22 days in Spain Itinerary

22 days in Spain Itinerary

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22 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  17​h 45​min
1
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Malaga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Seville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Salamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Burgos
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
8
Zaragoza
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
9
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana. On the next day, make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then snap pictures at Roman Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba itinerary website .

Phoenix, USA to Cordoba is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Cordoba. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Cordoba reach 84°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

2
nights
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 (Sun): stroll around Parque De La Paloma, examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum, contemplate the long history of Castillo de Gibralfaro, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Malaga Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Alcazaba, don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion, and finally take a stroll through Marbella Old Town.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Malaga journey maker app .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Malaga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Malaga, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Balcon de Europa, Parque De La Paloma, Marbella Old Town, Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion
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Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

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.
On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de los Aljibes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Granada, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios

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.
Visit Plaza de España and Barrio Santa Cruz for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Alcázar of Seville and Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Centro Historico de Sevilla, brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Macarena.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip planning tool .

Drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salamanca.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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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
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Walls of Avila and New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva). Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional de Escultura and Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis. Change things up with these side-trips from Salamanca: Avila (The Four Posts, Cathedral of Avila, & more) and Plaza Mayor de Valladolid (in Valladolid). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and contemplate the long history of Universidad de Salamanca.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salamanca online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Seville to Salamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in May; daily highs in Salamanca reach 71°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Burgos.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Avila, Valladolid
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
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Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

2
nights
Burgos

Burgos ©
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Burgos, then learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Evolucion Humana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de las Huelgas, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Cartuja de Miraflores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Orbaneja del Castillo, admire the striking features of Catedral de Palencia, and then admire the striking features of Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Burgos trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Salamanca to Burgos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Salamanca in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Burgos, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cascada de Orbaneja del Castillo, Catedral de Palencia, Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Catedral De Burgos ©
Catedral De Burgos
Cartuja de Miraflores ©
Cartuja de Miraflores
Monasterio de las Huelgas ©
Monasterio de las Huelgas

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dali Theatre-Museum and Barcelona Cathedral. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc Guell, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner .

Fly from Burgos to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Burgos in May, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 71°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dali Theatre-Museum
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Dali Theatre-Museum ©
Dali Theatre-Museum
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

1
night
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the striking features of Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, then admire the striking features of Palacio de la Aljaferia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zaragoza tour itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Zaragoza, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites
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Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza
Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Alcazar de Segovia in Segovia--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and admire the masterpieces at Museo Lazaro Galdiano.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Madrid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alcazar of Segovia
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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