18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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Train
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Santander
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bilbao
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Getaria
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Zarautz
Drive
6
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Salamanca
— 2 nights
Train to Madrid-Chamartin, Fly to Olite
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Olite
— 1 night
Drive
9
Burgos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madrid
— 1 day

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Valladolid

— 2 nights

Land of Castles

A city of booming industry with a strong emphasis on leisure and cultural involvement, Valladolid is also known for its historical heritage and medieval feel.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll around Campo Grande and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor de Valladolid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Escultura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Pablo, and then don't miss a visit to Centro de Iniciativas Turisticas.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Valladolid trip builder website.

Madrid to Valladolid is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect Valladolid to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Santander

— 1 night

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santander trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Valladolid to Santander in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Valladolid in January; daily highs in Santander reach 14°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature
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Bilbao

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, see the interesting displays at Museo de Coches Clasicos y Antiguos Torre Loizaga, and then explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, then experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, then stop by Lupita, and finally explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bilbao trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Santander to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Bilbao are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Getaria.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Getaria

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Getaria Fishing Port, kick back and relax at Playa de Itzurun, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermita de San Telmo. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Gaintza Txakolina, then examine the collection at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Salvador.

Before you visit Getaria, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Bilbao to Getaria in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zarautz.

Things to do in Getaria

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Zarautz

Zarautz is a coastal town located in central Gipuzkoa, in Spain. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): soak in style at Spa Malecon.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zarautz travel route planning app.

Zarautz is very close to Getaria. In January in Zarautz, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Zarautz

Baths · Spas
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San Sebastian - Donostia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, then visit Parte Vieja, and then don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary planning site.

San Sebastian - Donostia is just a stone's throw from Zarautz. In January, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Salamanca

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Universidad de Salamanca, pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salamanca tour builder.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Salamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in January, expect Salamanca to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Olite.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Olite

— 1 night
Olite is a town and municipality located in the Comarca de Tafalla comarca, Merindad de Olite merindad, in Navarre, Spain.According to Isidore of Seville's, the town of Oligicus was founded by Swinthila, Visigothic King of Hispania in order to control and punish the Vascones. On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Torre del Chapitel, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real, and then don't miss a visit to Palacio Real de Olite.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Olite online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Salamanca to Olite takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Olite, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Burgos.

Things to do in Olite

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Burgos

— 3 nights
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Burgos: RiojaNatura (in Santo Domingo de la Calzada) and Bodegas Lecea (in San Asensio). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Burgos, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Evolucion Humana, steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Burgos, and don't miss a visit to Plaza del Mio Cid.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Burgos trip planner.

You can drive from Olite to Burgos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. While traveling from Olite, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Burgos, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Madrid.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Madrid

— 1 day

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by car from Burgos to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Burgos in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.