22 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

22 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

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22 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly:  19​h
Madrid
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Malaga
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
Cordoba
— Few hours
train:  45​min
Seville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ronda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
Mumbai (Bombay)

4
days
Madrid

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Catedral Primada in Toledo, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado, admire all the interesting features of Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, admire the landmark architecture of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Mumbai (Bombay), expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Madrid

Sightseeing Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Museo Nacional del Prado
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
days
Malaga

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 28th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, go for a stroll along the water at Benalmadena Puerto Marina, and then don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Burriana, then have fun at Segway Malaga Tours, and then explore the galleries of Alcazaba.

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Getting from Madrid to Malaga by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, Malaga is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Sightseeing Outdoors

Side Trips

Nerja, Benalmadena
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Benalmadena Puerto Marina
Balcon de Europa
Playa de Burriana

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), delve into the distant past at Roman Bridge, then make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cordoba vacation trip planner.

Getting from Malaga to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Malaga in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Sightseeing Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Patios de Cordoba

3
days
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 sightseeing, parks, nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de Espana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, and pause for some photo ops at Torre Giralda.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seville sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de Espana
Seville Cathedral

2
days
Ronda

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): wander the streets of Old City, take in the views from Puente Nuevo, then explore the striking landscape at El Tajo, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Toros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Reservatauro Ronda, explore the ancient world of Baños Arabes, then admire the landmark architecture of La Casa Del Rey Moro, and finally don't miss a visit to Alameda Del Tajo.

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Traveling by car from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Sightseeing Parks Historic Sites
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Puente Nuevo
El Tajo
Reservatauro Ronda

3
days
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.
Step out of Granada with an excursion to Fundación Cueva de Nerja in Nerja--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Juan de Dios, don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Royal Chapel (Capilla Real).

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Granada trip builder.

You can drive from Ronda to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ronda in June: highs in Granada hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Fundación Cueva de Nerja
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Alhambra
Generalife
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

5
days
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 sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, and don't miss a visit to Park Güell.

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Fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Granada in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Sightseeing Museums Parks
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La Sagrada Familia
Casa Batlló
Park Güell

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