12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Madrid
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Toledo
— 1 day
train:  1​h
3
Madrid
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Zaragoza
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Barcelona
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
End: Madrid

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Basilica de San Miguel has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Wed), take a stroll through Gran Via, then admire the striking features of Palacio de Cibeles, and then pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza de Espana Madrid, admire the landmark architecture of Templo de Debod, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Sabatini, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, then make a trip to Plaza de la Villa, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. December in Madrid sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

1
day
Toledo

Toledo
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Toledo travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Toledo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll set off for Madrid on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife
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3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Rastro, Parque del Retiro, El Corte Ingles, and other attractions you added. On your second day here, see where the action happens at Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, browse the range of quality goods at El Corte Ingles, and then wander the streets of Barrio de Las Letras.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

You can take a train from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Stadio Santiago Bernabeu ©
Stadio Santiago Bernabeu
El Rastro ©
El Rastro

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Aljaferia, then don't miss a visit to Plaza del Pilar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zaragoza trip planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia

5
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Arc de Triomf, Camp Nou and Plaza de Cataluna. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner .

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zaragoza in December, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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