22 days in Spain Itinerary

22 days in Spain Itinerary

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22 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  17 h
1
Salamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Seville
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Malaga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca and Ieronimus. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) and St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), stop by El Motin Del Te, steep yourself in history at Escuelas Menores, and admire the striking features of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salamanca day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Salamanca is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Salamanca is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Salamanca, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Catedral Primada. Change things up with a short trip to Lahperla in Toledo (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and wander the streets of Gran Via.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner .

Drive from Salamanca to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Salamanca in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Madrid, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla. Do your shopping at Delimbo and Sorolla Art Gallery. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, shop like a local with La Galeria Roja, take in the exciting artwork at Corral del Arte, and take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seville road trip planning app .

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seville, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Scott Simpson Fine Art and Bodega Garcia Hidalgo. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda and Casa Del Rey Moro are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto, delve into the distant past at Arco del Cristo, wander the streets of Old City, and don't miss a visit to Murallas de Levante.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda route planner.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Ronda are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Palacio de Congresos de Ronda ©
Palacio de Congresos de Ronda
Scott Simpson Fine Art ©
Scott Simpson Fine Art

2
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): shop like a local with Aceites Molisur, take in the exciting artwork at Mahatma Showroom, take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ifergan Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gravura Taller de Grabado. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Martin & Reich.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Malaga holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Malaga are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aceites Molisur, Galeria Martin & Reich
Highlights from your plan
Gravura Taller de Grabado ©
Gravura Taller de Grabado
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Museo Picasso Malaga ©
Museo Picasso Malaga

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.
Do your shopping at Reez and Milenium Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana and Archive Saint John of God Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and stroll through Generalife.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Malaga in October since evenings lows in Granada dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Picasso and MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip builder site .

You can fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in October, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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