17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Barcelona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Posada de Valdeon
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Santander
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bilbao
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madrid
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Ciutat Vella. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Ciutadella Park, make a trip to Placa Reial, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona journey tool.

Toronto, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Barcelona. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in March; daily highs in Barcelona reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Jaca

— 2 nights
Jaca is a city of northeastern Spain in the province of Huesca, located near the Pyrenees and the border with France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Skicenter Astun. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at El Sarcofago de Dona Sancha, admire the masterpieces at Museo Diocesano de Jaca - Arte Romanico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Jaca, then brush up on your military savvy at Ciudadela De Jaca, and finally fly down the slopes at Escuela de Ski de Jaca.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Jaca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Jaca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Posada de Valdeon.

Things to do in Jaca

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Posada de Valdeon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Mirador del Tombo, examine the collection at Museo Etnografico de Riano, then don't miss a visit to Santuario Virgen de la Velilla, and finally don't miss a visit to Museo del ferroviario.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Posada de Valdeon day trip planning site.

Drive from Jaca to Posada de Valdeon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. March in Posada de Valdeon sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Posada de Valdeon

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santander

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Prehistory and Archaeology Museum of Cantabria, admire the natural beauty at Jardines de Piquio, then head outdoors with Monumento Natural de las Sequoias del Monte Cabezon,, and finally admire the striking features of Ermita de la Virgen del Mar.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santander holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Posada de Valdeon to Santander takes 3 hours. Traveling from Posada de Valdeon in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santander, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Bilbao

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of La Salve zubia, get outside with San Mames Stadium, make a trip to Puerto Viejo, then get great views at Acantilados de Azkorri, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Coches Clasicos y Antiguos Torre Loizaga. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona, then pause for some photo ops at Puppy, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Diputacion.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bilbao journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santander to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Bilbao sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Madrid

— 3 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 Food Tours and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Mirador del Valle, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the striking features of Metropolis Building, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip maker site.

You can fly from Bilbao to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Spain travel guide

4.5
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.

Cantabria travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Zoos · Architectural Buildings
A region rich in archeological attractions, Cantabria is perhaps best known for Altamira cave, often called the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art." A land of lush vegetation and colorful artistic heritage, it’s also home to numerous nature reserves, mountain valleys, and short but very rapid rivers. Offering a little of everything, its sandy beaches and modern seaside resorts have brought about a boom in international tourism. Deeper inland, quiet country roads and an extensive network of trails offer a chance for leisurely sightseeing in this rugged region on foot, or by car or bicycle.