18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly
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Madrid
— 3 nights
Train
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Cordoba
— 2 nights
Train
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Seville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 4 nights
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Barcelona

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Tossa de Mar (Art Gallery Blanco Grane - Tossa de Mar & Vila Vella (Old Town)) and Patronat Call de Girona (in Girona). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, shop like a local with Passeig de Gracia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Santuario San Jose de la Montana, and view the masterpieces at En construccio.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip site.

Mexico City, Mexico to Barcelona is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. While traveling from Mexico City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Madrid

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
For shopping fun, head to Gran Via or Memories of Madrid Tortilla Espanola. Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and The Walls of Avila. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Avila (Basilica de San Vicente, Catedral de Avila, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cordoba

— 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, then take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba, then get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Almodovar.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip maker website.

You can take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Madrid in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Seville

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, shop like a local with Antiguedades el Museo, then contemplate the long history of Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seville itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Granada

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Artesania Del Arbol, then stroll through Generalife, then contemplate the long history of Court of the Lions, and finally wander the streets of Albayzin.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Granada trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Seville to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Granada, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

— 4 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Vegueta and El Faro de Maspalomas will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa de Mogan and Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas. Explore Maspalomas' surroundings by going to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (El Antojito. Chocolates y mas delicias, Las Canteras Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Amadores, buy something for everyone on your list at Gran Chaparral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Caleta, and enjoy some diversion at Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Maspalomas travel route planner.

Fly from Granada to Maspalomas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Maspalomas is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Granada in May since evenings lows in Maspalomas dip to 20°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.