21 days in Spain, Edinburgh & Rome Itinerary

21 days in Spain, Edinburgh & Rome Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Beadnell Bay Beach and St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spittal Beach and Mary Ann Rogers Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: The Parish Church of Saint Peter (in Chillingham), Muirfield - Home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (in Gullane) and Heatherslaw Cornmill (in Cornhill on Tweed). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary's Parish Church, Whitekirk, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, view the masterpieces at The Gallery, Melrose, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

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Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Malaga.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Malaga, Spain

— 4 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Explore hidden gems such as Kitty Harri's Sculpture Garden and Playa Rijana. Head to Mahatma Showroom and Gravura Taller de Grabadofor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malaga: Granada (Mirador de San Nicolas, Generalife, &more), Botanical Garden of Cacti and Succulent Plants 'Mora i Bravard' of Casarabonela (in Casarabonela) and Sierra De Las Nieves (in El Burgo). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Paraiso Beach Torremolinos, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba.

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You can fly from Edinburgh to Malaga in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Malaga is 1 hour. When traveling from Edinburgh in October, plan for much warmer days in Malaga, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 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.
Do your shopping at Museu Moli Paperer de Capellades and Villa del Arte Galleries. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ermita Sant Grau d'Ardenya and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Platja de Canyelles (in Lloret de Mar), Bufadors de Bevi (in Santa Maria de Besora) and Platja d’es Codolar (in Tossa de Mar). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Delta del Llobregat, take in the exciting artwork at Centre d'art Tecla Sala, and wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia.

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Fly from Malaga to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Malaga in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Castello Caetani and Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto. Get some historical perspective at Albaneto and Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Riserva Naturale Monte Velino (in Magliano de' Marsi), Lagustelli di Percile (in Percile) and Chiesa di San Francesco (in Leonessa). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Maioliche Pia, view the masterpieces at Trevimage, identify plant and animal life at Leo Wild Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Torre Paola.

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Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Barcelona in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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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.