13 days in Spain Itinerary

13 days in Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
1
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Tarragona
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Zaragoza
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
End: Barcelona

5
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona and CosmoCaixa Barcelona. Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and 4Retinas- foto-diseno. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Village Medieval de Pals (in Pals), Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar) and Lloret de Mar (Fenals Beach & Lloret Beach). Spend the 12th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, and stroll through Playas de Calella.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In July in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, Platja Port Bo, Village Medieval de Pals, Playas de Calella
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La Boqueria ©
La Boqueria
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
Playas de Calella ©
Playas de Calella

2
nights
Tarragona

Tarragona ©
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Arrabassada, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Playa de Calafell, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Sant Antoni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Pont del Diable, then stop by La Boella, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja Llarga.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tarragona online attractions planner .

Take a train from Barcelona to Tarragona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tarragona are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Tarragona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Boella, Scuba & Snorkeling, Plaza de Sant Antoni, Playa de Calafell
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Playa de Arrabassada ©
Playa de Arrabassada
Playa de Calafell ©
Playa de Calafell
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Zaragoza

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see the interesting displays at Emoz.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zaragoza vacation planning website .

You can take a train from Tarragona to Zaragoza in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tarragona in July, you will find days in Zaragoza are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Museo del Grabado de Goya, Molino Alfonso, River Rafting & Tubing, Bodegas San Alejandro
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museo del Grabado de Goya ©
Museo del Grabado de Goya
Emoz ©
Emoz

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do your shopping at Cava Baja Gallery and Mercado San Miguel. Step out of the city life by going to Retiro Park and Playa del Alberche. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo) and Alcazar de Segovia (in Segovia). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, get a taste of the local shopping with Barrio de Salamanca, and examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Madrid itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Madrid in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Madrid sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Playa del Alberche, Alcazar of Segovia, Casco Historico de Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

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