16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain attractions planner

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Madrid
— 4 nights
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Valencia
— 3 nights
Fly to Santander Airport, Drive to Posada de Valdeon
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Posada de Valdeon
— 1 day
Drive
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Bilbao
— 3 nights
Fly
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Barcelona
— 3 nights
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Madrid

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Casco Historico de Toledo. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo & Puerta de Bisagra) and Cuenca (Casas Colgadas, Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, wander the streets of La Latina, and explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect nights in Madrid to be somewhat warmer, around 5°C, while days are warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Valencia

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Visiting Platja La Malvarrosa and Jardi del Turia will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats and Plaza de la Virgen. Next up on the itinerary: visit Casco Antiguo, examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia, make a trip to Plaza de la Reina, and contemplate the long history of Torres de Serranos.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Valencia attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Posada de Valdeon.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Posada de Valdeon

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Posada de Valdeon trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Valencia to Posada de Valdeon with the Route module. Traveling from Valencia in April, things will get a bit cooler in Posada de Valdeon: highs are around 19°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Posada de Valdeon

Nature · Parks

Bilbao

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Casco Viejo and Playa de Zarautz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parte Vieja and Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia. Change things up with these side-trips from Bilbao: Vivanco. Cultura de Vino (in Briones), Playa de Itzurun (in Zumaia) and Castillo de la Mota (in San Sebastian - Donostia). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A., snap pictures at Puente Pedro Arrupe, admire the striking features of La Salve zubia, and get outside with San Mames Stadium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bilbao trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Posada de Valdeon to Bilbao in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Posada de Valdeon in April since evenings lows in Bilbao dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bilbao

Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Barcelona

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Born. Step off the beaten path and head to Ciutat Vella and La Barceloneta. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Placa d'Espanya, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, and get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bilbao to Barcelona by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.