39 days in Spain

39 days in Spain

Fernando Albert

Make it your trip
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Madrid
— 4 nights
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Barcelona
— 7 nights
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Peniscola
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Valencia
— 4 nights
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Granada
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ronda
Drive
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Setenil de las Bodegas
Drive
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Seville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Merida
Drive
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Salamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Pedraza
— 1 night
Drive
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Santander
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bilbao
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
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Madrid
— 7 nights
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Madrid

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Santo Tomé and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Appreciate the collections at Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha and Museo Sorolla. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Puerta de Bisagra, Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Santiago to Madrid due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Madrid are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

Barcelona

— 7 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Rutes Cadaques and La playa de Tamariu. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), S'Agaro (San Pol Beach & Camino de Ronda) and Tossa de Mar (Cala Pola, Playa Santa Maria de Llorell, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Barcelona route planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Peniscola.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 11:

Peniscola

Peníscola or Peñíscola, anglicised as Peniscola, is a municipality in the province of Castellón, Valencian Community, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Sala de Arte Tiziano.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Peniscola trip planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Peniscola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Peniscola can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Peniscola

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Valencia

— 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Take a break from the city and head to Platja de Ponent and Jardi del Turia. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and La Lonja de la Seda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Valencia's surroundings by going to Benidorm (Placa del Castell, El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm, &more) and Alicante (Paseo del Puerto Viejo, Castillo de Santa Barbara, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, get a sense of history and politics at Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Colon.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Peniscola to Valencia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Granada.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

Granada

— 3 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Step out of the city life by going to Burriana Beach and Fundación Cueva de Nerja. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de Velez (in Velez-Malaga) and Balcony of Europe (in Nerja). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, admire the landmark architecture of Generalife, see the interesting displays at Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada.

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Getting from Valencia to Granada by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Granada are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Ronda

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ronda travel route planning app.

You can drive from Granada to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ronda can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Setenil de las Bodegas on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Setenil de las Bodegas

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Setenil de las Bodegas trip planner.

Setenil de las Bodegas is very close to Ronda. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Seville on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Setenil de las Bodegas

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Seville

— 3 nights

City of Towers

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.
Visiting Parque Nacional de Donana and Beer Bike Sevilla will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza de España and Barrio Santa Cruz. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, visit Centro Historico de Sevilla, and explore the galleries of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip builder app.

You can drive from Setenil de las Bodegas to Seville in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Merida

Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Merida trip planner.

You can drive from Seville to Merida in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Salamanca on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Salamanca

— 1 night

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, admire the striking features of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

Start your trip to Salamanca by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Merida to Salamanca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Merida in May, things will get little chillier in Salamanca: highs are around 25°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pedraza.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Pedraza

— 1 night
Pedraza is a municipality in Spain, located in the province of Segovia in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cueva de los Enebralejos, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then don't miss a visit to Carcel De La Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Ignacio Zuloaga.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pedraza online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Pedraza takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Salamanca in May, Pedraza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Santander.

Things to do in Pedraza

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Santander

— 3 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parque de Cabo Mayor and Plaza Mayor de Ramon y Pelayo. Take a break from the city and head to Peninsula of Magdalena and Playa de El Puntal. Get out of town with these interesting Santander side-trips: Santillana del Mar (Museo de la Tortura, Museo de Altamira, &more), Playa de Ris (in Noja) and Cueva Covalanas (in Ramales de la Victoria). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita de la Virgen del Mar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Camello, and don't miss a visit to Palacio de Riva-Herrera.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santander holiday planner.

You can drive from Pedraza to Santander in 4 hours. Traveling from Pedraza in May, expect nights in Santander to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Bilbao

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Lupita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Vizcaya Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, then do a tasting at Bodega Talleri Upeltegia, then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and finally get outside with San Mames Stadium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Santander to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santander in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Bilbao, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

San Sebastian - Donostia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Calle San Pedro. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monte Urgull, admire the masterpieces at San Telmo Museoa, then wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally take in the views from Zurriolako zubia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Madrid

— 7 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Get in touch with nature at Tarentola Eco-Experiencias and Subida Pico Ocejon. Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Barrancas de Burujon (in Burujon), Parque Regional Cuenca Alta Del Manzanares (in Colmenar Viejo) and Toledo (Jewish Quarter, Catedral Primada, &more). Enjoy Madrid some more: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, discover the deep blue sea with PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and stroll through Chorrera de Despanalagua.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planner.

Fly from San Sebastian - Donostia to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 6:

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.