10 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

10 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

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10 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Madrid
1
Madrid
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Malaga
— 5 nights
Bus:  45 min
3
Marbella
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Barcelona
— 2 nights
End: Barcelona

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Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madrid custom trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. May in Madrid sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Malaga.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Gran Via ©
Gran Via

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nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
For shopping fun, head to Mercado Central Atarazanas or Munira C B. Escape the urban bustle at El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro and Playa El Bajondillo. Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Playa La Carihuela (in Torremolinos) and Granada (Mirador de San Nicolas, Basílica de San Juan de Dios, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga and admire the masterpieces at Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga online itinerary creator.

Take a train from Madrid to Malaga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in May since evenings lows in Malaga dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Marbella.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Granada, Torremolinos, El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
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Mercado Central de Atarazanas ©
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro ©
El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro

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Marbella

Marbella ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Cabopino Beach and Marina, then stop by La Canada Shopping Centre, then take a stroll through Marbella Old Quarter, and finally do a tasting at D.OLIVA Marbella. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): Head underground at Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta), then stop by ArtesamArt, and then see the top attractions with La Ciudad.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marbella vacation builder.

You can drive from Malaga to Marbella in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Marbella sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marbella

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Ronda, Cueva de la Pileta
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Marbella Old Town ©
Marbella Old Town
La Ciudad ©
La Ciudad
Cueva de la Pileta ©
Cueva de la Pileta

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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 (Fri): take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and then admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fenals Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip generator.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Marbella to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Marbella in June, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Fenals Beach
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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