10 days in Spain Itinerary

10 days in Spain Itinerary

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10 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid
— 2 nights
train + bus:  5​h
3
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Seville
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see PortAventura in Salou, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona visit app .

Washington DC, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Barcelona is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

PortAventura
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 1st (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Fox In A Box Madrid, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Nerja.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

2
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. On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, then kick back and relax at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and finally stroll through Burriana Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa El Salon, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Alberquilla, and then kick back and relax at Playa del Molino de Papel.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nerja route planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Madrid to Nerja in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa de la Cala el Canuelo ©
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Metropol Parasol, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then learn about all things military at Torre del Oro.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seville road trip planning site .

You can drive from Nerja to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

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