23 days in Spain Itinerary

23 days in Spain Itinerary

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23 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Shuttle:  14 h
1
Granada
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Cordoba
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Caceres
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Leon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Burgos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Zaragoza
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
8
Formentera
— 6 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Boston

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Ildefonso, then take a stroll through Albayzin, then wander the streets of Sacromonte, and finally appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Royal Chapel.

Before you visit Granada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Boston, USA to Granada is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Granada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in May, expect nights in Granada to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Iglesia de San Ildefonso ©
Iglesia de San Ildefonso
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, don't miss a visit to Roman Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally make a trip to Calleja de las Flores. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, then get to know the fascinating history of Calleja del Panuelo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Marina de Aguas Santas Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cordoba journey planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Granada in May: highs in Cordoba hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Calleja de las Flores ©
Calleja de las Flores

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Casa de Pilatos, admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, then wander the streets of Triana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Macarena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Colegial del Salvador, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip planner .

Getting from Cordoba to Seville by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Seville, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Caceres.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Iglesia Colegial del Salvador ©
Iglesia Colegial del Salvador
Basilica de la Macarena ©
Basilica de la Macarena

2
nights
Caceres

Caceres ©
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Star Archway (Arco de la Estrella), contemplate the long history of Casa del Aguila, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Montanchez, then contemplate the long history of Salvatierra de Santiago, and finally take a stroll through Historic Centre of Trujillo. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Marqueses de Torreorgaz, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Caceres, explore the historical opulence of Mayoralgo Palace, then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Hernando de Ovando, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palace Toledo-Moctezuma.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Caceres road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Seville to Caceres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Caceres are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Historic Centre of Trujillo
Highlights from your plan
Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) ©
Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch)
Historic Centre of Trujillo ©
Historic Centre of Trujillo
Old Town of Caceres
Old Town of Caceres

3
nights
Leon

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Visit Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral and Palacio de los Quinones for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon and Puente del Passo Honroso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leon: Villa Romana La Tejada (in Quintanilla de la Cueza), Iglesia de Santa Maria (in Pozuelo de Tabara) and Torrestio (in Torrestio). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Castillo de Grajal de Campos, delve into the mystery of Palacio de los Condes de Grajal, wander the streets of Plaza San Martin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Isidoro.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon route planner.

Drive from Caceres to Leon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, Leon is slightly colder than Caceres - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Burgos.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Grajal de Campos, Roman Villa La Tejada, Iglesia de Santa Maria, Puente del Passo Honroso, Palacio de los Quinones
Highlights from your plan
Plaza San Martin ©
Plaza San Martin
Roman Villa La Tejada ©
Roman Villa La Tejada
Iglesia de Santa Maria ©
Iglesia de Santa Maria

4
nights
Burgos

Burgos ©
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cartuja de Miraflores and Ermita de Santa Elena y Santa Centola. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monasterio de las Huelgas and Iglesia Catedralicia de San Hipolito el Real. Change things up with these side-trips from Burgos: Bodegas El Lagar de Isilla (in La Vid), Yacimiento Romano de Clunia (in Penalba de Castro) and Iglesia de Santa Maria (in Aranda de Duero). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Evolucion Humana, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Burgos, and steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Burgos.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Burgos trip builder .

You can drive from Leon to Burgos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Burgos, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Carrion de los Condes, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, Yacimiento Romano de Clunia, Bodegas El Lagar de Isilla, Iglesia de Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari
Monasterio de las Huelgas ©
Monasterio de las Huelgas
Capilla de Los Condestables ©
Capilla de Los Condestables

2
nights
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, then pause for some photo ops at Palacio de la Aljaferia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Antigua Facultad de Medicina, steep yourself in history at Universidad de Zaragoza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Engracia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Miguel de los Navarros, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza.

Plan a Zaragoza trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Burgos to Zaragoza takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Burgos in May, with highs in Zaragoza at 76°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Formentera.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza
Universidad de Zaragoza ©
Universidad de Zaragoza

6
nights
Formentera

Formentera ©
On holiday on Formentera, you'll enjoy the simple charms of island life.
Visit Castle of Ibiza and Cap de Barbaria for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cala Comte and Cala Bassa. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa de Migjorn, stroll through Playa Ses Platgetes, explore the historical opulence of Big Store, and take some stellar pictures from La Mola Lighthouse.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Formentera trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Zaragoza to Formentera in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. May in Formentera sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Formentera

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Castell de Eivissa, Cala Comte, Cala Bassa
Highlights from your plan
Cap de Barbaria ©
Cap de Barbaria
Platja de Migjorn ©
Platja de Migjorn
La Mola Lighthouse ©
La Mola Lighthouse

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