17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain itinerary planner

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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
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Bilbao
— 3 nights
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Santander
— 4 nights
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Toledo
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Madrid
— 4 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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.
Step out of San Sebastian - Donostia to go to Hondarribia and see Historic Center of Hondarribia, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Parte Vieja, look for gifts at INKA&CO, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte Urgull.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip builder.

Barcelona to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (in Bermeo), Haro (Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. & Church of Santo Tomas) and Bodega Conde de los Andes (in Ollauri). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, get outside with Parapente Bizkaia, look for gifts at Paragueria Leoz, and catch some excitement at La Ribera Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bilbao journey builder app.

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. December in Bilbao sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Santander

— 4 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Explore Santander's surroundings by going to Museo de Altamira (in Santillana del Mar), El Capricho de Gaudi (in Comillas) and Playa de Langre (in Langre). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Peninsula of Magdalena. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, don't miss a visit to Puente Romano de Lierganes, sample the tasty concoctions at Smach Brewery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Destileria Siderit.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santander tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Bilbao to Santander takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December in Santander, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toledo.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toledo

City of Three Cultures

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Toledo online road trip planner.

Drive from Santander to Toledo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Toledo when traveling from Santander in December, with lows around 1°C. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Tours · Nightlife · Parks

Madrid

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Segovia (Mirador del Alcazar y los dos Valles, Acueduct of Segovia, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

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

Drive from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Madrid sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.