18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain route planner

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Fly
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Madrid
— 3 nights
Train
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Valladolid
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Pamplona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zaragoza
— 2 nights
Train
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Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valencia
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Madrid

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Cibeles, then don't miss a visit to Puerta de Alcala, and finally explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, don't miss a visit to Calle Mayor, stroll around Parque Europa, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolis Building, and finally don't miss a visit to Paseo del Prado.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Tijuana, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tijuana to Madrid is 9 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tijuana in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. You'll set off for Valladolid on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Valladolid

— 3 nights

Land of Castles

A city of booming industry with a strong emphasis on leisure and cultural involvement, Valladolid is also known for its historical heritage and medieval feel.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza Mayor de Valladolid and Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valladolid: Catedral de Palencia (in Palencia), Becerril de Campos (San Pedro Cultural & Museo Arte Sacro) and Parque Tematico Del Mudejar De Castilla Y Leon (in Olmedo). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Escultura, brush up on your military savvy at Academia de Caballeria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Agustin Agustinos Filipinos, and admire the striking features of Palacio Real.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Valladolid road trip website.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get slightly colder in Valladolid: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pamplona.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pamplona

— 3 nights
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skicenter Astun and Fortress and Walls of Pamplona. Get out of town with these interesting Pamplona side-trips: Museo Fournier de Naipes de Alava (in Vitoria-Gasteiz) and Via Verde del Plazaola (in Lecumberri). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Castillo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Saturnino, and examine the collection at Museo Universidad de Navarra.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pamplona trip planner.

Getting from Valladolid to Pamplona by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Pamplona can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Pamplona

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Zaragoza

— 2 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Patio de la Infanta, see the interesting displays at Emoz, take in the views from Puente de Piedra, then make a trip to Palacio Real Maestranza de Caballeria Zaragoza, then examine the collection at Museo De Tapices Y Capitular De La Seo, and finally examine the collection at Caesaraugusta Forum Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo del Fuego y de los Bomberos, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Gargallo, then don't miss a visit to Calle Alfonso I, then get engrossed in the history at Alma Mater Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Santa Engracia Church.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zaragoza visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Pamplona to Zaragoza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Museums · Historic Sites

Barcelona

— 2 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 Parc Francesc Macia and Placa d'Espanya. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, have fun and explore at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zaragoza in December, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Valencia

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Valencia online holiday planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Valencia

Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours · Parks

Spain travel guide

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Churches · Beaches · 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.