A week in Spain Itinerary

A week in Spain itinerary

Planing a trip to Spain? Interested in spending a week in Spain? If so, here are top itineraries for visiting the most amazing destinations in Spain in a week

HOW TO PLAN A WEEK IN SPAIN: VISIT THE BEST OF SPAIN IN ONE WEEK

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Do you want to visit Spain, but you have only one week of your vacation?

Do you want to see the most beautiful, the most romantic … in short, the best cities in Spain only in a week?

Wondering what is possible to visit in Spain in a week only?

Hmm… do you want to see the best of Spain in 1 week? Are you interested in one week in Spain starting in Barcelona? Or in one week in Spain starting in Madrid?

Want to see southern Spain in a week? Or, wish to visit northern Spain in a week?

No worries. I’ve covered you!

Here are the top seven itineraries for spending a week in Spain.

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1. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY I: Madrid (El Escorial + Segovia + Toledo) – Barcelona – Valencia – Madrid

Spain in a week: Barcelona, Valencia and historic cities from Madrid

Day 1Madrid
Day 2Day trip to El Escorial
Day 3Day trip to Segovia and Toledo
Day 4Barcelona
Day 5Barcelona
Day 6Valencia
Day 7Back to Madrid (fly back home)

Day1 Madrid

Madrid should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
Madrid, Spain

Fly to Madrid-Barajas Airport, head to your chosen stay in Madrid, and start exploring one of the most interesting cities in the world.

Madrid is one of the most vibrant European capitals. It’s the 5th largest European capital by population (following Istanbul, Moscow, Paris, and London).

Madrid is a paradise for art enthusiasts, architecture admirers,shopping-holics,nightlife lovers, gourmets, and bon vivants.

Here are the best things to do in Madrid for your Madrid itinerary:

For the easiest Madrid sightseeing consider takingMadrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

Day 2 Day trip to El Escorial

Everyone needs to see amazing El Escorial monastery if traveling a week in Spain
Royal El Escorial monastery, Spain

Spectacular El Escorial is a royal residence of the King of Spain. RoyalEl Escorial complex has a royal palace, library, museum, monastery, basilica, pantheon, university, and hospital.

Grandiose El Escorial is a World Heritage Site and a top tourist attraction in Spain. More than 500.000 visitors yer visit El Escorial. VisitingEl Escorial in a day is one of the most popular day trips from Madrid.El Escorial is located about 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Madrid.

Time-wise I’d suggest taking a tour from Madrid toEl Escorial. If you are more into sports than into history, you might want to check out the famous Santiago Bernabéu stadium on the 2nd day in Madrid.

Day 3 Day trip to Segovia & Toledo

Segovia should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
Alcázar of Segovia, Spain

Segovia and Toledo are some of the most gorgeous historic cities in Spain. They are both easily reached in a day trip from Madrid.

Beautiful Segovia is a World Heritage City, famous for its Roman aqueduct with over 160 arches, wonderful Gothic-style cathedral, and incredible Alcázar of Segovia castle.

Everyone needs to visit beautiful Toledo in a week in Spain
Toledo, Spain

Amazing Toledo was the capital of Spain, before Madrid.

The old city of Toledo is renowned for its beauty. Spanish Toledo is aWorld Heritage City.

Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived peacefully next to each other in Toledo for centuries. They left an outstanding architectural heritage of over 100 historic monuments: churches,mosques,synagogues, and palaces in Toledo.

The Toledo Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Franciscan Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes is a must-see in Toledo, while the Jewish Quarter is one of the most picturesque areas of Toledo. El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum in Toledo provide a glimpse into the interesting history of Toledo and Spain. Besides that, the Alcázar of Toledo features a one-of-a-kind military museum.

Book the full-day tour of Segovia and Toledo: Alcazar with Cathedral & Lunch Options and enjoy one day visiting the magnificent historic towns of Segovia and Toledo.

Day 4 Barcelona

Park Guell in Barcelona needs to be visited in a week Spain
Park Guell Barcelona

Sunny Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So, if you haven’t visited Barcelona yet, this Spain itinerary explains how to visit this amazing city during your one week in Spain.

Take AVE high-speed train in Madrid and reach Barcelona inabout 2 hours and 30 min. Taking the high-speed train is the fastest way and most enjoyable way to get from Madrid to Barcelona.

Just for your info, I’m not recommending taking a bus from Madrid to Barcelona, as a bus ride from Madrid to Barcelona takesabout 8 hours.

Things to do in Barcelona

Get a Hola BCN: 48, 72, 96, or 120-Hour Public Transport Ticket and follow the suggested Barcelona itinerary:

For a quick Barcelona sightseeing, choose Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 1 or 2- Day Ticket.

Day 5 Barcelona

Day 6 Valencia

Valencia should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
Valencia, Spain

Beautiful Valencia is famous for its amazing City of Arts and Sciences complex.

The complex is one of 12 Treasures of Spain, along with the Cathedral of Seville, Cordoba Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to name a few.

TheCity of Arts and Sciences complex includes several buildings: the Oceanogràfic,(Europe’s biggest aquarium), Hemisfèric (a digital 3D cinema), Umbracle (a garden), Science Museum (with interactive exhibitions related to science and technology), Palau de Les Arts (the Opera House), and Ágora ( an events’ venue).

The fastest and the most enjoyable way to get from Barcelona to Valencia is byAVE high-speed train. A train ride fromBarcelona to Valencia takes 2 h and 40 min.

Day 7 Madrid (Fly home)

The fastest way to get from Valencia to Madrid is byAVE high-speed train.

It takes between 2 hours and 30 min from Valencia to Madrid by train. There are more than 20 direct trains a day from Valencia to Madrid.

Fly home.

2. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY II:Barcelona (Girona – Figueres) – Madrid (Segovia – Toledo – Avila – Salamanca) – Barcelona

Spain in a week: Madrid and outstanding historic cities with Dali Museum from Barcelona

Day 1Barcelona
Day 2Barcelona
Day 3Day trip to Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum
Day 4Madrid
Day 5Day trip to Segovia and Toledo
Day 6Day trip to Avila and Salamaca
Day 7Back to Barcelona (fly back home)

Day 1 Barcelona

Casa Batlló in Barcelona is a must visit when planning a week in Spain
Casa Batlló, Barcelona
  • The Gothic Quarter
  • La Rambla
  • Mercado de la Boquería: take a food market tour aand learn to make seafood paella

Day 2 Barcelona

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a must visit when planning traveling a week in Spain
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Day 3Day trip to Girona, and Figueres

Girona is a must visit if travelling a week in Spain
Girona, Spain

Gorgeous Girona is a medieval walled town located between Barcelona and Costa Brava in Catalonia.

It’s nicknamed the ‘City of the Four Rivers’. Girona has a beautiful old Jewish Quarter (one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe), a lovely baroque cathedral (the filming location of Braavos in Season 6 of Game of Thrones), charming River Onyar, hanging bridges, picturesque arcaded houses along the river, medieval walls walkway called the Passeig de la Muralla, and famous Eiffel bridge over the Onyar River (Eiffel made it before the Eiffel Tower in Paris).

Girona is also a gastronomic paradise for fresh fish and shellfish. If you’d love to try fresh seafood in Spain, check out great Michelin star restaurants in Girona.

Dali Museum in Figueres should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
Dalí Museum in Figueres, Spain

Catalonian Figueres is the birthtown of artist Salvador Dalí. The town is famous for the surreal Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí. TheDalí Museum is the main attraction inFigueres. The museum holds one of the best collections ofDalí artwork in the world (paintings, drawings, three-dimensional installations, and sculptures). TheTeatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí is one of the most unique museums in the world and a must-visit for art lovers.

Girona is 99 km (62 mi) away from Barcelona. And, Figueres is only 40 min away from Girona.

Choose Girona, Figueres, and Dalí Museum Day Tour from Barcelona. The tour takes 7 hours.

Day 4 Madrid

Madrid is a great baase for traveling a week in Spain
Madrid, Spain

The fastest way and most enjoyable way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is byAVE high-speed train. The train ride lasts 2 hours and 30 min.

Things to do in Madrid:

Day 5Day trip to Segovia and Toledo

Book the full-day tour of Segovia and Toledo: Alcazar with Cathedral & Lunch Options and enjoy one day visiting the magnificent historic towns of Segovia and Toledo.

Day 6Day trip to Avila and Salamanca

Salamanca should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
Salamanca, Spain Photo by Photo by Mayte Garcia Llorente on Unsplash

The Old City of Avila is a World Heritage Site. It is considered the ‘finest medieval remnant in Spain’.

Avila isnicknamed the Town of Stones and Saints. It’s probably best known for the 2-km long medieval walls and as the hometown of Saint Teresa of Avila (a Catholic saint and mystic).

The Old City of Salamanca is also a World Heritage Site. Salamanca is home to the Salamanca University (one of the oldest European universities), the Baroque-style Plaza Mayor, historical Casa da las Conchas built in Gothic and Renaissance-style with some Mudejar elements, fantastic Museo Art Nouveau y Deco, glorious Old Cathedral and New Cathedral, and elegant Roman Bridge.

Avila and Salamanca are cities of exceptional beauty and fascinating history.

If you are an art lover or history buff, you will love historic Avila and Salamanca.

Avila is located 115 km (72 mi) northwest of Madrid. Salamanca is located bout 220 km (136) northwest of Madrid.

Book this awesome Tour of Avila & Salamanca from Madrid and see two fascinating historic cities in Spain.

Avila should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
The Walls of Ávila, Spain

Day 7 Barcelona (Fly home)

Back to Barcelona and fly back home

3. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY III:Madrid (Segovia + Toledo) – Burgos- Bilbao- San Sebastian – Pamplona – Madrid

Spain in a week: Northern Spain from Madrid

Day 1Madrid
Day 2Day trip to Segovia & Toledo
Day 3Burgos
Day 4Bilbao
Day 5San Sebastian
Day 6San Sebastian
Day 7Back to Madrid (fly back home)

Day 1 Madrid

Recommended things to do in Madrid for your Madrid itinerary:

For the easiest Madrid sightseeing take Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

Day 2 Day trip to Segovia & Toledo

Book the full-day tour of Segovia and Toledo: Alcazar with Cathedral & Lunch Options and enjoy one day visiting the magnificent historic cities of Segovia and Toledo.

Day 3 Burgos

Burgos Cathedral is a must see if planning to travel a week in Spain
Burgos Cathedral © World Travel Connector

The best way to get from Madrid to Burgus is by bus. A bus ride from Madrid to Burgos lasts about 2 h and 30 min.

Lovely Burgos in Castilla is located on the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela. Burgos is a wonderful stop on the way from Madrid to Basque Country.

Burgos is known for the outstanding French-Gothic style Burgos Cathedral (a UNESCO site), royal Monasterio de las Huelgas with the tombs of many kings and queens, the Isabelline Gothic-style Cartuja de Miraflores monastery, and Arco de Santa María (former main gates to the old city).

Best things to do in Burgos for your Burgos itinerary:

  • Historic center of Burgos
  • Arco de Santa Maria: pass through the gate while walking from the town to the Cathedral
  • Cathedral of Burgos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Monasterio de las Huelgas: book in advance your ticket
  • Cartusian monastery of the Cartuja de Miraflores

Day 4 Bilbao

Bilbao should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the Basque Country, Spain

The best way to get from Burgos to Bilbao is by bus. A bus ride from Burgos to Bilbao lasts 1 h and 45 min.

Bilbao, nicknamed ‘the city of the Guggenheim’, is the capital of the Basque country.

Bilbao is considered the creative capital of northern Spain. The city has a unique mix of modern avant-garde and traditional architecture. Bilbao is cool and traditionalat the same time.

Bilbao is famed for the jaw-droppingGuggenheim Museum,Museum of Fine Arts, picturesque net of old streets calledLas Siete Calles (The Seven Streets),Mercado de la Ribera Market (the largest indoor market in Europe), and the Casco Viejo neighborhood withthe Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva, and the Churches of San Antón, San Nicolás, and San Juan.

Best things to do in Bilbao:

  • Casco Viejo: explore old narrow streets with cozy bars aand restaurants, shops
  • Plaza Nueva: indulge in pinxtos bars
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: admire Frank Gehry’s maasterpiece
  • La Ribera Market: visit the largest indoor market in Europe
  • Basilica of Begoña:

Day 5 San Sebastian

San Sebastian should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
San Sebastian, the Basque Country, Spain

There are direct bus and train lines from Bilbao to San Sebastian.

A bus ride from Bilbao toSan Sebastian lasts 1 h. Euskotren, the Basque country railway operator runs trains fromBilbao to San Sebastian. A train ride lasts 2 h and 30 min.

Glamourous San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (no exaggeration here). The architecture and natural setting of San Sebastian are strikingly beautiful.

San Sebastian is a paradise for beach lovers, foodies, architecture fans, and outdoors enthusiasts.

It has some of the best beaches in the world. San Sebastian’s La Concha beach is voted the most beautiful urban beach in Europe.

San Sebastian is a top culinary destination in the world with the second-highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter in the world. It’s known as a pintxos mecca!

Best things to do in San Sebastian:

  • Have beach time on the famedLa Concha beach (voted the most beautiful urban beach in Europe)
  • Stroll Parte Vieja (Old Town)
  • Visit the Baroque-style Basilica of Santa María del Coro
  • Explore San Sebastian sampling iconic Basque food on your way: book 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink
  • Take a Ferry to Isla de Santa Clara
  • Ride the waves at Playa de la Zurriola (famous among surfers)

Day 6 San Sebastian

La Concha beach in San Sebastian is a must visit when planning a week in Spain
La Concha beach, San Sebastian, Basque country

San Sebastian is absolutely stunning. Most likely you will fall in love with it. So, plan to stay 2 days in San Sebastian.

You can choose to visit the charming villages ofHondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan along the Basque coastline or to tour fishing towns of Getaria and Zarautz with a visit to a Txakoli cellar house (Txakoli wine is a typical Basque sparkling wine).

Day 7 Madrid (Fly home)

The easiest way to get from San Sebastian to Madrid is to fly. But the cheaper option would be catching a train. Alvia high-speed train between San Sebastian and Madrid runs 5 times a day. Alvia high-speed train ride from San Sebastian to Madrid lasts about 6 hours.

Back to Madrid and fly back home

4. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY IV:Malaga (Caminito Del Rey) – Granada – Cordoba – Seville – Malaga

Spain in a week: Andalusia from Malaga

Day 1Malaga
Day 2Hiking Caminito del Rey day trip
Day 3Granada
Day 4Cordoba
Day 5Seville
Day 6Seville / Day trip to Ronda and pueblo blancos
Day 7Back to Malaga (fly back home)

Day 1 Malaga

Climbing the Castillo de Gibralfaro for the panoramic views of Malaga is one of the best things to do in Malaga
Malaga from the Castillo de Gibralfaro © World Travel Connector

Fly to Malaga

Malaga airport (called Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport) is the 4th busiest airport in Spain (following only Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Palma de Mallorca Airport by traffic).

So, it’s easy to find flights to Malaga and it’s the best place for starting exploring fabulous Andalusia.

Sunny and sandy Malaga is one of the best vacation spots in Spain. Malaga is the capital of Costa del Sol and the birthplace of art genius Pablo Picasso. Malaga has more than 30 museums, great sandy beaches, numerous traditional tapas bars, and taverns, Michelin star restaurants, and upscale cocktail bars. It’s a paradise for museum lovers, beach enthusiasts, and foodies.

Swimming in La Malagueta beach is one of the best things to do in Malaga Spain
La Malagueta Beach in Malaga, Spain© World Travel Connector

Things to do in Malaga, Spain:

RELATED READ: Best Things to Do in Malaga

Day 2 Caminito Del Rey

Hiking Caminito del Rey on a day trip from Malagaa is one of the best things to do in Malaga area
Hiking Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey (the Little Pathway of the King) is a spectacular path over the magnificent canyon of the Guadalhorce River. 

This day tour to Caminito del Rey from Malaga helps you hike Caminito on a day trip from Malaga. Hiking Caminito del Rey is one of the best things to do in Andalusia for adventure seekers.

Day 3 Granada

Alhambra Palace is a must-see if you are planning to spend a week in Spain
The Alhambra and Granada © World Travel Connector

Granada is about 30 km (19 mi) away from Malaga.

The cheapest and the fastest way to get from Malaga to Granada is by bus. A bus ride from Malaga to Granada lasts 1 h and 45 min.

Glorious Granada is located in Darro Valley in the foothill of the legendary Sierra Nevada. Granada is home to the Moorish masterpiece of Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, the celebrated old Arabic quarter of Albayzin, and popular caves of the gypsy quarter of Sacromonte.

  • visit Alhambra: book skip-the-line Alhambra ticket
  • stroll Carrera del Darro, the main cobbled-stone street in Granada along the Darro River
  • walk around the old Arabic quarter of Albayzin
  • watch the sunset from Plaza de San Nicolás in Albayzin
  • enjoy authentic flamenco show in gypsy quarter of Sacromonte: book tickets for a flamenco show at Cuevas Los Tarantos
  • visit Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel
  • have some free tapas in Granada (yes, tapas are free in Granada!)

Day 4 Cordoba

Cordoba should be on every should be on your Southern Spain itinerary
Mezquita in Cordoba © World Travel Connector

Cordoba is one of the most beautiful places in southern Spain.

Charming Cordoba is about 200 km (124 mi) away from Granada.

The fastest way to get from Granada to Cordoba is by train. A train ride from Granada to Cordoba lasts 1 h and 30 min. A bus ride from Granada to Cordoba lasts 2 h and 45 min.

Historic Cordoba was the capital of Moorish Spain. Cordoba is home to world-renowned Mezquita-Catedral ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site), bewitching Arab courtyards with stunning fountains and exotic flowers, trees, and aromatic plants, gorgeous Calleja de las Flores (Alley of the Flowers), old Jewish Quarter, and beautiful Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos palace with gardens.

Things to do in Cordoba:

  • visit La Mezquita
  • wander Juderia (the Old Jewish quarter in Cordoba)
  • admire patios along Calleja de las Flores (Alley of the Flowers) in Juderia
  • see Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos palace with gardens
  • walk historical Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir river
  • enjoy in classic Andaluz plates (don’t forget to try salmorejo soup!)

Day 5 Seville

Wandering Barrio Santa Cruz is one of the best things to do in Seville Spain
Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville © World Travel Connector

Seville is about 140 km (87 mi) away from Cordoba.

The fastest way to get from Cordoba to Seville is by train. A train ride from Cordoba to Seville lasts 45 min. A bus ride from Cordoba to Seville takes up to 2 hours.

Royal Seville is the capital of Andalusia and a top tourist destination in southern Spain, and beyond.

Marvelous Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Seville is home to the Seville Cathedral (the world’s largest Gothic cathedral), the Alcázar of Seville (one of the most extravagant royal palaces in the World), marvelous Plaza de Espana, and interesting Metropol Parasol.

Things to do in Seville:

  • check out Seville Cathedral, the tomb of Cristopher Colombus and climb Giralda tower (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seville): buy in advance Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket
  • visit Alcazar of Seville: choose Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket 
  • stroll old Jewish quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz;
  • admire magnificent Plaza de Espana and Parque de Maria Luisa;
  • go to Metropol Parasol,  also called  “Las Setas” (the largest wooden structure in the world) for sunset views of Seville;
  • have tapas in the vibrant neighborhood of Triana;
  • visit Bullfighting Museum

RELATED READ: Best Things to Do in Seville, Spain

Day 6 Seville / Day trip to Ronda and pueblo blancos

Ronda is one of the best places to visit in Southern Spain
Ronda in Andalusia

There’s so much to do in beautiful Seville. One day is not enough to experience all the beauty of Seville.

But, if you would like to visit some of the most beautiful authentic Andalusian white villages, you can opt for this phenomenal Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip From Seville

Day 7: Malaga (fly home)

Malaga is 200 km (124 mi) away from Seville.

The fastest option to get from Seville to Malaga is by train. A train ride from Seville to Malaga lasts 2 h. A bus ride from Seville to Malaga lasts 2 h and 30 min.

Fly home

5. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY V:Madrid (Segovia and Toledo) – Seville (pueblo blancos)- Barcelona – Madrid

Spain in a week: Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona

Day 1Madrid
Day 2Day trip to Segovia and Toledo
Day 3Seville
Day 4Day trip to Ronda & pueblo blancos
Day 5Barcelona
Day 6Barcelona
Day 7Back to Madrid (fly home)

Day 1: Madrid

Fly to Madrid-Barajas Airport, head to your chosen stay in Madrid, and start exploring one of the most interesting cities in the world.

Here are the best things to do in Madrid for your Madrid itinerary:

For the easiest Madrid sightseeing take Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

Day 2: Day Trip to Segovia and Toledo

Book the full-day tour of Segovia and Toledo: Alcazar with Cathedral & Lunch Options and enjoy one day visiting the magnificent historic cities of Segovia and Toledo.

Day 3: Seville

Seville is about 530 km (330 mi) away from Madrid.

The fastest way to get from Madrid to Seville is by fast-speed train. A train ride lasts 2 h and 40 min. Just to mention, a bus ride from Madrid to Seville lasts about 7 h.

Things to do in Seville:

  • check out Seville Cathedral, the tomb of Cristopher Colombus and climb Giralda tower (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seville): buy in advance Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket
  • visit Alcazar of Seville: choose Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket 
  • stroll old Jewish quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz;
  • admire magnificent Plaza de Espana and Parque de Maria Luisa;
  • go up to Metropol Parasol,  also called  “Las Setas” (the largest wooden structure in the world) for sunset views of Seville;
  • have tapas in the vibrant neighborhood of Triana;
  • visit Bullfighting Museum

Day 4: Seville / Day trip to Ronda & Pueblos Blancos

Enjoy one day more in Seville or optionally choose this fantastic Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip From Seville

Day 5: Barcelona

Barcelona is about 900 km (560 mi) away from Seville.

The fastest way to get from Seville to Barcelona is by plane.

A flight from Seville to Barcelona lasts 1 h 40 min. But there are also direct fast-speed train lines from Seville to Barcelona. A fast-speed train ride from Seville to Barcelona lasts 5 h and 30 min.

Things to do in Barcelona

For a quick Barcelona sightseeing, choose Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 1 or 2- Day Ticket.

Day 6: Barcelona

Day 7: Madrid (fly home)

The fastest way and most enjoyable way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is by AVE high-speed train. The train ride lasts 2 hours and 30 min.

Fly home

6. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY VI: Seville (Cadiz, Cordoba) – Granada – Malaga – Seville

Spain in a week: Andalucia from Seville

Day 1Seville
Day 2Day trip to Ronda & pueblo blancos
Day 3Day trip to Cadiz
Day 4Cordoba
Day 5Malaga
Day 6Day trip to Granada & Alhambra
Day 7Back to Seville (fly back home)

Day 1 Seville

Fly to Seville International Airport (SVQ).

Things to do in Seville:

  • check out Seville Cathedral, the tomb of Cristopher Colombus and climb Giralda tower (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seville): buy in advance Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket
  • visit Alcazar of Seville: choose Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket 
  • stroll old Jewish quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz;
  • admire magnificent Plaza de Espana and Parque de Maria Luisa;
  • go up to Metropol Parasol,  also called  “Las Setas” (the largest wooden structure in the world) for sunset views of Seville;
  • have tapas in the vibrant neighborhood of Triana;
  • visit Bullfighting Museum

Day 2 Day trip to Ronda & pueblo blancos

Take this fantastic Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip From Seville and see the most beautiful white villages in Andalusia on a day trip from Seville.

Day 3 Day trip to Cadiz

Cadiz in Andalusia is a must see if planning to travel a week in Spain
Cadiz in Andalucia, Spain © World Travel Connector

Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz is one of the most beautiful seafront cities in Spain.

It’s known for amazing sandy beaches, San Sebastian Castle (a UNESCO site), Santa Catalina Castle,the charming Barrio El Pópulo neighborhood, monumental cathedral, and great seafood tapas bars.

Cadiz is about 120 km (75 mi) away from Seville.

A train ride from Seville to Cadiz lasts 1 h and 30 min. A bus ridefrom Seville to Cadiz lasts 1h and 40 min.

But time-wise and not to depend on the public transport, the best is to take comfortable Cadiz Full-Day Guided Excursion from Seville.

Day 4 Cordoba

Charming Cordoba is about 200 km (124 mi) away from Granada.

The fastest way to get from Granada to Cordoba is by train.

A train ride from Granada to Cordoba lasts 1 h and 30 min. A bus ride from Granada to Cordoba lasts 2 h and 45 min.

Things to do in Cordoba:

  • visit La Mezquita
  • wander Juderia (the Old Jewish quarter in Cordoba)
  • admire patios along Calleja de las Flores (Alley of the Flowers) in Juderia
  • see Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos palace with gardens
  • walk historical Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir river
  • enjoy in classic Andaluz plates (don’t forget to try salmorejo soup!)

Day 5 Malaga

If you want to have some additional beach time on the Costa del Sol, I suggest going to sunny Malaga.

Malaga is about 160 km (100 mi) away from Cordoba.

The fastest way to get from Cordoba to Malaga is by direct train. A high-speed train ride from Cordoba to Malaga lasts about 1 h.

Malaga is the capital of Costa del Sol and one of the best beach destinations in Spain.

Things to do in Malaga, Spain:

Day 6 Day trip to Granada and Alhambra

Choose Granada and Alhambra Shore Excursion from Malaga and visit Granada and Alahambra on a day trip from Malaga.

Day 7 Seville (fly home)

Seville is about 200 km (124 mi) away from Malaga.

The fastest option to get from Malaga to Seville is by train. A train ride from Malaga to Seville lasts 2 h. A bus ride from Malaga to Seville lasts 2 h and 30 min.

Fly home

7. A WEEK IN SPAIN ITINERARY VII:Bilbao (the Basque countryside) – San Sebastian (the Basque seaside) – Pamplona (La Rioja) – Bilbao

Spain in a week: The Basque Country from Bilbao

Day 1Bilbao
Day 2Half-day trip to the Basque countryside
Day 3San Sebastian
Day 4San Sebastian
Day 5Pamplona
Day 6La Rioja
Day 7Back to Bilbao (fly back home)

Day 1: Bilbao

Fly to Bilbao international airport. It’s the largest airport in northern Spain.

‘The city of the Guggenheim’ is the capital of the Basque country. Start exploring the Basque country from the capital city.

Best things to do in Bilbao:

  • Casco Viejo: explore old narrow streets with cozy bars aand restaurants, shops
  • Plaza Nueva: indulge in pinxtos bars
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: admire Frank Gehry’s architectural masterpiece
  • La Ribera Market: visit the largest indoor market in Europe
  • Basilica of Begoña (Virgin Begona is the siant patron of Biscay)

Day 2: Half-Day trip to the Basque Country

San Juan de Gaztelugatx is a must see in Spain
San Juan de Gaztelugatx

Book this fabulous Basque Country Tour From Bilbao and see the spectacular Vizcaya Bridge (the oldest transporter bridge in the world and a UNESCO site), the famous San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Game of Thrones filming location), the fishing town of Bermeo, the Urdaibai Biosphere (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the village of Gernika.

Day 3: San Sebastian

San Sebastin (Donostia) is 100 km (62 mi) east of Bilbao.

The fastest way is to get from Bilbao to San Sebastian is by bus. A bus ride from Bilbao to San Sebastian lasts 1 h.

San Sebastian is a paradise for beach lovers, foodies, architecture fans, and outdoors enthusiasts.

San Sebastian is a top culinary destination in the world with the second-highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter in the world. San Sebastian’s La Concha beach is voted the most beautiful urban beach in Europe.

Best things to do in San Sebastian:

  • Have beach time on the famed La Concha beach (voted the most beautiful urban beach in Europe)
  • Stroll Parte Vieja (Old Town)
  • Visit the Baroque-style Basilica of Santa María del Coro
  • Explore San Sebastian sampling iconic Basque food on your way: book 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink
  • Take a Ferry to Isla de Santa Clara
  • Ride the waves at Playa de la Zurriola (famous among surfers)

Day 4: Day trip to seaside villages of the Basque coastline

Choose Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour and visit some of the most charming seaside Basque villages in the Biscay Bay.

Day 5: Pamplona

San Fermin Festival in Pamplona
San Fermin Festival in Pamplona

Pamplona is about 82 km (51 mi) south of San Sebastian.

Pamplona is the historic capital of the Kingdom of Navarre. It’s also a stop on the famous Camino de Santiago Pilgrim’s Route.

Pamplona is probably best known for the San Fermin festival with running bulls. The festival is held from 6-14 July. It would be great to plan this itinerary in July and to be in Pamplona during the Pamplona San Fermin festival.

Lovely Pamplona is a lovely medieval town, still partially surrounded by medieval walls, a 6th-century citadel, a Baroque town hall, and a Gothic cathedral.

Pamplona is also a famous culinary destination for fantastic pintxos.

Pamplona is a great stop on this Northern Spain itinerary for exploring the nearby Rioja region.

Day 6: Day trip to Rioja

Visting vineyards in the Rioja region is a must if planning a week in Spain
Rioja vineyards

Rioja wines are the most famous wines from Spain. Join Winery Tour to Rioja with Tasting and Lunch from Pamplona and visit a winery and vineyards of the most famous wine region in Spain.

Day 7: Bilbao (fly home)

Head back to Bilbao.

Bilbao is about 150 km (93 mi) away from Pamplona.

The fastest way to get from Pamplona to Bilbao is by bus. A bus ride from Pamplona to Bilbao lasts 2 h and 30 min.

Fly home.

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