28 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

28 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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28 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
8
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Dallas, United States

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and En construccio. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batllo and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Vila Vella (Old Town) in Tossa de Mar, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Barcelona tour itinerary planner .

Dallas, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, things will get a bit cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 84°F and lows about 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
For shopping fun, head to Cava Baja Gallery or Barrio de Salamanca. Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno) and Plaza mayor de Chinchon (in Chinchon). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, take an in-depth tour of Naval Museum, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Alberche, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): shop like a local with Central Market (Mercado Central), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Grail, then contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Patacona. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castell de Xativa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, then wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen, and finally see the interesting displays at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days in Valencia, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de la Patacona, Castell de Xativa
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Chapel of the Holy Grail ©
Chapel of the Holy Grail
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

2
nights
Granada, Spain

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 24th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Palacio de Alcazar Genil, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadix Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, and finally contemplate the long history of La Madraza.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Valencia to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. While traveling from Valencia, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Granada, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Guadix Cathedral
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

3
nights
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Escape the urban bustle at St. Michael's Cave and The Rock of Gibraltar. Your inner history buff will appreciate Europa Point and Grand Casemates Square. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at The Great Siege Tunnels, stroll around Commonwealth Park, identify plant and animal life at Upper Rock Nature Reserve, and take a stroll through Main Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gibraltar tour site .

You can drive from Granada to Gibraltar in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Granada in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gibraltar: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Nature Wildlife
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St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave
The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
The Great Siege Tunnels ©
The Great Siege Tunnels

2
nights
Seville, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

You can drive from Gibraltar to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Gibraltar in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Seville, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España

2
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Catedralicio, admire the landmark architecture of Gelmirez Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de San Fructuoso, examine the collection at Museo das Peregrinacións, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas, contemplate the long history of Enxebre, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Casa de la Troya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Compostela trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Santiago de Compostela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in July, things will get slightly colder in Santiago de Compostela: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites Museums
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Igreja de San Fructuoso ©
Igreja de San Fructuoso
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas ©

4
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Basque Coast Geopark. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Center of Hondarribia and Casco Viejo. Change things up with these side-trips from San Sebastian - Donostia: Museo del Ferrocarril (in Azpeitia), Ermita de San Telmo (in Zumaia) and La Ribera Market (in Bilbao). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Parte Vieja, explore the world behind art at San Telmo Museoa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in August, San Sebastian - Donostia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Bilbao, Historic Center of Hondarribia, Museo del Ferrocarril, Ermita de San Telmo
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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