8 days in Spain Itinerary

8 days in Spain Itinerary

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8 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Malaga
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Madrid
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Barcelona
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Dublin

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 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Burriana and then don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa. On the next day, take a stroll through Marbella Old Quarter, stop by ArtesamArt, and then take in the views from Puente Nuevo.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Malaga itinerary builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Malaga is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in December; daily highs in Malaga reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Malaga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ronda, Nerja, Marbella Old Town
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Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe

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 24th (Sat): look for gifts at Coco Sevilla.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seville travel planner.

Drive from Malaga to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Mercado de Triana ©
Mercado de Triana
Zaguan 24 ©
Zaguan 24

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, then take a stroll through Gran Via, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through La Latina, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 11°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Gran Via ©
Gran Via
Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca

1
night
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 28th (Wed), take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and then stop by CELLARER. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through La Barceloneta, then admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona holiday planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Playa de La Barceloneta ©
Playa de La Barceloneta

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