18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Zaragoza
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Seville
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Royal Palace of Madrid and Parque del Retiro. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alcazar de Segovia and Catedral de Segovia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia) and Avila (Cathedral of Avila & The Walls of Avila). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid online travel planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in May, you will find days in Madrid are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are much colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Avila
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The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

1
night
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 31st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, then contemplate the long history of Palacio de la Aljaferia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de Piedra.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zaragoza driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Zaragoza can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town). Explore hidden gems such as Girona Cathedral (Catedral) and Ciutat Vella. Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar to see Parish Church of Sant Roma about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona planner .

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Barcelona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Zaragoza in May, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), Parish Church of Sant Roma, Girona Cathedral (Catedral)
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

2
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Eulalia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Sant Francesc, explore the world behind art at Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma, examine the collection at Palau March Museu, then contemplate the long history of Sa Llotja, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palau de l'Almudaina. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Castell de Bellver, shop like a local with Mercado de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia La Porciuncula (la Iglesia de Cristal), and finally admire the striking features of Santuari de Cura.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palma de Mallorca trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Palma de Mallorca can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Santuari de Cura
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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Santuari de Cura ©
Santuari de Cura
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca

1
night
Cordoba

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Centro Flamenco Fosforito, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir, then see the interesting displays at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba day trip site .

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Cordoba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Palma de Mallorca in June: highs in Cordoba hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites
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3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muelle de las Carabelas and Eglise du Divin Sauveur. Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza de España and Las Duenas. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Seville, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, Muelle de las Carabelas
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Virgen del Pino, kick back and relax at Playa de Veril, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Palmitos Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Maspalomas trip site .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Maspalomas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Maspalomas. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seville in June: highs in Maspalomas hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Basilica de la Virgen del Pino
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Palmitos Park ©
Palmitos Park
Basilica  de la Virgen del Pino ©
Basilica de la Virgen del Pino
Playa de Veril ©
Playa de Veril

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