16 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Andalucia Itinerary

16 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Andalucia Itinerary

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16 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Andalucia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nerja
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Marbella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Seville
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Newark

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Take a break from the city and head to Picnic Madrid and Balloon Rides. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Old City in Segovia--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, wander the streets of Gran Via, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Newark, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Old City
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
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Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

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You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Barcelona, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
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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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Albayzin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, pause for some photo ops at Royal Chapel of Granada, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Granada trip planning website .

Getting from Barcelona to Granada by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Granada to be slightly colder, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa de la Alberquilla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, make a trip to Balcon de Europa, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirador del Cementerio Redondo, and finally steep yourself in history at Punta Lara. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, stroll through Burriana Beach, then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Bentomiz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nerja online day trip planner .

You can drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nerja are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marbella.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sayalonga, Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion
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Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Bodegas Bentomiz ©
Bodegas Bentomiz

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Marbella

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then stroll through Cabopino Beach, and then wander the streets of Marbella Old Town. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Levante, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de la Fontanilla.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marbella route planner .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Marbella can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Climbing Tours
Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town
Playa de la Fontanilla ©
Playa de la Fontanilla

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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.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Paseo Alcalde Marques del Contadero. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, don't miss a visit to Metropol Parasol, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville driving holiday site .

Getting from Marbella to Seville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Seville, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

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

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