18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain journey planner

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Madrid
— 5 nights
Fly
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Barcelona
— 4 nights
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Granada
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valencia
— 4 nights
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Madrid

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Walls of Avila and Historic Walled Town of Cuenca. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Basilica de San Vicente. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Avila (Iglesia de Santo Tome el Viejo, Catedral de Avila, &more), Cuenca (Casas Colgadas, Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol, &more) and Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Madrid attractions planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: highs in Madrid hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Barcelona

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barcelona Cathedral and Fishing Charters & Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Parc de Montjuic and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona travel route planner.

Fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

Granada

— 4 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Explore hidden gems such as Royal Chapel of Granada and Hammam Al Andalus Granada. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alhambra and Saint Jerome Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, wander the streets of Calle Elvira, don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, and steep yourself in history at Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Granada when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Spas

Valencia

— 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Visit Playa Gandia and Platja La Malvarrosa for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza de la Virgen and Torres de Serranos. Step out of Valencia to go to Gandia and see Insignia Collegiate Church of Gandia, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, make a trip to Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat), examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia, and contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Valencia driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Granada to Valencia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Spain travel guide

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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.