17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Quebec
Bus + Fly:  13 h
1
Malaga
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Granada
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cordoba
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Seville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Valencia
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Madrid
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  17 h
End: Quebec City, Quebec

1
night
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa de La Malagueta. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, then steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Malagueta, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Marbella Old Town, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burriana Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Balcony of Europe.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Malaga road trip planning website.

Quebec City, Canada to Malaga is an approximately 14- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Malaga when traveling from Quebec City in July, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nerja, Marbella Old Town
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Playa de La Malagueta ©
Playa de La Malagueta
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

1
day
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and then take an in-depth tour of Archive Saint John of God Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Granada sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Malaga in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Granada, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castillo de Almodovar. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Almodovar.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cordoba trip builder.

Drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in July, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). You'll set off for Seville on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castillo de Almodovar
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Castillo de Almodovar ©
Castillo de Almodovar
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

2
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.
Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, don't miss a visit to Torre del Oro, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seville online trip maker.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in July: highs in Seville hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 23°C. You'll set off for Valencia on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Platja La Malvarrosa has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valencia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Valencia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
Jardi del Turia ©
Jardi del Turia

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Madrid Segway, Templo de Debod, National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla. On your second day here, stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, then explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, and finally cruise the town with Madrid Segway.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Valencia, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Templo de Debod ©
Templo de Debod
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

5
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tour Barcelona as well as Ciutat Vella. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de La Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, see where the action happens at Camp Nou, and stroll through Montgat Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montgat Beach
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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