16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Malaga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Granada
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Cordoba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Nerja
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You've added Old Fashioned Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar, La Bodega Flamenca, La Barceloneta, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta and then have a few drinks at Old Fashioned Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, and then take in a show at La Bodega Flamenca.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona sightseeing planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Barcelona is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Barcelona, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in October; daily highs in Barcelona reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Nightlife Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Playa de La Barceloneta ©
Playa de La Barceloneta

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alcazar de Segovia and Gran Via. Visiting Ruta los Oficios de la Vida and Playa del Alberche will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Synagogue of Saint Mary the White & Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes) and Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Madrid. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo, Ruta los Oficios de la Vida, Playa del Alberche
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Alcázar of Seville and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Espana, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, then examine the collection at Hospital los Venerables, and finally admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in October; daily highs in Seville reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España

2
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre, then kick back and relax at Playa El Bajondillo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Carihuela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Malagueta, and then explore the galleries of Alcazaba.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga trip generator.

Getting from Seville to Malaga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Torremolinos
Highlights from your plan
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Playa El Bajondillo ©
Playa El Bajondillo
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a stroll through Sacromonte, admire the striking features of Generalife, and then explore the stunning scenery at Los Cahorros. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Las Alpujarras, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then wander the streets of Albayzin.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in November, things will get a bit cooler in Granada: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Generalife ©
Generalife
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

1
night
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolome, wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Casa de Sefarad, then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cordoba itinerary planner.

Getting from Granada to Cordoba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Cordoba, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Casa de Sefarad ©
Casa de Sefarad

1
night
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. On the 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nerja itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cordoba to Nerja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nerja, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nerja

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of El Salvador ©
Church of El Salvador
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at El Cafè de la Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa de Sitges.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nerja to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Nerja in November, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

La Playa de Sitges
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
La Playa de Sitges ©
La Playa de Sitges
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

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