26 days in South of Spain Itinerary

26 days in South of Spain Itinerary

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26 days in South of Spain Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
+3
Shuttle + Bus + Fly + Train:  20​h
1
Ronda
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marbella
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nerja
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Granada
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Seville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cadiz
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  18​h 45​min
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

4
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, bet on your favorite at Ascari, and get great views at Mirador de los Viajeros Romanticos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ronda trip itinerary planner .

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica to Ronda is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Ronda is 7 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ronda are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Marbella.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Parks Museums
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Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Ascari ©
Ascari

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Oleoturismo Aceites Molisur - Museo del Aceite and CostaJump will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Taurina de Mijas (in Mijas), Malaga (Centro de Ciencia Principia, Museum of the imagination, & more) and Torremolinos (Playa El Bajondillo & Playa La Carihuela). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Bioparc, kick back and relax at Playa de la Cala Mijas, find something for the whole family at Sould Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Senda Litoral Dunas de Artola.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marbella driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Ronda to Marbella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Marbella, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fuengirola, Malaga, Mijas, Benalmadena, Torremolinos
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Bioparc ©
Bioparc
Sould Park ©
Sould Park
CostaJump ©
CostaJump

4
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Family-friendly places like Capistrano Playa and Burriana Beach will thrill your kids. When in Nerja, make a side trip to see Sierra Nevada Independiente in Monachil, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Papagayo Beach, kick back and relax at Playa El Playazo, ponder the design of Fuente del Esparto, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Nerja Book Centre.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nerja road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marbella to Nerja takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marbella in January, expect Nerja to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sierra Nevada Independiente
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Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla

4
nights
Granada

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.
Family-friendly places like Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) and Iberfauna will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Granada to Rute to see Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, take a stroll through Albayzin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada online trip maker .

You can drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Granada, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Iberfauna, Museos del aguardiente anisado de Rute y Espana
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©
Iberfauna ©
Iberfauna

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.
On the 28th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then admire the striking features of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then look for gifts at Tienda Gourmet Casa Pedro, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba online trip maker .

Getting from Granada to Cordoba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cordoba can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Walking tours
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Isla Magica and La Noria de Sevilla. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, explore the galleries of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip planner .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Cadiz.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Isla Magica ©
Isla Magica
Acuario de Sevilla ©
Acuario de Sevilla

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nights
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see a show at Museo del Titere and then find something for the whole family at La Ciudad de los Ninos y la Ninas.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cadiz attractions website .

You can drive from Seville to Cadiz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. February in Cadiz sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cadiz

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

La Ciudad de los Ninos y la Ninas, Toro Gallery
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La Ciudad de los Ninos y la Ninas ©
La Ciudad de los Ninos y la Ninas
Museo del Titere ©
Museo del Titere

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