23 days in Spain Itinerary

23 days in Spain Itinerary

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23 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + Shuttle:  19 h 45 min
1
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Cordoba
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Avila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Leon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Burgos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Zaragoza
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  26 h
End: Phoenix

2
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.
Visit Basilica de San Juan de Dios and Alhambra for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Albayzin and Cathedral and Royal Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcon de Europa). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Granada online trip itinerary maker .

Phoenix, USA to Granada is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in October: high temperatures in Granada hover around 76°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nerja
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mezquita-Catedral De Cordoba and Colegiata de Osuna. You'll explore and learn at Sala el Potro and Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia. Venture out of the city with trips to Perez Barquero Winery (in Montilla), Osuna (Museo de Osuna & Monasterio de la Encarnacion) and Carmona (Plaza San Fernando & Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, Carmona). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), admire the striking features of Posada del Potro, contemplate the long history of Plaza del Potro, and do a tasting at Bodegas Campos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba visit planning website .

You can drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Granada in October: highs in Cordoba hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Avila.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Osuna, Carmona, Perez Barquero
Highlights from your plan
Colegiata de Osuna ©
Colegiata de Osuna
Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda ©

2
nights
Avila

Avila ©
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica de San Vicente and Convento de Santa Teresa. Get some cultural insight at Old City and The Walls of Avila. Explore Avila's surroundings by going to Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia), Fundacion Museo de las Ferias (in Medina del Campo) and Museo de Mariemma (in Iscar). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of San Segundo, and see the interesting displays at Convento de San Jose - Museo Teresiano.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Avila vacation site .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Avila takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cordoba in October: high temperatures in Avila hover around 69°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Avila

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Segovia, Museo de Mariemma, Fundacion Museo de las Ferias
Highlights from your plan
Parish of St. Peter the Apostle ©
Parish of St. Peter the Apostle
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente
Convento de Santa Teresa ©
Convento de Santa Teresa

4
nights
Leon

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra and Penalba de Santiago. Plaza San Martin and Monasterio de San Juan de Corias are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena (in Pola de Lena), Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno (in Langreo) and San Julian de los Prados (in Oviedo). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Isidoro, see the interesting displays at Fundación Sierra Pambley, and explore the historical opulence of Diputación Provincial De León.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Leon online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Avila to Leon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avila in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Leon: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Burgos.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra, Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno, San Julian de los Prados, Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena, Monasterio de San Juan de Corias
Highlights from your plan
Centro de Interpretacion Del Leon Romano ©
Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra ©
Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra
Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno ©
Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno

4
nights
Burgos

Burgos ©
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Visit Yacimiento Romano de Clunia and Castle of the Dukes of Frias for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Centro de Arqueologia Experimental (Carex) and Museo Provincial del Vino. Venture out of the city with trips to Ermita de Santa Maria de la Hoz (in Tobera), Monasterio de San Salvador (in Ona) and Aranda de Duero (Iglesia de Santa Maria & Don Carlos Bodega Historica). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Bodegas Legaris, don't miss a visit to Territorio Artlanza, stroll through Parque de la Isla, and steep yourself in history at Monasterio de Santa Maria de La Vid.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Burgos online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Leon to Burgos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Burgos are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Aranda de Duero, Museo Provincial del Vino, Monasterio de San Salvador, Castle of the Dukes of Frias, Bodegas Legaris
Highlights from your plan
Monasterio de San Salvador ©
Monasterio de San Salvador
Monasterio de Santa Maria de La Vid ©
Castle of the Dukes of Frias ©
Castle of the Dukes of Frias

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de San Felix and Bodegas San Alejandro. Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa Medieval de Montanana and Huesca Cathedral. When in Zaragoza, make a side trip to see Colegiata del Santo Sepulcro in Calatayud, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Daroca, see the interesting displays at Caesaraugusta Theater Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Gargallo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zaragoza trip site .

Traveling by car from Burgos to Zaragoza takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Burgos in October, things will get a bit warmer in Zaragoza: highs are around 74°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Huesca, Iglesia de San Felix, Bodegas San Alejandro, Colegiata del Santo Sepulcro
Highlights from your plan
Daroca ©
Daroca
Museo Pablo Gargallo ©
Museo Pablo Gargallo
Huesca Cathedral ©
Huesca Cathedral

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