22 days in Barcelona, Andalucia & Madrid Itinerary

22 days in Barcelona, Andalucia & Madrid Itinerary

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22 days in Barcelona, Andalucia & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Barcelona
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Cordoba
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Seville
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Ronda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tarifa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Malaga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Madrid
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Dubai

1
night
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally take a stroll around CaixaForum. On your second day here, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Barcelona is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Barcelona, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Victoria, wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Cordoba road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Barcelona to Cordoba takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Cordoba sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

4
nights
Seville

Seville ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional de Donana and Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Do your shopping at Zaguan 24 and Un Gato en Bicicleta. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, look for gifts at Las Moradas, Artesania Andalusi, and admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Donana
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
You'll explore and learn at Grabados Somera and Museo Peinado. Get some cultural insight at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto and Alcasaba de Ronda. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at SierrAventura Ronda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ronda tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Ronda, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tarifa.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
SierrAventura Ronda ©
SierrAventura Ronda
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

2
nights
Tarifa

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
On the 9th (Wed), head outdoors with Landsailing Tarifa, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, then kick back and relax at Playa Bolonia, and finally stroll through Los Lances Beach. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa de Valdevaqueros, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarifa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Tarifa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ronda in January, Tarifa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar, Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia
Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar ©
Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mijas Magic and Mercado Central de Atarazanas. Escape the urban bustle at El Torcal Natural Park and Burriana Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malaga: Recuerdame (in Mijas Pueblo) and Nerja (Nerja Markets & DEGUSTA ANDALUCIA). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, hunt for treasures at Calle San Miguel, stop by The Smile Bank, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga route builder .

Drive from Tarifa to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tarifa in January since evenings lows in Malaga dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nerja, Mijas, El Torcal de Antequera, Calle San Miguel
Highlights from your plan
Mercado Central de Atarazanas ©
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera

3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Head to Munira and Subterraneafor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Fundación Cueva de Nerja and Jardin Botanico Detunda Cueva De Nerja. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, get curious at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), get engrossed in the history at Archive Saint John of God Museum, and contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Granada day trip planning app .

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in January, expect Granada to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nerja
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 17th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, then explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Faunia, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

You can fly from Granada to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Penalara Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel

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