36 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

36 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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36 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: Austin, United States
Drive + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Cadiz, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
9
Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Nerja, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Austin, United States

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque del Retiro and Plaza de Oriente. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Acueduct of Segovia in Segovia--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, walk around Casa de Campo, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Madrid trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Austin, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Austin to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in May, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Acueduct of Segovia
Highlights from your plan
EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid ©
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

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.
Kids will enjoy Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and PortAventura. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc Guell, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, have some family-friendly fun at Virtua, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip builder tool .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in June, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

PortAventura
Highlights from your plan
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 9th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and then meet the residents at Oceanografic Valencia. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Valencia are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
Oceanografic Valencia ©
Oceanografic Valencia

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba, then admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Rafael Boti, then take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba visit planner.

You can take a train from Valencia to Cordoba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in June, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palacio de Viana ©
Palacio de Viana
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Isla Magica and La Noria de Sevilla. Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Parque Nacional de Donana (in Huelva), Fieldwork Riotinto (in Minas de Riotinto) and Plaza del Arzobispo (in Umbrete). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, get outside with Paseo Alcalde Marques del Contadero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip website .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in June, plan for slightly colder days in Seville, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cadiz.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Fieldwork Riotinto, Plaza del Arzobispo
Highlights from your plan
Fieldwork Riotinto ©
Fieldwork Riotinto
Isla Magica ©
Isla Magica
Centro Ecuestre Entrepinares ©
Centro Ecuestre Entrepinares

2
nights
Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Oatorio de San Felipe Neri, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Tavira, get engrossed in the history at Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir, walk around Park Genoves, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Caleta Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Cadiz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza de la Candelaria, then visit Teatro del Titere La Tia Norica's, and then don't miss a visit to Playa Victoria.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cadiz online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Seville to Cadiz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Seville in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cadiz: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Cadiz

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Caleta Beach ©
La Caleta Beach
Torre Tavira ©
Torre Tavira
Playa Victoria ©
Playa Victoria

2
nights
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Sikorski Memorial and then visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Apes Den, steep yourself in history at Charles V Wall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Catalan Bay, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Rock of Gibraltar.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gibraltar trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cadiz to Gibraltar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Gibraltar, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Ronda.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave
The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
Catalan Bay ©
Catalan Bay

2
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 21st (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Tajo de Ronda, and then stop by Old City. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, then examine the collection at Museo Lara, then take in the views from Puente Nuevo, and finally stroll through Reservatauro Ronda.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ronda route planner.

You can drive from Gibraltar to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gibraltar in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ronda: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Marbella.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

2
nights
Marbella, Spain

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): race across the water with a speed boat tour, meet the residents at Bioparc, then grab your bike and head to Bikestardo, then head outdoors with Adventure Rider Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena. On your second day here, head outdoors with Experience Box Spain, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then snap pictures at Puente Cristo del Amor, and finally visit Marbella Old Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marbella vacation builder app .

You can take a bus from Ronda to Marbella in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Ronda in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Marbella: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mijas, Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, Bioparc
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Bioparc ©
Bioparc
Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre

2
nights
Nerja, Spain

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the activities along Río Chíllar, kick back and relax at Playa del Molino de Papel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Alberquilla, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Burriana Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Torrecilla.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nerja day trip site .

You can drive from Marbella to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Marbella in June since evenings lows in Nerja dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Playa del Molino de Papel ©
Playa del Molino de Papel

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.
Granada is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, and go for a walk through Cuesta del Rey Chico.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Granada are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Step out of Malaga with an excursion to Selwo Marina in Benalmadena--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Cristo de la Salud Church, get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Malaga travel planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Malaga sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Benalmadena
Highlights from your plan
La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga ©
La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga
Prison Island ©
Prison Island
Selwo Marina ©
Selwo Marina

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