8 days in Spain & Athens Itinerary

8 days in Spain & Athens Itinerary

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8 days in Spain & Athens Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Malaga, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Athens, Greece

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then take an in-depth tour of Ancient Agora of Athens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Philopappos Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Anafiotika. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Greece, the closest major airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Athens are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Philopappos Hill ©
Philopappos Hill
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Anafiotika ©
Anafiotika

1
night
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 15th (Mon), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then wander the streets of Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village), then take a stroll through La Carihuela, and finally examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria, then explore the galleries of CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Carihuela, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Malaga holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Athens to Malaga in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Malaga. Traveling from Athens in July, plan for little chillier nights in Malaga, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Torremolinos, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village)
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
La Carihuela ©
La Carihuela
Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Almodovar del Rio, then delve into the distant past at Roman Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolome, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Casa de Sefarad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Julio Romero de Torres, take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico de Cordoba, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pablo, and finally make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cordoba day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Malaga to Cordoba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in July, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Valencia.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castillo de Almodovar
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Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Castillo de Almodovar ©
Castillo de Almodovar
Casa de Sefarad ©
Casa de Sefarad

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 19th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castell de Xativa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Valencia driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Valencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in July: highs in Valencia hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Castell de Xativa
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Castell de Xativa ©
Castell de Xativa
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen

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