13 days in Spain Itinerary

13 days in Spain Itinerary

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13 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Valencia
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

3
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, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Barcelona visit website .

Helsinki, Finland to Barcelona is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Barcelona. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Barcelona are much hotter (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

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

3
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: Toledo (Catedral Primada & Casco Historico de Toledo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Madrid at 14°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 26th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then make a trip to Metropol Parasol.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Seville is a bit warmer than Madrid - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
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.
On the 28th (Sat), have fun at El Reino Escape Room, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): wander the streets of Albayzin, then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and finally contemplate the long history of La Madraza.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada online trip planner .

Drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seville in December, with highs in Granada at 15°C and lows at 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
El Reino Escape Room ©
El Reino Escape Room
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

1
night
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, then make a trip to Micalet - Miguelete, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Valencia using our trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to Valencia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Granada in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Valencia: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Room Escape Games

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