17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Cuenca
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Elche
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Valencia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Montreal

5
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral de Segovia are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Prado National Museum and Alcazar de Segovia. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, & more) and Avila (The Walls of Avila & Basilica de San Vicente). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, shop like a local with Cava Baja Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Museo Cerralbo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid road trip planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in October; daily highs in Madrid reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Cuenca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Avila
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

2
nights
Cuenca

Cuenca ©
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain. On the 14th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Museo Tesoro Catedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casas Colgadas, examine the collection at Museo Fundacion Antonio Perez, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De Cuenca, and finally wander the streets of Los Rascacielos de Cuenca Barrio San Martin. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de las Ciencias de Castilla la Mancha en Cuenca, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Paleontologia de Castilla-La Mancha, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cuenca trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Madrid to Cuenca in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Elche.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Catedral De Cuenca ©
Catedral De Cuenca
Museo Tesoro Catedral ©
Museo Tesoro Catedral
Museo Fundacion Antonio Perez ©
Museo Fundacion Antonio Perez

2
nights
Elche

Elche ©
Elche, or Elx, is a town located in the comarca of Baix Vinalopó, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Palmeral Huerto de San Placido, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardín Huerto del Cura, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico e historico de Elche (MAHE), then take some stellar pictures from Torre de la Calahorra, then stroll around Palmeral of Elche, and finally head outdoors with Parque Municipal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Pedro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Santa Magdalena, then stroll through Playa El Carabassi, and finally don't miss a visit to Misteri D'Elx.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Elche trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Cuenca to Elche takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Elche sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Elche

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Novelda
Highlights from your plan
Jardín Huerto del Cura ©
Jardín Huerto del Cura
Santuario Santa Magdalena ©
Santuario Santa Magdalena
Parroquia de San Pedro ©
Parroquia de San Pedro

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 18th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Castell de Xativa, then take a stroll through Casco Antiguo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, and finally examine the collection at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market of Valencia, take an in-depth tour of Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina, then take in the exciting artwork at Botique Museo Lladro, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Valencia online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Elche to Valencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Valencia sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Castell de Xativa
Highlights from your plan
Castell de Xativa ©
Castell de Xativa
Casco Antiguo ©
Casco Antiguo

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Casa Batllo and Opera Lounge will appeal to museum buffs. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Lloret de Mar (Parish Church of Sant Roma & Fenals Beach), Girona (Girona Cathedral (Catedral), Patronat Call de Girona, & more) and Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

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You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Girona, Lloret de Mar, Anfiteatro de Tarragona
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach

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