One Week: Taste of Two Cities

If you only have one week in Spain (you will want to return for more) use this itinerary to give you a taste of what Spain has to offer.

  • Day 1- Arrive in Barcelona
  • Day 2- Barcelona
  • Day 3 -Barcelona
  • Day 4- Train to Madrid
  • Day 5-Madrid
  • Day 6- Madrid (day trip to Toledo)
  • Day 7- Departure flight from Madrid

Two Week Itinerary: The Best of Spain

Two weeks in Spain will give you a well rounded tour of this diverse country. This will give you an introduction to the Catalonia region, Andalusia, and classic Spain.

  • Day 1- Arrive in Barcelona
  • Day 2- Barcelona
  • Day 3- Barcelona
  • Day 4- Train to Valencia
  • Day 5- Valencia
  • Day 6- Valencia
  • Day 7- Train to Madrid
  • Day 8- Madrid
  • Day 9- Madrid (day trip to Toledo or Segovia)
  • Day 10- Madrid
  • Day 11- Train to Seville
  • Day 11- Seville
  • Day 12- Seville (day trip to Cordoba)
  • Day 13- Seville
  • Day 14- Departure flight from Seville

One Week Itinerary: A Taste of Andalusia

This itinerary will give you a brief tour of Andalusias most significant cities and landmarks.

  • Day 1- Arrive in Seville
  • Day 2- Seville
  • Day 3- Train to Cordoba
  • Day 4- Cordoba
  • Day 5- Train to Granada
  • Day 6- Granada
  • Day 7- Departure flight from Granada

Two Week Itinerary: The Best of Spain

This itinerary will give you a full and leisurely tour of the major cities and towns of the Andalusia region in Spain. Take a couple of days, in the end, to enjoy Madrid before returning home.

  • Day 1- Fly into Malaga
  • Day 2- Malaga
  • Day 3- Malaga (day trip to Nerja)
  • Day 4- Malaga (day trip to Marbella)
  • Day 5- Train to Granada
  • Day 6- Granada
  • Day 7- Train to Cordoba
  • Day 8- Cordoba
  • Day 9- Train to Seville
  • Day 10- Seville
  • Day 11- Seville
  • Day 12- Train to Madrid
  • Day 13- Madrid
  • Day 14- Departure from Madrid
Things To Do

Barcelona


Park Güell

Park Güell is the brainchild of Barcelonas famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. It is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The park was originally designed in the early 1900’s for private residents but eventually became city property and a public park. It is free to enter Park Güell, however if you want access to section containing the majority of Gaudí’s work there is an entry fee.


La Rambla

La Ramblas is a wide tree lined street that runs down the center of Barcelona. Over tourism has tampered with the charm of this famous street, however it is a great place to start your exploration in Barcelona. This street separates the neighborhoods to the east and the west and is connected to Placa de Catalunya, which is a large square that leads to the old town.

Photo Credit: By xlibber – Barcelona North-East, CC BY 2.0


La Sagrada Família

The La Sagrada Família is another one of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural designs. This building has been under construction for over 100 years. Antoni Gaudí took over construction of this Catholic Church after the project started which gave it the Gothic/Art Nouveau design that he is known for. Gaudí was tragically killed after being hit by a tram in 1926 before the project could be finished. His body is buried in a crypt located inside the La Sagrada Família.


Barcelona Beach

You can have the best of both worlds and enjoy a vacation with a bustling city and a beautiful beach. Barcelona beach is one of the main attractions in this city where you can come and relax on the beach, enjoy water sports, and find great seafood.


The Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum is located in a medieval building in the Old City of Barcelona. With 4,251 pieces of his work, this museum has a complete collection of art from Pablo Picasso.


Visit the Montjuïc Neighborhood

You can walk, ride the cable, or take the funicular up to Montjuïc. Montjuïc is a neighborhood in Barcelona that sits on a hill giving you a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and water below. There are several monuments in this neighborhood including the Montjuïc Castle, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, and the Mont Mágica Fountain where you can catch a water show.


Madrid


The Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is a large square in the old city of Madrid. This historical plaza is surrounded by buildings that date back to the 16th century. Plaza Mayor serves as a meeting place and a major tourist attraction. Come here and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at one of the plazas sidewalk cafes.

By Nemo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0


The Royal Palace

Visit the palace that was once is home to the royal family of Spain. It is currently only used by the royal family for special ceremonies so the sections of the palace is open to the public. You can see the changing of the guard ceremony that takes place every Wednesday and Saturday between 11am to 2pm.


Retiro Park Madrid

Retiro Park , which once served as a retreat for the royal family, is now one of the largest parks in Madrid. Take a break from the city to explore this beautiful park. Visit the Crystal Palace which is a glass house featuring art exhibits. You can rent a rowboat and paddle across the lake or just take a stroll to enjoy the scenic greenery.


The Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is one of the most important museums in the world. This art museum is home thousands of prints, sculptures, drawings and paintings. If you are an art buff this museum is a must see during your trip to Madrid.


Mercado San Miguel

The Mercado San Miguel is a market near Plaza Mayor where you can get fresh produce and spices. However tourist flock here for the number of food stalls here where you can enjoy tapas with a glass of wine or a beer.

By Jose Gonzalez from Madrid, España – Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, CC BY 2.0


Day Trip To Toledo

Take a step back in time and visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Toledo. Toledo is only about an hour away from Madrid and is easily accessed by bus or train. This historical city has Roman and Moorish architecture, a medieval castle, plazas and narrow siding streets.


Valencia


Explore the Old Town

The charming old town is one of the number one tourist attractions in Valencia. Here is where you can wonder through the narrow lanes with cobblestoned streets and soak in the history. The old town is also where you will find many of Valencia’s landmarks, including the Valencia Cathedral and The Quart and Serranos towers, which are the remnants of the old city walls.


The Valencia Cathedral

Explore this beautiful Gothic style Cathedral in the Old Town of Valencia. This Cathedral was built sometime between the 13th and 15th century. In addition to the beautiful architecture you will find numerous 15th century paintings hanging on the wall.


City of the Art & Sciences in Valencia

The avant-gard architectural design of the arts & sciences building is a direct contrast to the old town of Valencia. This modern complex is two kilometers long and includes an aquarium, a digital 3D cinema, a science center, and an opera house.


Oceanogràfic Valencia

The Oceanogràfic Valencia is an aquarium located in the Arts & Sciences complex. There are over 500 species on exhibit at the Oceanogràfic to explore. This aquarium also has the largest 4D cinema in Spain. There are also a few restaurants including the Submarine Restaurant where you can enjoy a meal right in the middle of the aquarium surrounded by fish.


Visit one of Valencia’s Beaches

Barcelona is not the only city in Spain with a great beach. Valencia is home to several beautiful beaches. The Valencia coast has 125 km of white sand beaches. Two popular beaches close to the center are Las Arenas Beach and La Malvarrosa Beach. Although these beaches do get crowded in the summer, Valencia is still slightly under the radar when it comes to tourism so you won’t have an issue finding a spot on the beach.

Photo Credit: By Juanedc – CC BY 2.0


Central Market Valencia

The Centra Market Valencia is major architectural landmark in this city. This building was constructed between 1914 and and 1928. Not only should you can come here to check out the Valencian Architecture, you can find fresh produce, souvenirs, and restaurants within this building.

Photo Credit: By Adam Jones CC BY-SA 2.0


Try Spains National Dish Paella

Anywhere you go in Spain you will see this country’s most popular dish on the menus. Paella is a delicious rice dish that is traditionally cooked in a shallow pan over an open fire. This dish usually consist of rice, beans, seafood, and Spanish spices. Although considered Spain’s national dish, Paella originated in the city of Valencia, so this is the best place to find an authentic version.


Seville


Visit the Alcázar of Seville

The Alcázar of Seville (Reales Alázares de Sevilla) is an outstanding example of the architecture brought to Spain during the Moorish occupancy between the 8th and 15th century. The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace that was built sometime in the 8th century and is well known for its ornate detail and beautiful tiles decor. Surrounding the Palace are beautiful gardens which include a well manicured maze to get lost in. The Alcázar of Seville is a World Unesco Heritage Site.


Visit the Plaza de España

Plaza de España is an iconic landmark in the city of Seville. This beautiful complex is currently used for government buildings but is one of the number one tourist attractions in Seville. Completed in 1928, this building is located in Maria Luisa Park. The plaza is built in a wide half circle with bridges, a moat, and 48 small tiled alcoves that represent the different provinces of Spain. This location is also been used as a major film location.


Maria Luisa Park

Take a stroll through Maria Luisa Park. In addition to the beauty of Plaza de España, this park has several other monuments. This lovely park is filled with palm trees, orange trees, and several bird species, including the many parakeets that make this park their home.


The Seville Cathedral & Giralda Bell Tower

The Seville Cathedral dates back to the 10th century when the Moors ruled over Spain. In 1248, after the Spanish regained control, most of the Mosque was reconstructed to turn the Mosque into a Cathedral. The parts of the original Moorish architecture that remained intact are the entrance to the Cathedral and the Giralda Bell Tower, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.


The Gold Tower

The Torre del Oro, otherwise known as the Gold Tower is 36 meters tall and was built during the Moorish occupation in the 12th century. The tower sits on the edge of the Guadalquivir River and was once a part of the Moorish city wall.


Cross The Bridge and Explore Triana

Take a walk across the Triana Bridge and explore the local neighborhood of Triana. This neighborhood is outside of the busy tourist area definitely worth a visit. There is the Mercado de Triana which is a market near the river with tapas and food stalls. You can stop by the ceramics museum, find flamenco show, or spend your time exploring this local town.


Córdoba


Visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

The Mequita is also known as “The Great Mosque of Córdoba” or more recently, “The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption”. This beautiful structure was originally designed and occupied by the Moors in the 8th century. It was later acquired by the Spanish and converted from a Mosque to a Cathedral.


Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

The Alcàzar de Los Reyes is a royal castle that is located near the more popular tourist destination of the Mezquita. The Castle was built for a Catholic king in 1328 from the remains of an old Moorish fort.


Explore the Historic City Center of Córdoba

The entire city of Córdoba is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day wondering around this medieval city exploring the long winding streets, courtyards, and Plazas


Granada


Visit the grand Moorish castle of The Alhambra

The Alhambra was originally created in the 8th century and occupied by the Moors who arrived from North Africa and ruled over Spain for over 700 years. During this period Spain lived under Muslim rule.

In 1492 the Spanish pushed out the last of the remaining Moors and took over The Alhambra. During this time part of the complex was destroyed to replace the Mosque with a church and chambers were added for the Spanish Royal Family.

The Alhambra is a massive complex that includes royal palaces, courtyards, fountains, and a museum. It will require more than one day to thoroughly explore the Alhambra.


Explore the Old Neighborhood of Albayzín

Explore the Albayzín neighborhood of Granada where the famous viewpoint Mirador San Nicolás located. This neighborhood, which is etched into a hill, has maintained its original Moorish architecture. Wander through the narrow streets, admire the traditional houses, centuries old churches, and cute little plazas.


Mirador San Nicolás Viewpoint

Those amazing views you see of the Alhambra with the mountains in the backdrop are all taken from the Mirador San Nicolás viewpoint. You can take bus or enjoy a walk up to the viewpoint. Be sure to go in the evening if you want to catch the amazing sunset.

Photo Credit: By © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro, CC BY-SA 3.0


The Granada Cathedral

The Granada Cathedral is another Andalusian Moorish Mosque that was later converted to a church after the Spanish regained control of Spain.


Shop at the Alcaicería Bazaar

The Great Bazaar of Granada, the Alcaicería Bazaar, originally dates back to the 15 century. The bazaar used to expand over several streets, however most of it was destroyed by a fire in the 19th century. There is still a portion that remains of the bazaar, stretching from the Plaza Nueva all the way down to the Cathedral.

Photo Credit: By Nicolas Vollmer CC BY 2.0,