17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain tour planner

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Madrid
— 3 nights
Train
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Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive
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Bilbao
— 1 night
Drive
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Zaragoza
— 2 nights
Train
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Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valencia
— 1 night
Drive
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Granada
— 2 nights
Train
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Cordoba
— 2 nights
Train
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Seville
— 2 nights

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Madrid

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, walk around Casa de Campo, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary site.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. August in Madrid sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Valladolid.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Valladolid

— 1 night

Land of Castles

A city of booming industry with a strong emphasis on leisure and cultural involvement, Valladolid is also known for its historical heritage and medieval feel.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Centro de Iniciativas Turisticas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Pablo, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Escultura, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor de Valladolid, and finally walk around Campo Grande.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Valladolid online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Madrid in August, with highs in Valladolid at 34°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Bilbao

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 12th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, take in the views from Puente Zubizuri, then experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, then snap pictures at Vizcaya Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Valladolid to Bilbao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Valladolid in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bilbao, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Zaragoza

— 2 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Puente de Piedra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de Piedra, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Felix. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Pilar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zaragoza online journey planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to Zaragoza in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bilbao in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Zaragoza, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Barcelona

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stop by El Barri Gòtic, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona vacation planning app.

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Zaragoza, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Valencia

— 1 night

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Valencia trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Valencia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Granada

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

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 18th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Generalife and then admire the striking features of Alhambra. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Royal Chapel of Granada, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Valencia to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Valencia in August, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Cordoba

— 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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 20th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), get engrossed in the history at Calahorra Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba holiday planner.

You can take a train from Granada to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Granada in August: highs in Cordoba hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Seville

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta, then visit Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, make a trip to Torre del Oro, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa de Pilatos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville online trip maker.

Getting from Cordoba to Seville by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 23°C.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.