13 days in Spain Itinerary

13 days in Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cordoba
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, and walk around Ciutadella Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner .

San Francisco, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Barcelona is 9 hours. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, steep yourself in history at Plaza de los Aljibes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and finally test your problem-solving skills at El Reino Escape Room. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, pause for some photo ops at Royal Chapel of Granada, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Granada online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Granada by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in December since evenings lows in Granada dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, get engrossed in the history at Calahorra Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cordoba online itinerary planner .

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 a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Cordoba

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Horseback Riding Tours
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque del Retiro and Royal Palace of Madrid. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, test your team's savvy at EXIT Madrid, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Cordoba to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Cordoba in December, you will find days in Madrid are slightly colder (54°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Outdoors
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EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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