31 days in Spain Itinerary

31 days in Spain Itinerary

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31 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
2
Madrid
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Salamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Leon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sarria
— 11 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Portomarin
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Palas de Rei
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Melide
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Arzua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Santiago de Compostela
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. Let the collections at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Cava Baja Gallery capture your imagination. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Casco Historico de Toledo in Toledo--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel and don't miss a visit to Gran Via.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Madrid. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in September; daily highs in Madrid reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Casco Historico de Toledo
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Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, then take in the exciting artwork at Diseno Propio. Artesania., and finally admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Diseno Propio. Artesania. ©
Diseno Propio. Artesania.

2
nights
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), steep yourself in history at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Salamanca,Casco Historico. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at Salamanca Central Market, steep yourself in history at Casa de las Conchas, stop by El Motin Del Te, then get a sense of history and politics at Universidad de Salamanca, and finally admire the striking features of Escuelas Menores.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Salamanca itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Salamanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Salamanca, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

1
night
Leon

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. On the 8th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Panteon San Isidoro de Leon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza San Martin.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Leon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Salamanca in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Leon: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Sarria.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon ©
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos ©
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos

11
nights
Sarria

Sarria ©
Sarria is a municipality in the province of Lugo, northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Take a break from the city and head to Parque Natural O Invernadeiro and Playa de Navia. Museo Etnografico de Grandas de Salime and Museo de Arte Sacro MM Clarisas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarria: Parada de Sil (Monasterio de Santa Cristina, Ecos da Pedra, & more), Castillo de Monterrey (in Monterrei) and Taramundi (Museo Etnografico de M. Lombardia & Conjunto Etnografico de Teixois). There's much more to do: stroll through Ruta de La Cascada Seimeira, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria, examine the collection at Museo Etnografico del Pan, and identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Integral de Muniellos.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarria driving holiday planner .

Drive from Leon to Sarria in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Leon in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Sarria. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Portomarin.

Things to do in Sarria

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parada de Sil, Monforte de Lemos, Luarca, Cangas del Narcea, Taramundi
Highlights from your plan
Ruta de La Cascada Seimeira ©
Ruta de La Cascada Seimeira
Parque Natural O Invernadeiro ©
Parque Natural O Invernadeiro
Museo Etnografico de Grandas de Salime ©

1
night
Portomarin

Portomarin ©
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to San Nicolas de Portomarin, make a trip to Castro de Castromaoior, and then take in the views from New Bridge and Bridge Vella.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Portomarin trip itinerary planning tool .

Portomarin is very close to Sarria. In September in Portomarin, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Palas de Rei.

Things to do in Portomarin

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castro de Castromaoior ©
Castro de Castromaoior
New Bridge and Bridge Vella ©
New Bridge and Bridge Vella

1
night
Palas de Rei

Palas de Rei
On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at La Peneda Monterroso and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Islas.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Palas de Rei vacation builder app .

Palas de Rei is very close to Portomarin. In September, daily temperatures in Palas de Rei can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Melide.

Things to do in Palas de Rei

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Praia das Illas, La Peneda Monterroso

5
nights
Melide

Melide ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de Santa María de Melide and Iglesia de Santa María de Leboreiro. Visiting Lagoa de Sobrado and Fraga de Catasos will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pontonas Riverside Walk (in Lalin), Terra Cha, en donde nace Galicia (in Guitiriz) and Mosteiro de Santa María de Sobrado (in Sobrado).

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melide road trip planning tool .

Melide is very close to Palas de Rei. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Arzua.

Things to do in Melide

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lalin, Sobrado, Terra Cha, Lake As Pontes
Highlights from your plan
Lagoa de Sobrado ©
Lagoa de Sobrado
Iglesia de Santa María de Melide ©
Iglesia de Santa María de Melide
Iglesia de Santa María de Leboreiro ©

1
night
Arzua

Arzua ©
Arzúa is a municipality in the autonomous community of Galicia in the province of A Coruña in northwestern Spain. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Fervenza das Hortas.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arzua tour itinerary planning tool .

Arzua is just a short distance from Melide. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Arzua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fervenza das Hortas ©
Fervenza das Hortas
Igrexa Parroquial de Santiago de Boente ©

3
nights
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and Museo do Pobo Galego. Step out of the city life by going to Parque De Belvis and Vista Galicia - Day Tours. And it doesn't end there: stop by Mercado de Abastos de Santiago, examine the collection at Museo das Peregrinacións, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa de la Troya.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santiago de Compostela travel route app .

You can drive from Arzua to Santiago de Compostela in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vista Galicia - Day Tours ©
Vista Galicia - Day Tours
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Museo do Pobo Galego ©
Museo do Pobo Galego

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