37 days in South of Spain & Benidorm Itinerary

37 days in South of Spain & Benidorm Itinerary

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37 days in South of Spain & Benidorm Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Alicante:  17​h 30​min
1
Seville
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Ronda
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Marbella
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nerja
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Granada
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Antequera
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cordoba
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Benidorm
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Sevilla, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sevilla, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seville vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to Seville is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

6
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, do a tasting at Bodega Kieninger, trot along with Caballos y Vino, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ronda travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Ronda sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Marbella.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

5
nights
Marbella

Marbella ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bikestardo (in La Cala de Mijas), Benalmadena (Parque De La Paloma & Benalmadena Puerto Marina) and Malaga (Room Escape Games, Malaga Cathedral, & more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Adventure Rider Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc, wander the streets of Marbella Old Town, and look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marbella sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Marbella, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Malaga, Benalmadena, Mijas, Fuengirola, Riding Fun In The Sun
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre
Riding Fun In The Sun ©
Riding Fun In The Sun
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nerja: Bodegas Bentomiz (in Sayalonga) and Los Olivillos (in Competa). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo, enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, admire the local landmark of Fuente del Esparto, and identify plant and animal life at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nerja itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Marbella to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marbella in April, plan for little chillier nights in Nerja, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Frigiliana, Bodegas Bentomiz, Los Olivillos
Highlights from your plan
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo ©
Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa

5
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.
Granada is known for historic sites, nightlife, parks, baths, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, wander the streets of Albayzin, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner .

Drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Antequera.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

4
nights
Antequera

Antequera ©
Explore Antequera's surroundings by going to Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana (in Rute) and El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro (in El Chorro).

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Antequera trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Granada to Antequera by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antequera, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cordoba.

Things to do in Antequera

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Caminito Del Re, El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro, Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana
Highlights from your plan
El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera
Penon de los Enamorados ©
Penon de los Enamorados

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Tienda Gourmet Casa Pedro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba, then steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia). On your second day here, make a trip to Calleja de las Flores, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and then make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cordoba online vacation maker .

Drive from Antequera to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Cordoba sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Benidorm.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

3
nights
Benidorm

Benidorm ©
A major seaside resort on the famous Costa Blanca, Benidorm was built compactly, thanks to the foresight of a local government administrator in the 1960s, who had a vision for a holiday destination that would grow upwards.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get your game on at Entertainment Centers and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mundomar. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at La Cruz de Benidorm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Levante, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Poniente Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Benidorm online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Cordoba to Benidorm in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in April: highs in Benidorm hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Benidorm

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mundomar ©
Mundomar
El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm ©
El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm
Playa de Levante ©
Playa de Levante

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