12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  26​h
Barcelona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Zaragoza
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Seville
— 1 night
train:  45​min
Cordoba
— 2 nights
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
Sydney

2
days
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 10th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Park Güell, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Güell Palace, and then pause for some photo ops at El Cafè de la Pedrera.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Barcelona at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zaragoza.

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La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
Casa Batlló ©
Casa Batlló
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
days
Zaragoza

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Engracia, then pause for some photo ops at Aljafería Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra, and finally contemplate the long history of Daroca. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascensor del Pilar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria Magdalena, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seminario de San Carlos Borromeo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Miguel de los Navarros.

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Traveling by train from Barcelona to Zaragoza takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zaragoza when traveling from Barcelona in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

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Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Aljafería Palace ©
Aljafería Palace
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

2
days
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid and then see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then admire the natural beauty at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid online visit planner .

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Madrid in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Seville.

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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional del Prado ©
Museo Nacional del Prado
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa de Pilatos. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Seville Cathedral, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basílica de la Macarena.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seville road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Cordoba.

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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Seville Cathedral ©
Seville Cathedral
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España

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 18th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, and finally admire the striking features of Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cordoba holiday maker website .

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seville in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

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