17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Valencia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Zaragoza
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Navarrete
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Bilbao
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Matadero Madrid has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Catedral Primada in Toledo--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Estacion de Atocha, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Madrid sightseeing planning website .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in December, expect Madrid to be colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toValencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Natural de la Albufera, La Lonja de la Seda and Valencia Cathedral. On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at La Lonja de la Seda and then walk around Parque Natural de la Albufera.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Valencia driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Valencia, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 30th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then make a trip to Las Ramblas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
night
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza del Pilar and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zaragoza online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Zaragoza. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Navarrete.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©

1
night
Navarrete

Navarrete is a municipality of the autonomous community of La Rioja, Spain, with a population of 2,660 (as of January 2006) and an area of 28.49 km2. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Calle del Laurel and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Navarrete trip planner .

You can drive from Zaragoza to Navarrete in 2 hours. January in Navarrete sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Navarrete

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Logrono, Bodegas Fos, Bodegas Lecea
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Bodegas Lecea ©
Bodegas Lecea
Bodegas Fos ©
Bodegas Fos

1
night
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion and then wander the streets of Parte Vieja.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Navarrete to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2 hours. Traveling from Navarrete in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in San Sebastian - Donostia. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Neighborhoods
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Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Peine del Viento ©
Peine del Viento
Plaza de la Constitucion ©
Plaza de la Constitucion

2
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
When in Bilbao, make a side trip to see Peninsula of Magdalena in Santander, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, and have some family-friendly fun at Formula Racing.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao trip website .

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Peninsula of Magdalena
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena
Room Escape Games
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

3
nights
Madrid

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, then make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, then take a stroll through Gran Via, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then make a trip to Acueduct of Segovia, and finally step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Segovia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Madrid itinerary website .

Fly from Bilbao to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in January, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 2°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Segovia
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Walking tours
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia

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