30 days in Spain Itinerary

30 days in Spain Itinerary

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30 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  18​h
1
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Bilbao
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Barcelona
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h
5
Formentera
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Ibiza Town, Ibiza
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Seville
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
8
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Lope de Vega Museum. Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada. When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Balloon Rides in Segovia, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, head outdoors with Parque de la Bombilla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Madrid, and admire the majestic nature at la Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In October, daytime highs in Madrid are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Catedral Primada, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

3
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de Azkorri and Playa de Langre. Change things up with these side-trips from Bilbao: Cueva Covalanas (in Ramales de la Victoria) and Playa Primera de El Sardinero (in Santander). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo and stroll through Playa Verde.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Bilbao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de Langre, Playa Primera de El Sardinero, Cueva Covalanas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Primera de El Sardinero ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Concha Beach and Ondarreta Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parte Vieja and Castillo de la Mota. The adventure continues: stroll through Zurriola Beach, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take some stellar pictures from Monte Urgull.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach

5
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 Casa Batllo and Museu Picasso. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, and see what you can catch with Sailing Experience Barcelona.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Formentera.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Montgat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Formentera

Formentera ©
On holiday on Formentera, you'll enjoy the simple charms of island life.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Ses Illetes and Playa de Llevant. Get in touch with nature at Playa Ses Platgetes and Calo Des Mort. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de Migjorn, visit a coastal fixture at Cap de Barbaria, take some stellar pictures from Torre de sa Punta Prima, and stroll through Cala Saona.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Formentera travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Barcelona to Formentera takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Formentera are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Formentera

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Ses Illetes ©
Playa de Ses Illetes
Playa de Llevant ©
Playa de Llevant
Playa Ses Platgetes ©
Playa Ses Platgetes

3
nights
Ibiza Town, Ibiza

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Get some historical perspective at Castell de Eivissa and Puig de Missa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Platja de ses Salines and Ibiza Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Ibiza Town to Sant Antoni de Portmany to see Cala Bassa about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cala Comte, take a tour by water with Ibiza Boat Hire, have some family-friendly fun at Kentucky Derby, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cala Salada.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ibiza Town sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Formentera to Ibiza Town in 6 hours. October in Ibiza Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sant Antoni de Portmany, Santa Eulalia del Rio, Cala Comte
Highlights from your plan
Platja de ses Salines ©
Platja de ses Salines
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa
Cala Comte ©
Cala Comte

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.
Popular historic sites such as Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Catedral de Sevilla and Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, and see the interesting displays at Torre del Oro.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seville sightseeing planning tool .

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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 Dona Felisa Winery and Palacio de Mondragon. Get in touch with nature at El Tajo de Ronda and SierrAventura Ronda. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda, take a stroll through Old City, pedal to the sights with Cycleronda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Ronda, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
SierrAventura Ronda ©
SierrAventura Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, see the interesting displays at Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Generalife, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, then stroll through Burriana Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Granada day trip planning tool .

Getting from Ronda to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nerja
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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