12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Benalmadena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tarifa
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Cadiz
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
4
Ronda
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
5
Seville
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
7
Malaga
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Nerja
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Budapest

1
night
Benalmadena

Benalmadena ©
Stretching from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range to the Mediterranean ocean, Benalmádena offers all the highlights of southern Spain: traditional whitewashed villages, beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, and strong Andalusian influence.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Crocodile Park and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparc Fuengirola.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Benalmadena trip itinerary planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Benalmadena is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and train. In December, Benalmadena is warmer than Budapest - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tarifa.

Things to do in Benalmadena

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Crocodile Park, Bioparc
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Bioparc ©
Bioparc
Crocodile Park ©
Crocodile Park
Butterfly Park of Benalmadena ©
Butterfly Park of Benalmadena

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Tarifa

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
On the 29th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa de Bolonia.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tarifa travel planner.

Getting from Benalmadena to Tarifa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Benalmadena in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Tarifa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cadiz.

Things to do in Tarifa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia

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hours
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cadiz vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Tarifa to Cadiz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tarifa in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cadiz, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ronda.

Things to do in Cadiz

Historic Sites
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Catedral de Cadiz ©
Catedral de Cadiz
Torre Tavira ©
Torre Tavira

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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 30th (Fri), experience rural life at Reservatauro Ronda.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ronda travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Cadiz to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ronda are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wildlife
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Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Espana and then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Parque Isla Magica.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Seville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Seville sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Fun & Games Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Isla Magica ©
Isla Magica
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cordoba sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Cordoba takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

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

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Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Malagueta.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Malaga vacation builder.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Malaga in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Playa de La Malagueta ©
Playa de La Malagueta
Puerto de Málaga ©
Puerto de Málaga

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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 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, then admire the striking features of Generalife, and then engage your brain at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Granada is a bit cooler than Malaga - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

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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 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nerja travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Granada to Nerja in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nerja are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

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