22 days in Spain Itinerary

22 days in Spain Itinerary

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22 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ronda
— 3 nights
4
Nerja
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  5​h
5
Ibiza Town, Ibiza
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Shanghai

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kids will enjoy Royal Palace of Madrid and Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro). Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, fly down the slopes at Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, and admire the striking features of Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid travel route planner .

Shanghai, China to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Shanghai to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Madrid, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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 21st (Sat): see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla, then step into the grandiose world of Palacio de San Telmo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take some stellar pictures from Seville Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Seville online trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July in Seville, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Escape the urban bustle at Reservatauro Ronda and El Tajo de Ronda. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City and La Ciudad. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Joaquin Fernandez Bodega, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, take in the views from Puente Nuevo, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ronda online itinerary planner .

Drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Ronda sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Wineries Neighborhoods
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La Ciudad ©
La Ciudad
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery

4
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. Visiting Playa El Salon and Playa de la Alberquilla will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Torrecilla and Burriana Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nerja: Granada (Generalife & Alhambra). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, enjoy the sand and surf at Capistrano Playa, and don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nerja trip builder website .

Getting from Ronda to Nerja by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Nerja are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Granada
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castle of Ibiza, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cala Llonga, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de ses Salines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Kentucky Derby, stroll through Cala de Sant Vicent, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Comte.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ibiza Town sightseeing planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Nerja to Ibiza Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. When traveling from Nerja in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ibiza Town, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Cala Llonga, Kentucky Derby, Cala de Sant Vicent
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Platja de ses Salines ©
Platja de ses Salines
Castle of Ibiza ©
Castle of Ibiza
Cala Comte ©
Cala Comte

2
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Buen Pastor Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ondarreta Beach, and then stroll through La Concha Beach. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Zurriola Beach, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then wander the streets of Parte Vieja.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia sightseeing planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ibiza Town to San Sebastian - Donostia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ibiza Town in July, expect San Sebastian - Donostia to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get a sense of the local culture at El Barri Gòtic and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's much more to do: stroll through Park Guell, examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta, and take a stroll through Barri de Gracia.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, with highs in Barcelona at 33°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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