21 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

21 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
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Valladolid, Spain
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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Elizondo, Spain
— 1 night
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Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
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Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum and then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary site.

Aguascalientes, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Aguascalientes to Madrid is 7 hours. Traveling from Aguascalientes in January, you will find days in Madrid are much colder (12°C), and nights are slightly colder (2°C). On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums

Toledo, Spain

— 1 night

City of Three Cultures

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, and then examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Toledo visit site.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Toledo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cordoba.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Museums

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

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.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba online holiday builder.

Drive from Toledo to Cordoba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Toledo in January, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Granada, Spain

— 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the striking features of Alhambra, take in the views from Cuesta del Rey Chico, and then take a stroll through Albayzin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Granada by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in January: highs in Granada hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Malaga, Spain

— 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Take a break from the city and head to Experience Box Spain and Playa de la Cala Mijas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario de la Victoria and Teatro Romano. Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Cabopino Beach (in Marbella) and Nerja (Capistrano Playa, Burriana Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Malaga.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Malaga trip itinerary site.

Getting from Granada to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in January, expect Malaga to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Charles V Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Apes Den, then explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave, then get to know the fascinating history of Mediterranean Steps, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of The Moorish Castle Complex (The Tower of Homage and The Gate House), visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Catalan Bay, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Rock of Gibraltar.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gibraltar travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Gibraltar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Seville, Spain

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Palace Yanduri, then admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Mezquita de Sevilla.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville attractions planner.

Getting from Gibraltar to Seville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Seville when traveling from Gibraltar in January, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salamanca.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Salamanca, Spain

— 1 night

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Centro de Turismo Rural Valle Agadon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz, get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja).

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Salamanca journey maker app.

You can drive from Seville to Salamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Seville in January, expect Salamanca to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Valladolid, Spain

— 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Colegio de San Gregorio, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Escultura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pablo, then don't miss a visit to Ruta del Hereje, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Benito El Real.

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Traveling by car from Salamanca to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Museums

Bilbao, Spain

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa de Plentzia, enjoy the sand and surf at Sopelana Beach, then head outdoors with San Mames Stadium, and finally grab your bike and head to Ruta Lineal del Nervion.

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

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Bilbao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, Bilbao is somewhat warmer than Valladolid - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Elizondo.

Things to do in Bilbao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Elizondo, Spain

— 1 night
On the 25th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Cascada de Xorroxin, see human ingenuity at work at La Presa del Txokoto, then trek along Molino del Infierno/Infernuko, and finally stroll through Sendero Infernuko Erreka.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Elizondo online journey planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to Elizondo in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamplona.

Things to do in Elizondo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Pamplona, Spain

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pick up some new knowledge with Garrarte Artesanos, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Ignacio Capilla de Adoracion Perpetua, then take an unorthodox tour of Alto del Perdon, then get outside with Parque de Yamaguchi, and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona.

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

You can drive from Elizondo to Pamplona in an hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Elizondo in January; daily highs in Pamplona reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Valencia, Spain

— 1 night

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, explore the world behind art at Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Valencia trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Pamplona to Valencia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pamplona in January, things will get a bit warmer in Valencia: highs are around 20°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

On the 28th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in January, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

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.