12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
4
Nerja
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Family-friendly places like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Magic Fountain (Font Magica) will thrill your kids. Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Park Guell, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Barcelona, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

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New York City, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Prado National Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro). On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid holiday planner .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Seville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Isla Magica. On the next day, get great views at Seville Cathedral, admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, then explore the galleries of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol, and finally admire the striking features of Torre Giralda.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seville online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Seville, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nerja.

Things to do in Seville

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Isla Magica ©
Isla Magica
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Attractions like Playa El Salon and Playa de la Cala el Canuelo make great kid-friendly stops. When in Nerja, make a side trip to see Alhambra in Granada, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa de la Alberquilla, make a trip to Balcon de Europa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador, and Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nerja holiday website .

Drive from Seville to Nerja in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Nerja, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Alhambra
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla

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