16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Madrid
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Cordoba
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Seville
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
Lanzarote
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

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'll explore and learn at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alcazar de Segovia and Barrio de Salamanca. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, wander the streets of Gran Via, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid travel route planning app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 54°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Alcazar of Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cordoba tour planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

1
night
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 17th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the striking features of Catedral de Sevilla, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de España and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seville route builder website .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 45°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lanzarote.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Lanzarote

Lanzarote ©
Today, the entire island is a World Biosphere Reserve, with over 500 different kinds of plants, 17 of which are endemic.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fundacion Cesar Manrique and Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique. Explore hidden gems such as Cueva de los Verdes and El Lago Verde / Charco de los Clicos. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Papagayo Beach, Head underground at Los Hervideros, hunt for treasures at Teguise Market, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria de Arte Angel Cabrera.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lanzarote day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Seville to Lanzarote takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Lanzarote. Traveling from Seville in December, expect Lanzarote to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Lanzarote

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Cesar Manrique ©
Fundacion Cesar Manrique
Cueva de los Verdes ©
Cueva de los Verdes
Los Hervideros ©
Los Hervideros

4
nights
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vegueta and El Faro de Maspalomas. Head to Yumbo Centrum and Tresor Noirfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maspalomas: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Canteras Beach & Calle Triana). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Amadores, look for gifts at The Mint Company, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Palmitos Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Maspalomas road trip tool .

Getting from Lanzarote to Maspalomas by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in December, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Playa de Amadores, Tresor Noir, The Mint Company, Playa de Mogan
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan
Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach

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