17 days in Spain Itinerary

17 days in Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Seville
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
2
Ronda
— 2 nights
3
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Granada
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Barcelona
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol, then stroll around Parque de Maria Luisa, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seville online itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Seville is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for colder days in Seville, with highs around 19°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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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
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 19th (Thu), ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, then get great views at Mirador de Aldehuela, then explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally head outdoors with Ronda Dressage. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Reservatauro Ronda, do a tasting at Bodega Kieninger, then learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, and finally do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ronda online trip maker .

Getting from Seville to Ronda by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wineries Outdoors
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda

2
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo, explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador, then don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, and finally stroll through Capistrano Playa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nerja online route planner .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Nerja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Nerja is a bit cooler than Ronda - with highs of 14°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo ©
Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner.

Drive from Nerja to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Room Escape Games
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

5
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Toledo to see Catedral Primada about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: walk around Parque del Retiro, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and have some family-friendly fun at Windobona Indoor Skydiving Madrid.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Madrid vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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