17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Valencia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Madrid
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Seville
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Chicago

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.
Family-friendly places like Parc Guell and Museu Maritim de Barcelona will thrill your kids. Let the collections at Museu Picasso and En construccio capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, hunt for treasures at Mercat del Art de la Placa de Sant Josep Oriol, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

Chicago, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 66°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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La Boqueria ©
La Boqueria
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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 30th (Thu), browse the different shops at Central Market of Valencia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Micalet - Miguelete, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia route planning app .

Getting from Barcelona to Valencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Royal Palace of Madrid and Parque del Retiro. Shop till you drop at Mercado San Miguel and Rio Creative Art Center. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, stop by Bronze & Mora, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and view the masterpieces at Diseno Propio. Artesania..

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner .

Take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

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
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
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.
Las Duenas has been added to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Scott Simpson Fine Art or La Tienda de Trinidad. Appreciate the collections at Delimbo and Museo Lara. Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Museo de la Piel de Ubrique (in Ubrique) and Museo Del Bandolero (in Ronda). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, make a trip to Puente de San Bernardo, and take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seville trip builder app .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in May since evenings lows in Seville dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ronda, Museo de la Piel de Ubrique
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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