53 days in Spain Itinerary

53 days in Spain Itinerary

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53 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
1
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Granada
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Nerja
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ronda
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h
5
Seville
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Salamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Madrid
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Alicante
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Barcelona
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Ibiza Town, Ibiza
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ©
As the largest city in the Canary Islands, Las Palmas serves as a popular vacation destination, encompassing lively island culture and all the modern amenities of a major metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Casa del Queso (in Guia), Faro de Arinaga (in Arinaga) and Artenara (Iglesia de San Matias, Mirador de Unamuno, &more). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Experiencias Virtuales, contemplate the long history of Vegueta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Canteras Beach, and get great views at Mirador de Pinos de Galdar.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Palmas de Gran Canaria driving holiday planning site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect nights in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Artenara, Telde, Gran Canaria, Mirador de Pinos de Galdar, Casa del Queso
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Experiencias Virtuales ©
Experiencias Virtuales
Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach
Vegueta ©
Vegueta

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Malaga (Mercado Central de Atarazanas, Tabacalera Building, &more) and Benalmadena (Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village) & Prison Island). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Alhambra, explore the world behind art at Centro Federico Garcia Lorca, get your game on at El Reino Escape Room, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Granada route maker tool.

You can fly from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in December, you will find days in Granada are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are cooler (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Malaga, Benalmadena
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

5
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Sayalonga (Ruta del Sol y del Vino & Bodegas Bentomiz) and Ruta de la Pasa (in Comares). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Balcony of Europe, admire the local landmark of Fuente del Esparto, take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Salon.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nerja tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Granada to Nerja in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nerja can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sayalonga, Ruta de la Pasa
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Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Fuente del Esparto ©
Fuente del Esparto

6
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, make a trip to Paseo de Blas Infante, walk around Alameda Del Tajo, and take a stroll through Old City.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ronda driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nerja to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nerja in December, with highs in Ronda at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Parks Wineries
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

6
nights
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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

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You can take a bus from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Seville are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Salamanca is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Anaya, and admire the striking features of Convento Las Claras.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Salamanca trip site.

You can drive from Seville to Salamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seville in December, with highs in Salamanca at 11°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

6
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Segovia (Alcazar of Segovia, Acueduct of Segovia, &more) and Toledo (Convento de Santa Ursula, Catedral Primada, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid route planner.

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Madrid sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Alicante.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo
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Picnic Madrid ©
Picnic Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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nights
Alicante

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alicante: Benidorm (Paintball Benidorm, Mundomar, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Explanada de Espana, partake in some friendly competition at Locus Fugae, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA), and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Santa Barbara.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Alicante trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Madrid to Alicante by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Alicante to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Alicante

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Benidorm, Elche
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Locus Fugae ©
Locus Fugae
Explanada de Espana ©
Explanada de Espana
Museo Arqueologico de Alicante ©
Museo Arqueologico de Alicante

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nights
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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Alicante to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Alicante, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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nights
Ibiza Town, Ibiza

Ibiza Town ©
As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
When in Ibiza Town, make a side trip to see Sa Cova Winery in Sant Antoni de Portmany, approximately Sant Antoni de Portmany away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Necropolis del Puig des Molins, step into the grandiose world of Castell de Eivissa, head off the coast to Es Vedra, and admire the striking features of Time & Space by Andrew Rogers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ibiza Town online journey planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Ibiza Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ibiza, Sa Talaia, Kentucky Derby, Sa Cova Winery
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Es Vedra ©
Es Vedra
Necropolis del Puig des Molins
Necropolis del Puig des Molins
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa

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