12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Malaga
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Seville
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Dublin

1
night
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Malaga trip itinerary builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Malaga is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Malaga is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in August, you will find days in Malaga are much warmer (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Borrasca Experience, Río Chíllar
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Borrasca Experience ©
Borrasca Experience
Río Chíllar ©
Río Chíllar
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Segway Malaga Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Malaga to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Malaga in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then appreciate the history behind Torre Giralda, and finally admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seville custom trip planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in August, plan for slightly colder days in Seville, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

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nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Madrid, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

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

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 sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, stroll through La Barceloneta, browse the exhibits of Casa Batlló, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip generator.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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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