8 days in Spain Itinerary

8 days in Spain Itinerary

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8 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Seville
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the striking features of Plaza de España and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seville travel planner.

New York City, USA to Seville is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Seville due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Seville reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Madrid is slightly colder than Seville - with highs of 54°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in December, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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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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