17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ronda
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Seville
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Bring the kids along to Parc Guell and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Boqueria and Base Elements Urban Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, take in the exciting artwork at MACBA- Museo de Arte Moderno de Barcelona, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and examine the collection at Espais Volart.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alhambra and Albayzin. Shop till you drop at Reez and Ayuntamiento de Granada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Nerja (Burriana Beach & Nerja Market). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Milenium Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, buy something for everyone on your list at Nevada Shopping Centre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Granada holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect little chillier with lows of 36°F in Granada. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 23rd (Mon), take a memorable tour with La Ciudad, do a tasting at Bodega Kieninger, then learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Descalzos Viejos S.L.. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Old City, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Congresos de Ronda, then do a tasting at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, and finally shop like a local with Scott Simpson Fine Art.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda travel planner.

Drive from Granada to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in December since evenings lows in Ronda dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Neighborhoods Tours
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
Old City ©
Old City

3
nights
Seville

Seville ©
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.
Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Un Gato en Bicicleta and Delimbo. There's lots more to do: get great views at Catedral de Sevilla, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antiguedades el Museo, and take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria Roja.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seville trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Seville are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and ABC Serranofor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the activities along Retiro Park, take a stroll through Gran Via, and get a taste of the local shopping with Barrio de Salamanca.

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Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in December, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 54°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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