38 days in Spain Itinerary

38 days in Spain Itinerary

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38 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela
1
Santiago de Compostela
— 14 nights
train:  30​min
2
La Coruna
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Barcelona
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Pontevedra
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
End: Santiago de Compostela

14
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rutas Fisterra and Playa Lagosteira. Do your shopping at Mercado de Abastos de Santiago and Museo Eugenio Granell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago de Compostela: Castro de Barona (in Barona), Muros (Igrexa San Pedro/ Church of San Pedro & Playa Area Mayor) and Iglesia de Santa María de Leboreiro (in Melide). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Faro de Fisterra, identify plant and animal life at La Peneda Monterroso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Salvador de Vilar de Donas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Compostela road trip website .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Santiago de Compostela Airport and A Coruña Airport. In May, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to La Coruna.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Noia, Fisterra, Padron, Muros, Playa De Ezaro
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Playa Area de Secada ©
Playa Area de Secada
Faro de Fisterra
Faro de Fisterra
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©

2
nights
La Coruna

La Coruna ©
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Santiago, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Betanzos, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Riazor. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita de Santo Adrián and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio de Verdes.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Coruna trip planning website .

La Coruna is just a short distance from Santiago de Compostela. In May, daytime highs in La Coruna are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in La Coruna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ermita de Santo Adrián, Centro Historico de Betanzos, Refugio de Verdes
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Playa de Riazor ©
Playa de Riazor
Ermita de Santo Adrián ©
Ermita de Santo Adrián
Parroquia de Santiago ©
Parroquia de Santiago

8
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Vila Vella (Old Town) and Casa Batllo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fenals Beach and Playa de la Pineda. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), Eitzinger Sports Bike Rent and Tours and Shop (in Cambrils) and Platja del Coco (in Badalona). Dedicate the 30th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Coruna to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than La Coruna - with highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Eitzinger Sports Bike Rent and Tours and Shop, Platja del Coco, Fenals Beach, Playa de la Pineda, Anfiteatro de Tarragona
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La Boqueria ©
La Boqueria
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

7
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
For shopping fun, head to Mercado San Miguel or San Miguel Artesania (Spanish traditional handmade ceramics ). Explore hidden gems such as Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra and Alcazar de Segovia. Venture out of the city with trips to Chorrera de los Litueros (in Somosierra), Segovia (Segovia Aqueduct, Catedral de Segovia, & more) and Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Casco Historico de Toledo, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, walk around Retiro Park, and view the masterpieces at Rio Creative Art Center.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Madrid driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Pontevedra.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo, Chorrera de los Litueros, Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra
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Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

6
nights
Pontevedra

Pontevedra ©
Pontevedra is a Spanish city in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Samil and Ruta de las pasarelas del rio Mao. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Patos and Aira das letras S.L.. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pontevedra: Ourense (Catedral de Ourense, Claustro de San Francisco, & more), Monasterio de San Salvador (in Celanova) and Monasterio de San Pedro de Rocas (in Esgos). The adventure continues: get outside with Guías Malouco -Turismo y Aventura-, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa da Xunqueria, explore the historical opulence of Sobroso Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convent of San Francisco.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pontevedra online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Pontevedra takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in June: high temperatures in Pontevedra hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Pontevedra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ourense, Ruta de las pasarelas del rio Mao, Iglesia de la Veracruz, Castelo de Soutomaior, Bodega Pazo Baion
Highlights from your plan
Playa Samil ©
Playa Samil
Monasterio de San Salvador ©
Monasterio de San Salvador
Vina Costeira ©
Vina Costeira

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