21 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

21 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rute, Spain
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Huelva, Spain
— 1 night
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Cadiz, Spain
— 2 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 3 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 7 nights
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Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, then slough off your stress at Arab Baths Hammam Al Andalus Malaga, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with La Calle Larios, then contemplate the long history of Alcazaba, then steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Gravura Taller de Grabado.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga online vacation builder.

Budapest, Hungary to Malaga is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Budapest in December, plan for much warmer days in Malaga, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Rute.

Things to do in Malaga

Shopping · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Rute, Spain

— 1 night
Rute is a municipality in the province of Córdoba, Spain. For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rute trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Rute takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Malaga in December, with highs in Rute at 15°C and lows at 1°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Rute

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Cordoba, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by Tienda Gourmet Casa Pedro, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then examine the collection at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Calahorra Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia).

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Rute to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rute in December, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then visit Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then stop by Naturalmente, and finally admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in December, Seville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Huelva.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Huelva, Spain

— 1 night
Huelva is a city in southwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Huelva in the autonomous region of Andalusia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Nuevo Mercado Del Carmen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Rabida Monastery, then explore the galleries of Muelle de las Carabelas, and finally make a trip to Muelle del Tinto. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Playa de Matalascanas.

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Getting from Seville to Huelva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cadiz.

Things to do in Huelva

Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Cadiz, Spain

— 2 nights
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Plan my Cadiz trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Huelva to Cadiz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cadiz can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Cadiz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 3 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Mediterranean Steps and Main Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Catalan Bay and Dolphin Adventure. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at The Rock of Gibraltar, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Casemates Square, stroll through Upper Rock Nature Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gibraltar itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Cadiz to Gibraltar in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cadiz in December, Gibraltar is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Marbella, Spain

— 7 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Visit Murallas del Castillo (Las) and Iglesia de San Pedro for their historical value. Get outdoors at Experience Box Spain and Senda Litoral Dunas de Artola. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marbella: Fuengirola (Galeria Martin & Reich, Centro Comercial Miramar, &more), Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village) (in Benalmadena) and Hammam Almanzor (in Mijas). Next up on the itinerary: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Vintage Deja Vu, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Municipal de Exposiciones, shop like a local with Ambrosia Mercado Gourmet, and browse the different shops at La Trocha Centro Comercial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marbella journey planner.

You can drive from Gibraltar to Marbella in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gibraltar in December since evenings lows in Marbella dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Marbella

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 7:

Spain travel guide

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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.

Province of Cordoba travel guide

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Hugging the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the Province of Córdoba has an extremely rich architectural and artistic heritage. The provincial capital city of Córdoba is perhaps the best example of these cultural attractions, with its impressive mosque-cathedral complex, regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture. Beyond the bigger urban centers is a landscape of quaint villages, olive groves, and imposing mountains. The land’s exceptional culinary tradition attracts gastronomic tourism, and the province is world-famous for local specialties, the most important of which may be its cured ham. Córdoba’s characteristic recipes, such as a thick gazpacho known as salmorejo, match well with local fine wines, found along the region’s popular wine route.

Province of Seville travel guide

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Relatively few tourists venture beyond the urban tourist attractions of the Province of Seville, thus missing the charms of a region noted for its imposing religious buildings and countryside of dense oak forests. It’s also home to culinary treats rare anywhere else in the world, including cured sausages and aniseed liquor. The Guadalquivir, one of Spain’s most important rivers, dominates the region’s landscape, creating a fertile valley filled with an endless patchwork of colorful wheat fields and olive groves. Much of this land was once in the hands of a few very wealthy landowners. Today the area remains divided up into large farm estates and thriving towns abundant with places to visit, such as ornate palaces, medieval cathedrals, and modern flamenco clubs.