27 days in Spain Itinerary

27 days in Spain Itinerary

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27 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Benalmadena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tarifa
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Cadiz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Ronda
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
5
Seville
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
7
Malaga
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
8
Nerja
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Granada
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: London

2
nights
Benalmadena

Benalmadena ©
Stretching from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range to the Mediterranean ocean, Benalmádena offers all the highlights of southern Spain: traditional whitewashed villages, beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, and strong Andalusian influence.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Bajondillo, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, then stop by Recuerdame, and finally meet the residents at Bioparc Fuengirola. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Ayuntamiento De Benalmádena Castillo De Bil Bil, identify plant and animal life at Crocodile Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Carihuela.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Benalmadena trip builder.

London, UK to Benalmadena is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Benalmadena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Benalmadena

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Torremolinos, Bioparc, Recuerdame
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Bioparc ©
Bioparc
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Playa El Bajondillo ©
Playa El Bajondillo

1
night
Tarifa

Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa de Zahara de los Atunes and then kick back and relax at Los Lances Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bolonia Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa de Bolonia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tarifa vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Benalmadena to Tarifa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Benalmadena in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Tarifa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Cadiz.

Things to do in Tarifa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Zahara
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Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia
Playa de Zahara ©
Playa de Zahara
Los Lances Beach ©
Los Lances Beach

3
nights
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. On the 12th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Torre Tavira, enjoy the sand and surf at La Caleta Beach, and then stroll through Playa de Valdelagrana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Barrosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Palmar.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cadiz vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tarifa to Cadiz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tarifa in January since evenings lows in Cadiz dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Cadiz

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa de la Barrosa, Playa de Valdelagrana, Playa El Palmar
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Playa de la Barrosa ©
Playa de la Barrosa
Playa de Valdelagrana ©
Playa de Valdelagrana
La Caleta Beach ©
La Caleta Beach

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for sightseeing, nature, historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Reservatauro Ronda, explore the striking landscape at El Tajo, get outside with Ronda Dressage, and do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cadiz to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cadiz in January, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Ronda. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Tours Wineries
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SierrAventura Ronda ©
SierrAventura Ronda
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Parque Isla Magica and Parque Nacional de Donana. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, explore the galleries of Seville Museum of Fine Arts, and head outdoors with Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Isla Magica ©
Isla Magica
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then get to know the fascinating history of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Mezquita Catedral de Córdoba.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Cordoba, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

2
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 24th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, make a trip to Puerto de Malaga, and then kick back and relax at Playa de La Malagueta. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at SEGWAY MÁLAGA TOURS and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lobo Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Malaga holiday planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Malaga by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Malaga are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lobo Park
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Playa de La Malagueta ©
Playa de La Malagueta
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Segway Malaga Tours ©
Segway Malaga Tours

4
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa de Burriana and Papagayo Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, look for gifts at DEGUSTA ANDALUCIA, and explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nerja vacation builder.

You can drive from Malaga to Nerja in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Malaga in January: high temperatures in Nerja hover around 13°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Nerja

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo ©
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo
Papagayo Beach ©
Papagayo Beach

5
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.
Granada is known for sightseeing, historic sites, nightlife, spas, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, make a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas, contemplate the long history of Generalife, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Granada tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nerja to Granada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

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