18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
3
Malaga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Granada
— 2 nights
5
Cordoba
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Toledo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Barcelona online tour planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Barcelona. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Barcelona hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
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.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, don't miss a visit to Metropol Parasol, get great views at Catedral de Sevilla, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Seville travel route planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Seville, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

2
nights
Malaga

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, browse the exhibits of Alcazaba, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Malaga. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, make a trip to Puerto de Málaga, then make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion Malaga, and finally don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga trip planner .

Take a bus from Seville to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Balcon de Europa
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Room Escape Games
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

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 30th (Mon), take a stroll through Albayzin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Royal Chapel, then make a trip to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, and finally don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Generalife, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de los Aljibes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada day trip site .

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in December, expect Granada to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

2
nights
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 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), take in the views from Roman Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, then take an in-depth tour of Calahorra Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Granada to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Toledo.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

2
nights
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, explore the world behind art at Church of Santo Tomé, explore the world behind art at Museo del Greco, then make a trip to Catedral Primada, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador del Valle. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Palace of Aranjuez, get engrossed in the history at Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, wander the streets of Casco Historico de Toledo, then explore the galleries of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue of Saint Mary the White.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Toledo driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Toledo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cordoba in January, you will find days in Toledo are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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