9 days in Spain Itinerary

9 days in Spain Itinerary

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9 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
3
Ronda
— 1 night
4
Granada
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll around Parque del Retiro, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Madrid is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Madrid is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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 30th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Seville at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

1
night
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 31st (Tue), learn about winemaking at Cortijo Los Aguilares, learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, then explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ronda trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Ronda sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Wineries Nature Parks
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and then have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Granada online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Ronda to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ronda in December, things will get little chillier in Granada: highs are around 15°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Generalife ©
Generalife

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in January since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 7°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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