55 days in South of Spain Itinerary

55 days in South of Spain Itinerary

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55 days in South of Spain Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h
1
Cordoba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Antequera
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Granada
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Almeria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Nerja
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Marbella
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tarifa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Ronda
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h
9
Seville
— 7 nights
train:  1​h
10
Jerez De La Frontera
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Iglesia de San Pablo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and Palacio de la Merced. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cordoba: Parque Minero de Almaden (in Almaden), Bodegas Lagar Blanco (in Montilla) and Parque Natural Sierra de Andujar (in Andujar). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir, see the interesting displays at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, admire the striking features of Palacio de Vela de los Cobos, and explore the historical opulence of Banos de la Encima Castle.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cordoba trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Cordoba is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Antequera.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Ubeda, Banos de la Encima Castle, Parque Minero de Almaden, Parque Natural Sierra de Andujar, Bodegas Lagar Blanco
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Palacio de la Merced ©
Palacio de la Merced

6
nights
Antequera

Antequera ©
Popular historic sites such as Alcazaba de Antequera and Dolmen de Menga are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Torcal de Antequera and Church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antequera: Embalses Guadalhorce-Guadalteba (in Ardales), Machaquito Anis & Licores (in Rute) and Lucena (Church of San Mateo & Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Araceli).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Antequera journey builder tool .

Getting from Cordoba to Antequera by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Antequera, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Antequera

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Osuna, Lucena, Embalses Guadalhorce-Guadalteba, Iberfauna, Machaquito Anis & Licores
Highlights from your plan
El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera
Alcazaba de Antequera ©
Alcazaba de Antequera
Church of San Mateo ©
Church of San Mateo

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alhambra and Royal Chapel of Granada. Get in touch with nature at Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla and Los Cahorros. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Jaen (Jaén Cathedral & Castillo de Santa Catalina), Guadix Cathedral (in Guadix) and La Charca de Pegalajar (in Pegalajar). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Sabiote.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Antequera to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antequera in May, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Almeria.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jaen, Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla, Embalse de Cubillas, Los Cahorros, Castillo de Sabiote
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla ©
Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla

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nights
Almeria

Almeria ©
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Step off the beaten path and head to Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park and Cala Raja. Visiting Playa Isleta del Moro and Playa Cabo De Gata will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Encarnacion, learn about all things military at Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Almeria.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Almeria trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Granada to Almeria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Granada in May since evenings lows in Almeria dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Almeria

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park ©
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba ©
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba
Cathedral of Almeria ©
Cathedral of Almeria

6
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. Church of El Salvador and Punta Lara will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Fundación Cueva de Nerja and Playa El Salon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nerja: Las Alpujarras (in Sierra Nevada National Park), Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion (in Velez-Malaga) and Sayalonga (Mirador del Cementerio Redondo & Bodegas Bentomiz). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Burriana Beach, stroll through Playa de la Alberquilla, look for all kinds of wild species at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, and take in the dramatic natural features at Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nerja tour planner.

You can drive from Almeria to Nerja in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Almeria in June, plan for little chillier nights in Nerja, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Almunecar, Sayalonga, Las Alpujarras, Ron Montero, Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion
Highlights from your plan
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary ©
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Church of El Salvador ©
Church of El Salvador

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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.
Get outdoors at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Playa La Carihuela. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Malaga Cathedral and Marbella Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marbella: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Fuengirola), Benalmadena (Castillo de Colomares & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Riding Fun In The Sun (in Casares). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Experience Box Spain, steep yourself in history at Centro de Artes Mijas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Cala Mijas.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marbella day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Marbella when traveling from Nerja in June, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tarifa.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mijas, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Riding Fun In The Sun
Highlights from your plan
Riding Fun In The Sun ©
Riding Fun In The Sun
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town

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nights
Tarifa

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de Zahara and Castle of Jimena de la Frontera. Get some historical perspective at Castillo de Castellar de la Frontera and Enclave Arqueologico de Carteia. Explore Tarifa's surroundings by going to Playa de Zahora (in Zahora), Museo del Atun (in Barbate) and Zahara de los Atunes (Cala de los Alemanes & Playa Arroyo del Canuelo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Bolonia, look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero La Garganta del Capitan, kick back and relax at Punta Paloma, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tarifa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marbella to Tarifa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Marbella in June, plan for slightly colder days in Tarifa, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zahara de los Atunes, Barbate, Sendero La Garganta del Capitan, Castillo de Castellar de la Frontera, Enclave Arqueologico de Carteia
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Zahara ©
Playa de Zahara
Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia
Castle of Jimena de la Frontera ©
Castle of Jimena de la Frontera

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nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Get outdoors at El Tajo de Ronda and Paddock Paradise Ronda. Popular historic sites such as Baños Arabes and Castillo de Olvera are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ronda: Parque natural de la Sierra de Grazalema (in El Bosque), Ciudad Romana de Ocuri (in Ubrique) and Ermita del Calvario (in Villaluenga del Rosario). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old City, explore the historical opulence of Castle of the Star (Castillo de la Estrella), look for all kinds of wild species at Botanical Garden of Cacti and Succulent Plants 'Mora i Bravard' of Casarabonela, and learn about winemaking at Joaquin Fernandez Bodega.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ronda trip planner .

You can drive from Tarifa to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tarifa in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ronda, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Olvera, Ermita del Calvario, Sierra De Las Nieves, Castillo Zahara de la Sierra, Salto del Cabrero
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Old City ©
Old City

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Alcázar of Seville and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Venture out of the city with trips to Muelle de las Carabelas (in Palos de la Frontera), Huelva (La Rabida Monastery & Parque Nacional de Donana) and Playa de Matalascanas (in Matalascanas). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Las Duenas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla de San Jose.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Jerez De La Frontera.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Huelva, Muelle de las Carabelas, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, Fieldwork Riotinto, Playa de Matalascanas
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
Jerez De La Frontera

Jerez De La Frontera ©
A culturally and historically rich city, Jerez de la Frontera is known around the world for the production of Spanish sherry.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre and The House of Sandeman Jerez. Discover out-of-the-way places like Feria del Caballo and Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera. Step out of Jerez De La Frontera to go to Chipiona and see Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cartuja de Jerez, sample the tasty concoctions at Craftbrewery La Jerezana Cerveza Artesana, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and learn about winemaking at Bodegas Fundador Pedro Domecq.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jerez De La Frontera online travel route planner .

Take a train from Seville to Jerez De La Frontera in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Jerez De La Frontera when traveling from Seville in July, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jerez De La Frontera

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla
Highlights from your plan
Cartuja de Jerez ©
Cartuja de Jerez
Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla ©

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