelona sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
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Major Synagogue ©
Major Synagogue
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Port Vell ©
Port Vell

1
night
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 16th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Urdaibai Bird Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Plentzia, then take in the views from La Salve Bridge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion, take in the views from Puente Pedro Arrupe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Anton, and finally walk around Dona Casilda Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bilbao trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bilbao, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Urdaibai Bird Center
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Basilica of Begona ©
Basilica of Begona
Urdaibai Bird Center ©
Urdaibai Bird Center
Palacio de la Diputacion ©
Palacio de la Diputacion

2
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Calle San Pedro, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Deba, then steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Mota, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, step off the mainland to explore Santa Clara Island, and then get your game on at Let's get Basque!.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia online itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cudillero.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Calle San Pedro, Playa de Deba
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro
Playa de Deba ©
Playa de Deba
Miramar Palace ©
Miramar Palace

2
nights
Cudillero

Cudillero ©
Cudillero is a small village and municipality in the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Granja La Cuesta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita de la Regalina, then make a trip to Cabo Busto, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Oneta. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Mirador de la Garita-Atalaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus de Nazareno, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Tomas de Canterbury, then browse the exhibits of Faro de Cabo Penas, and finally stroll through Playa de Salinas.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cudillero tour website .

Drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Cudillero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, expect nights in Cudillero to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Cudillero

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Salinas, Cascadas de Oneta, Faro de Cabo Penas, Ermita de la Regalina, Church of Santo Tomas de Canterbury
Highlights from your plan
Cascadas de Oneta ©
Cascadas de Oneta
Faro de Cabo Penas ©
Faro de Cabo Penas
Granja La Cuesta ©
Granja La Cuesta

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Basilica de San Vicente and Barrio de Salamanca will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Convento de Santa Teresa in Avila--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around El Capricho Park, identify plant and animal life at Safari de Madrid, take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Sabatini.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid tour website .

Traveling by flight from Cudillero to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cudillero in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Avila, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente
Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Convento de Santa Teresa ©
Convento de Santa Teresa

few
hours
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): cruise along Barrancas de Burujon, admire the landmark architecture of El Pozo De Los Deseos, and then admire the striking features of Puerta del Sol.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Toledo journey site .

You can take a train from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Barrancas de Burujon
Highlights from your plan
El Pozo De Los Deseos ©
El Pozo De Los Deseos
Barrancas de Burujon ©
Barrancas de Burujon

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