20 days in Spain Itinerary

20 days in Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Ibiza Town, Ibiza
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Malaga
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Barcelona
— 6 nights
End: Barcelona

1
night
Ibiza Town, Ibiza

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
On the 14th (Sat), look for gifts at Hippy Market Punta Arabia, kick back and relax at Platja de ses Salines, then examine the collection at Necropolis del Puig des Molins, and finally get your game on at IBIZA KARTING San Antonio. On your second day here, stroll through Cala Moli, then kick back and relax at Cala Bassa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Comte.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ibiza Town road trip planning site .

Barcelona to Ibiza Town is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Ibiza Town sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sant Antoni de Portmany, Hippy Market Punta Arabi, Cala Comte
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Platja de ses Salines ©
Platja de ses Salines
Cala Comte ©
Cala Comte
Necropolis del Puig des Molins
Necropolis del Puig des Molins

2
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Martin & Reich, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Cala Mijas, and then wander the streets of Marbella Old Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Vom Fass Fuengirola, examine the collection at Museo Historico-Etnologico, then see the interesting displays at Museo Taurina de Mijas, and finally get outside with Adventure Rider Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Malaga online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Malaga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Malaga are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Seville.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Mijas, Fuengirola, Marbella Old Town
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Adventure Rider Centre ©
Adventure Rider Centre
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town
Museo Historico-Etnologico ©
Museo Historico-Etnologico

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.
Head to Mercado de Abastos and Bodegas Grupo Estevezfor some retail therapy. Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional de Donana (in Huelva), Jerez De La Frontera (Bodegas Luis Perez, Museo de la Atalaya, & more) and La Virgen del Carmen de la Capillita (in Sanlucar de Barrameda).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seville tour itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Malaga to Seville in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Jerez De La Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda
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Bodegas Luis Perez ©
Bodegas Luis Perez
Museo de la Atalaya ©
Museo de la Atalaya
Bodegas Grupo Estevez ©
Bodegas Grupo Estevez

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
For shopping fun, head to El Rastro or Cava Baja Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Centro Cultural de la Caja Rural. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Cerveza Domus, & more) and Tarentola Eco-Experiencias (in Hontanar). There's lots more to do: stop by Mercado del Juguete de Madrid, fly down the slopes at Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, ride a horse along Horse Riding Madrid, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Compania de Cervezas del Valle del Kahs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner .

Getting from Seville to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in December, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Toledo, Tarentola Eco-Experiencias
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El Rastro ©
El Rastro
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

2
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 25th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Via verde del Bidasoa and then stroll through Leurtzako Urtegiak. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento de Leitza, then head outdoors with Via Verde del Plazaola, and then head outdoors with Cuevas de Astitz.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia itinerary planner .

You can fly from Madrid to San Sebastian - Donostia in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Madrid in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Via verde del Bidasoa, Via Verde del Plazaola, Cuevas de Astitz, Ayuntamiento de Leitza, Leurtzako Urtegiak
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Via verde del Bidasoa ©
Via verde del Bidasoa
Ayuntamiento de Leitza ©
Ayuntamiento de Leitza

6
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Base Elements Urban Art Gallery and Artevistas Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barceloneta Beach and Playa De Sant Salvador. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, get into the urban bustle at CaixaForum, view the masterpieces at MACBA- Museo de Arte Moderno de Barcelona, and make a trip to Las Ramblas.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Playa De Sant Salvador
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Playa de La Barceloneta ©
Playa de La Barceloneta
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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