12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Malaga
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Ronda
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Cordoba
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
5
Seville
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: London

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alhambra and Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias). Get some historical perspective at Mirador de San Nicolas and Generalife. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Albayzin, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Dar al-Horra.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Granada vacation builder.

London, UK to Granada is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Granada, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Granada: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

4
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Family-friendly places like Playa de Burriana and Papagayo Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Malaga side-trips: Bioparc Fuengirola (in Fuengirola) and Playa La Carihuela (in Torremolinos). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa El Bajondillo, stroll through Playa de La Malagueta, and look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Malaga online itinerary creator.

Getting from Granada to Malaga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Granada in December; daily highs in Malaga reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nerja, Torremolinos, Bioparc, Butterfly Park of Benalmadena
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Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Bioparc ©
Bioparc
Papagayo Beach ©
Papagayo Beach

2
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Plaza de Toros de Ronda, then wander the streets of Old City, then snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Tajo. On your second day here, do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, relax in the rural setting at Reservatauro Ronda, then delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Mondragon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ronda custom trip planner.

Drive from Malaga to Ronda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Baños Arabes ©
Baños Arabes
Palacio de Mondragon ©
Palacio de Mondragon

1
day
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.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Mezquita Catedral de Córdoba.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cordoba itinerary builder.

Take a train from Ronda to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to 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
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)

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.
Get some historical perspective at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Barrio Santa Cruz. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de Espana and Seville Museum of Fine Arts. Pack the 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Parque Isla Magica. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), appreciate the history behind Torre Giralda, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and admire the natural beauty at Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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