18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Toledo
— 1 day
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Valencia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, take in nature's colorful creations at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary builder.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Juan to Madrid. Traveling from San Juan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Toledo.

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

1
day
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 17th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Iglesia de Santo Tomé, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Valle, and finally take in the views from San Martin Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Toledo trip generator.

You can take a train from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Mirador del Valle ©
Mirador del Valle
San Martin Bridge ©
San Martin Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), step into the grandiose world of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Triana, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seville online itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Toledo to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Granada.

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Royal Chapel (Capilla Real), admire the landmark architecture of Generalife, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basílica de San Juan de Dios, wander the streets of Albayzin, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then stop by Munira C B, and finally admire the striking features of Granada Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada vacation builder.

You can drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get curious at City of the Arts and Sciences. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral and then meet the residents at Bioparc Valencia.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Valencia trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Granada to Valencia by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in July, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

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, historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Picasso Museum, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and admire the striking features of Casa Batlló.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Barcelona sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Venture out of the city with trips to Es Trenc (in Campos), Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro), Caves of Drach (in Porto Cristo) and Alcudia Old Town (in Port d'Alcudia). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palma Cathedral Le Seu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Banys Arabs (Arab Baths), examine the collection at Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver), and meet the residents at Palma Aquarium.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palma de Mallorca vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Alcudia Old Town, Playa de Muro, Cuevas del Drach, Es Trenc
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Cuevas del Drach ©
Cuevas del Drach
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca
Alcudia Old Town ©
Alcudia Old Town

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