18 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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18 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train + Bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cadiz, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

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night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and finally examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Museo Cerralbo, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are slightly colder (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Museu Picasso. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ciutat Vella and Barri de Gracia. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, stroll around Parc Guell, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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Granada, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces, then contemplate the long history of La Madraza, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia De La Virgen De Las Angustias, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Granada travel planning site .

Fly from Barcelona to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Granada: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Tours
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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Cordoba, Spain

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.
On the 12th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Merced, see the interesting displays at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba trip maker website .

Drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 99°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Marbella.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums
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Marbella, Spain

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida del Mar, take in the views from Puente Cristo del Amor, then take a stroll through Marbella Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marbella trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Cordoba to Marbella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in August, expect nights in Marbella to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 88°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town
Avenida del Mar ©
Avenida del Mar
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 15th (Sat), shop like a local with Gibraltar Crystal, take in the spiritual surroundings of The King's Chapel, learn about all things military at The Great Siege Tunnels, then Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sikorski Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Main Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, then kick back and relax at Catalan Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to The Rock of Gibraltar.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gibraltar attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Marbella to Gibraltar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Marbella, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gibraltar, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cadiz.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
St. Michael's Cave ©
St. Michael's Cave
The Great Siege Tunnels ©
The Great Siege Tunnels

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Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. On the 17th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Las Playas de Canos de Meca, don't miss a visit to Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar, step into the grandiose world of Arcos de la Frontera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cartuja de Jerez, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Cadiz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Palacio del Virrey Laserna, kick back and relax at Playa de Zahora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Antonio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oatorio de San Felipe Neri, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cadiz trip planner .

You can drive from Gibraltar to Cadiz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Cadiz, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Cadiz

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Barbate, Jerez De La Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera
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Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar ©
Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar
Catedral de Cadiz ©
Catedral de Cadiz
Playa de Zahora ©
Playa de Zahora

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the galleries of Royal Alcázar of Seville, make a trip to Plaza de España, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Las Duenas, see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and finally deepen your understanding at Royal Tobacco Factory.

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You can drive from Cadiz to Seville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Cadiz in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Seville, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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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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