22 days in Spain Itinerary

22 days in Spain Itinerary

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22 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  3​h
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Valencia
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Cordoba
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Ronda
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
6
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Houston

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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutat Vella for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Born, walk around Parc Guell, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

Houston, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 71°F and lows are around 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Popular historic sites such as Castell de Bellver and Castell d Alaro are in your itinerary. Palau March Museu and Palau de l'Almudaina will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Palma de Mallorca's surroundings by going to Artestruz Mallorca (in Campos) and Torrent de Pareis (in Sa Calobra). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Calo Des Moro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Eulalia, contemplate the long history of Sa Llotja, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Sant Francesc.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Palma de Mallorca can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valencia.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castell d Alaro, Artestruz Mallorca, Torrent de Pareis
Highlights from your plan
Calo Des Moro ©
Calo Des Moro
Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Sa Llotja ©
Sa Llotja

3
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Faller de Valencia and Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia. Get some historical perspective at La Lonja de la Seda and Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valencia: Javea (Playa La Granadella & Arenal Beach) and Valor Chocolate Museum (in Villajoyosa). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), examine the collection at L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Valencia online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Palma de Mallorca to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Javea, Valor Chocolate Museum
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Beach ©
Arenal Beach
Playa La Granadella ©
Playa La Granadella
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and Fortaleza de la Mota are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cordoba: Terra Oleum Museo Activo Del Aceite De Oliva (in Mengibar) and Barrio de la Villa (in Priego de Cordoba). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Roman Bridge, steep yourself in history at Casa Andalusi, examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba road trip tool .

Getting from Valencia to Cordoba by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Ronda.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Terra Oleum Museo Activo Del Aceite De Oliva, Fortaleza de la Mota, Barrio de la Villa
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 11th (Thu), get great views at Mirador de Aldehuela and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Paz, see the interesting displays at Museo Peinado, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion del Vino, examine the collection at Museo Lara, then steep yourself in history at Puerta de Almocabar, and finally wander the streets of Old City.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ronda tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cordoba in June, expect nights in Ronda to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 89°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old City ©
Old City
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alcazar de Segovia and Catedral de Segovia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and The Walls of Avila. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Avila (Basilica de San Vicente, The Four Posts, & more). There's still lots to do: get your game on at EXIT Madrid, examine the collection at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planning website .

You can take a train from Ronda to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June in Madrid, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 61°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia
Highlights from your plan
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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