16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Zaragoza
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Valencia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Seville
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Malaga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Granada
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: St. Petersburg

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Visiting Playa de La Barceloneta and Sant Miquel del Fai Monastery will get you outdoors. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar for their historical value. The adventure continues: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, steep yourself in history at Casa Museu Gaudí, and don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planning tool .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Barcelona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Barcelona is minus 2 hours. Traveling from St. Petersburg in August, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sant Miquel del Fai Monastery
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

1
night
Zaragoza

Zaragoza
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo del Puerto Romano, contemplate the waterfront views at El Ebro, and then appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zaragoza road trip website .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Zaragoza takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: highs in Zaragoza hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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El Ebro
El Ebro
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, and finally explore the galleries of Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Madrid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Cerralbo ©
Museo Cerralbo

2
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Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, then see the interesting displays at Jose Benlliure House/Museum, then contemplate the long history of Blasco Ibanez House/Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Reales Atarazanas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja La Malvarrosa, kick back and relax at Playa de la Patacona, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Valencia online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valencia, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de la Patacona
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Jardi del Turia ©
Jardi del Turia
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda
Blasco Ibanez House/Museum ©
Blasco Ibanez House/Museum

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nights
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, step into the grandiose world of Castell de Bellver, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, and finally explore the ancient world of Banos Arabes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palau de l'Almudaina, kick back and relax at Playa de Muro, and then stroll through Playa de Alcudia.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Palma de Mallorca trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Valencia to Palma de Mallorca in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Palma de Mallorca are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa de Muro, Playa de Alcudia
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Playa de Muro ©
Playa de Muro
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca
Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza de España, admire the landmark architecture of Torre del Oro, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: take in a show at Museo del Baile Flamenco, explore the galleries of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then get lost in a book at Archivo General de Indias, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Casa de Pilatos.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip planner .

Getting from Palma de Mallorca to Seville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, admire the masterpieces at Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Malagueta, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Malaga trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Malaga are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal ©
Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): wander the streets of Albayzin, then browse the exhibits of Archive Saint John of God Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Generalife. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: slough off your stress at Hammam Al Andalus Granada, then take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural Baños Árabes, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally relax and float downstream with Rafting SaltaRios.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Malaga in August since evenings lows in Granada dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Centro Cultural Baños Árabes
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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