18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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1
Madrid
— 2 nights
2
Salamanca
— 2 nights
3
Seville
— 2 nights
4
Marbella
— 3 nights
5
Ronda
— 2 nights
6
Barcelona
— 5 nights

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid journey planning app.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Madrid. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

2
nights
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll around Huerto De Calixto & Melibea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), examine the collection at Museo de la Historia de Automocion, then get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, then make a trip to Plaza de Anaya, and finally ponder the world of politics at Universidad de Salamanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza Mayor, contemplate the long history of Convento de las Duenas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally steep yourself in history at Escuelas Menores.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Salamanca travel route planner.

You can drive from Madrid to Salamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Salamanca when traveling from Madrid in December, with lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Triunfo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, then make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Salamanca to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Salamanca in December, expect Seville to be a bit warmer, temps between 61°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marbella.

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
Marbella

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marbella: Benalmadena (Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village), Puerto Marina Benalmadena, &more) and Malaga (Museo Picasso Malaga, Alcazaba, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Experience Box Spain, take in the waterfront activity at Puerto Banus Marina, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc, and take in the waterfront at Paseo Maritimo.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marbella sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Seville to Marbella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. December in Marbella sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Malaga, Benalmadena, Bioparc
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Puerto Banus Marina ©
Puerto Banus Marina
Colección del Museo Ruso ©
Colección del Museo Ruso
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 3rd (Sun), walk around Alameda Del Tajo, identify plant and animal life at Reservatauro Ronda, explore the ancient world of Baños Arabes, then contemplate the long history of Casa Del Rey Moro, and finally snap pictures at Puente Nuevo. On your second day here, make a trip to Ronda, get great views at Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda, explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, then examine the collection at Museo Lara, then visit Old City, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardines de Cuenca.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Marbella to Ronda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

5
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, shop like a local with La Boqueria, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta.

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Getting from Ronda to Barcelona by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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