17 days in Spain & Greek Isles Itinerary

17 days in Spain & Greek Isles Itinerary

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17 days in Spain & Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h
2
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Corfu Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
8
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Athens, Greece

1
night
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus and then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion visit planner .

Athens to Heraklion is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Heraklion to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, stop by the White, Santorini, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary site .

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2 hours. In August in Fira, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari, Skaros Rock
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take a stroll through Little Venice, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Panormos Beach.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town journey app .

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In September, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Elia Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
night
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, examine the collection at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, and then wander the streets of Corfu Old Town.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Corfu Town trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Corfu Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 5th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip site .

You can fly from Corfu Town to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Corfu Town to Barcelona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online route builder .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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

2
nights
Seville, Spain

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 9th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Los Refinadores, admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks 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

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, then browse the exhibits of Alcazaba, and finally admire the striking features of Malaga Cathedral. On your second day here, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Malaga trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Seville to Malaga by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. September in Malaga sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Puente Nuevo, Balcon de Europa
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Room Escape Games
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa

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