20 days in Spain Itinerary

20 days in Spain Itinerary

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20 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Madrid
— 5 nights
2
Granada
— 3 nights
3
Alicante
— 3 nights
4
Valencia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sao Paulo

5
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Templo de Debod as well as Wanda Metropolitano. Kids will enjoy Royal Palace of Madrid and Retiro Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and La Latina. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, look for gifts at Memories of Madrid Tortilla Espanola, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid online road trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central European Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in June, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Sorolla ©
Museo Sorolla

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica de San Juan de Dios and Generalife. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Jerome Monastery and Mezquita Mayor de Granada. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, steep yourself in history at Parroquia de los Santos Justo y Pastor, step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, and take in the exciting artwork at Milenium Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Madrid to Granada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Alicante.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
nights
Alicante

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Santa Barbara. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Nicolas de Bari Procathedral, don't miss a visit to Marina de Alicante, then examine the collection at Museo The Ocean Race, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Santa Maria, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA).

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alicante trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Granada to Alicante in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in Alicante sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Alicante

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Guadalest, Santuario Santa Magdalena, Basilica de Santa Maria
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Castillo de Santa Barbara ©
Castillo de Santa Barbara
Santuario Santa Magdalena ©
Santuario Santa Magdalena

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Patacona, and then wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Coves de Sant Josep, see the interesting displays at Fallas Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castell de Xativa.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia road trip planner .

You can drive from Alicante to Valencia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Valencia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Castell de Xativa, Playa de la Patacona, Coves de Sant Josep
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Coves de Sant Josep ©
Coves de Sant Josep
Museu Faller de Valencia ©
Museu Faller de Valencia

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.
Popular historic sites such as Circ Roma and Vila Vella (Old Town) are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Casa Mila - La Pedrera and Casa Batllo capture your imagination. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Poblet (in Poblet), Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona) and Castell del Creixell (in Creixell). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, contemplate the long history of Peratallada, and view the masterpieces at En construccio.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Barcelona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tarragona, Castell del Creixell, Platja Port Bo, Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Poblet, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Plaza mayor de Chinchon, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then take a stroll through Gran Via, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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