18 days in South of Spain Itinerary

18 days in South of Spain Itinerary

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18 days in South of Spain Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+4
subway + bus + Fly + bus + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Cordoba
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Antequera
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nerja
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Marbella
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Ronda
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Seville
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba travel route planner .

Washington DC, USA to Cordoba is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cordoba due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, things will get a bit warmer in Cordoba: highs are around 67°F and lows about 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antequera.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

1
night
Antequera

Antequera ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get outside with Penon de los Enamorados, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lobo Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at El Carmen Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at El Torcal de Antequera.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antequera trip planner .

You can drive from Cordoba to Antequera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antequera, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Antequera

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera
El Carmen Church ©
El Carmen Church
Penon de los Enamorados ©
Penon de los Enamorados

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sierra & Sol will get you outdoors. Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, pause for some serene contemplation at Camarin de la Virgen del Rosario, and wander the streets of Albayzin.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada online attractions planner .

Take a train from Antequera to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Antequera in March, with highs in Granada at 61°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

3
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Take a break from the city and head to Nerja Donkey Sanctuary and Jardin Botanico Detunda Cueva De Nerja. Get out of town with these interesting Nerja side-trips: Los Olivillos (in Competa), Ruta de la Pasa (in Comares) and Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion (in Velez-Malaga). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo, browse for treasures at Nerja Book Centre, kick back and relax at Papagayo Beach, and hunt for treasures at Nerja Market.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nerja journey planner .

Drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ruta de la Pasa, Los Olivillos, Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion
Highlights from your plan
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary ©
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo ©
Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo

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nights
Marbella

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Get outdoors at Experience Box Spain and Adventure Rider Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marbella: Safaris (in Mijas), Riding Fun In The Sun (in Casares) and Bikestardo (in La Cala de Mijas). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Montes de Malaga Natural Park, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get outside with Beach Fit Marbella, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marbella itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nerja in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Marbella, with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mijas, Fishing Charters & Tours, Riding Fun In The Sun, Montes de Malaga Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre
Riding Fun In The Sun ©
Riding Fun In The Sun
Montes de Malaga Natural Park ©
Montes de Malaga Natural Park

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo and Ermita Rupestre de la Virgen de la Cabeza. Get outdoors at Paddock Paradise Ronda and Climbing Tours. The adventure continues: stroll through Reservatauro Ronda, do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip planner .

Getting from Marbella to Ronda by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. March in Ronda sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

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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 will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Sevilla and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, identify plant and animal life at La Canada de Los Pajaros, and get outside with Paseo Alcalde Marques del Contadero.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip maker .

You can take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April in Seville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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