13 days in Spain Itinerary

13 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain holiday builder

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Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly
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Valencia
— 3 nights
Train
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Cuenca
— 1 night
Train
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Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly

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Barcelona

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Do your shopping at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. There's much more to do: make a trip to Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), and walk around Parc Guell.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Valencia

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Valencia Cathedral and La Lonja de la Seda. Step out of the city life by going to Jardi del Turia and Platja La Malvarrosa. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, engage your brain at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and gear up at Beach Bikes Valencia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Valencia trip builder website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Cuenca.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Cuenca

— 1 night
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain. For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Valencia to Cuenca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums
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Madrid

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada. Take a break from the city and head to Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui and PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: El Cortijuelo (in Las Rozas) and Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, wander the streets of Gran Via, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Madrid trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Cuenca to Madrid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Madrid are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

Side Trips

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Spain travel guide

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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.