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
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

4
days
Madrid

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip maker app .

Mumbai, India to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Madrid. When traveling from Mumbai in May, plan for slightly colder days in Madrid, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Malaga.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

2
days
Malaga

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 Burriana Beach, then see the sights in a new way with Segway Malaga Tours, and then explore the galleries of Alcazaba.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Malaga trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Malaga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Malaga. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Nerja, Benalmadena
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Benalmadena Puerto Marina ©
Benalmadena Puerto Marina
Balcon de Europa ©
Balcon de Europa
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach

1
day
Cordoba

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 Mezquita de Córdoba.

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Traveling by train from Malaga to Cordoba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Malaga in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Seville.

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Mezquita de Córdoba ©
Mezquita de Córdoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

3
days
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.
Seville is known for parks, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, take a stroll through Triana, and get great views at Torre Giralda.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seville visit planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ronda.

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Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Seville Cathedral ©
Seville Cathedral

2
days
Ronda

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.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ronda online route planner .

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Ronda are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

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Parks Historic Sites Nature
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El Tajo ©
El Tajo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

3
days
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.
Step out of Granada with an excursion to Fundación Cueva de Nerja in Nerja--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alhambra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of San Juan de Dios, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Granada attractions app .

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

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fundación Cueva de Nerja
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Generalife ©
Generalife
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

5
days
Barcelona

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 nightlife, museums, shopping, historic sites, and fun & games. 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 stroll through Park Güell.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in June, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
Casa Batlló ©
Casa Batlló
Park Güell ©
Park Güell

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