13 days in Spain Itinerary

13 days in Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  6 h
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Madrid
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Casa Batlló and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Barri Gòtic and Las Ramblas. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Sagrada Familia, stroll through La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Güell Palace, and examine the collection at Casa Milà.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Barcelona is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and car train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo, about 1:25 hours away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, contemplate the long history of Casa de Campo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and explore the galleries of Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Madrid at 11°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
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 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa de Pilatos, brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, then step into the grandiose world of Palacio de San Telmo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, and finally explore the world behind art at Seville Museum of Fine Arts.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Seville: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Seville

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

3
nights
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de Maspalomas and Dunas de Maspalomas. Take a break from the city and head to Playa de Amadores and Playa de Las Canteras. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Mogan, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Maspalomas, have some family-friendly fun at Minigolf Yumbo, and stop by Tresor Noir.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Maspalomas tour planner.

Getting from Seville to Maspalomas by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seville to Maspalomas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Seville in January, with highs in Maspalomas at 24°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de Amadores, Playa de Mogan, Tresor Noir, Las Canteras Beach
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Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan

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