17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Miami
tram + Fly:  11​h 15​min
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Zaragoza
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Granada
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cordoba
— Few hours
train:  45​min
Seville
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
Toledo
— 1 night
train:  45​min
Madrid
— 1 night
Fly + tram:  11​h 15​min
Miami

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Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alcazar de Segovia and Basilica de San Vicente. Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Cathedral of Avila for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Avila (Monasterio de Santo Tomas, Capilla de Mosen Rubi, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), examine the collection at Prado National Museum, take a stroll through Gran Via, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Madrid journey planner .

Miami, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of tram and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Miami in September, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 82°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Madrid

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Avila, Alcazar de Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 19th (Wed), wander the streets of Parte Vieja, explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, and then engage your brain at Eureka! Zientzia Museoa.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Madrid to San Sebastian - Donostia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Sebastian - Donostia: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zaragoza.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites
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Eureka! Zientzia Museoa ©
Eureka! Zientzia Museoa
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Miramar Palace ©
Miramar Palace

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day
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Gargallo, then see the interesting displays at Caesaraugusta Theater Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at El Ebro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zaragoza trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Zaragoza in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Zaragoza, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

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#Museums, #Nature, #Parks
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Museo Pablo Gargallo ©
Museo Pablo Gargallo
Caesaraugusta Theater Museum ©
Caesaraugusta Theater Museum

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days
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Escape the urban bustle at Fenals Beach and Playa de Sant Miquel. El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Salou (Illuminated Fountain & Llevant Beach), Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona) and Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila "La Pedrera".

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Getting from Zaragoza to Barcelona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zaragoza in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Salou, Fenals Beach, Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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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 25th (Tue), trek along Llano de la Perdiz, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and then engage your brain at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Granada trip builder app .

Getting from Barcelona to Granada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, Granada is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Llano de la Perdiz ©
Llano de la Perdiz
Generalife ©
Generalife
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©

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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.
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba online trip builder .

You can drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in September, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

#Historic Sites
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Casa Andalusi ©
Casa Andalusi

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days
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.
On the 26th (Wed), snap pictures at Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana) and then steep yourself in history at Seville Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then contemplate the long history of Real Fabrica de Tabacos, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Espana.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seville route planner.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in September, you will find days in Seville are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toledo.

Things to do in Seville

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Seville Cathedral ©
Seville Cathedral

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Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Church of Santo Tomé and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Roman Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Toledo itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Toledo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Church of Santo Tomé ©
Church of Santo Tomé
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
San Roman Church ©
San Roman Church

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Madrid

Madrid
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Traveling by train from Toledo to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Madrid

#Nightlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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