20 days in Spain Itinerary

20 days in Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Madrid
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Toledo
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Cordoba
— Few hours
train:  1​h
4
Seville
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
5
Malaga
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Nerja
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Granada
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Begur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid travel planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Madrid. When traveling from Ottawa in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

1
night
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador del Valle.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Toledo trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Mirador del Valle ©
Mirador del Valle

few
hours
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 19th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Calleja del Panuelo, steep yourself in history at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and then don't miss a visit to Patios de Cordoba.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cordoba trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Toledo to Cordoba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toledo in May, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Patios de Cordoba ©
Patios de Cordoba
Calleja del Panuelo ©
Calleja del Panuelo

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.
On the 19th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seville online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cordoba in May: highs in Seville hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

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

few
hours
Malaga

Malaga
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Málaga, get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, and then contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Malaga vacation website .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Nightlife Tours
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3
nights
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. Nerja is known for nature, beaches, nightlife, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa El Salon, explore the activities along Río Chíllar, stroll through Playa Torrecilla, and get advice or help at Nerja Book Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nerja day trip planning website .

Drive from Malaga to Nerja in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nerja, with lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Playa del Molino de Papel ©
Playa del Molino de Papel

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room, tour the pleasant surroundings at Generalife, and then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, pause for some photo ops at Royal Chapel of Granada, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, and finally don't miss a visit to La Ermita de San Miguel Alto.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Granada road trip app .

Getting from Nerja to Granada by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Granada, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Begur.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room

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nights
Begur

Begur ©
Begur is a municipality in the comarca of the Baix Empordà in Catalonia, Spain, on the coastline of the Costa Brava.Begur has 3,986 inhabitants (according to the census of 2005). Explore Begur's surroundings by going to Dali Theatre-Museum (in Figueres) and Girona (Passeig de la Muralla, Patronat Call de Girona, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Village Medieval de Pals, enjoy the sand and surf at Platja Cala Aiguablava, and stroll through Plage de Sa Tuna.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Begur vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Granada to Begur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Begur

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Girona, Village Medieval de Pals, Dali Theatre-Museum
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Plage de Sa Tuna ©
Plage de Sa Tuna
Platja Cala Aiguablava ©
Platja Cala Aiguablava
Village Medieval de Pals ©
Village Medieval de Pals

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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 parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Begur to Barcelona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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