12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ronda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Granada
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brasilia


1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Prado National Museum, then explore the activities along Retiro Park, then wander the streets of Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, and finally take a stroll through Gran Via. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Picnic Madrid, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Ginés.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online attractions planner .

Brasilia, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Brasilia in December, expect Madrid to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park

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 (Sat): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, then tour the water at your own pace with Fun Ride Sevilla, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seville online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Seville at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Plaza de Espana ©
Plaza de Espana
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Seville Cathedral ©
Seville Cathedral

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 31st (Mon), delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, examine the collection at Museo Lara, explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, then admire the striking features of La Casa Del Rey Moro, then explore the world behind art at Museo Del Bandolero, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Peinado, take a stroll through Old City, and then take in the views from Puente Nuevo.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ronda vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Baños Arabes ©
Baños Arabes
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Old City ©
Old City

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, explore the world behind art at Monasterio de la Concepcion, and then admire the striking features of Alhambra.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada travel planner .

Getting from Ronda to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, Granada is a bit cooler than Ronda - with highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Monasterio de la Concepcion ©
Monasterio de la Concepcion

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Guell.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planning website .

You can fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Granada in January, with lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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