30 days in South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

30 days in South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

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30 days in South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + train:  18​h
1
Cordoba
— 3 nights
2
Seville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Malaga
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Priego de Cordoba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Granada
— 3 nights
7
Cartagena
— 2 nights
8
Almeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Sala el Potro. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and Roman Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Cordoba: Ceramica Alcaide (in La Rambla) and Alvear (in Montilla). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, admire the masterpieces at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calleja del Panuelo.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba online route builder .

Phoenix, USA to Cordoba is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Cordoba. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Cordoba reach 99°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Alvear, Ceramica Alcaide
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Catedral de Sevilla. Get a sense of the local culture at Barrio Santa Cruz and Las Duenas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seville: Parque Nacional de Donana (in Huelva) and Playa de Matalascanas (in Matalascanas).

Before you visit Seville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cordoba to Seville by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in August, you will find days in Seville are a bit cooler (91°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Playa de Matalascanas, Parque Nacional de Donana
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Parque Nacional de Donana ©
Parque Nacional de Donana
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.
Scott Simpson Fine Art and Museo Lara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Riding Fun In The Sun and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Leather Museum of Ubrique (in Ubrique), Casares Cemetery (in Casares) and Arcos de la Frontera (in Arcos de la Frontera). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, wander the streets of La Ciudad, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ronda holiday maker app .

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Ronda, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Casares, Parasailing & Paragliding, Arcos de la Frontera, Leather Museum of Ubrique
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Riding Fun In The Sun ©
Riding Fun In The Sun
Leather Museum of Ubrique ©
Leather Museum of Ubrique

4
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Malaga Cathedral and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Get in touch with nature at Burriana Beach and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Marbella Old Quarter (in Marbella), Castillo de Colomares (in Benalmadena) and Playa de la Cala Mijas (in La Cala de Mijas). There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, and explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Malaga travel planner .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Malaga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Priego de Cordoba.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Torremolinos, Nerja, Marbella Old Quarter, Playa de la Cala Mijas, Castillo de Colomares
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Marbella Old Quarter ©
Marbella Old Quarter
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

2
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Priego de Cordoba

Priego de Cordoba ©
Priego de Córdoba is a town and municipality of Andalucia Spain in the extreme southeastern portion of the province of Córdoba, near the headwater of the Guadajoz River, and on the northern slope of the Sierra de Priego. On the 10th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Lobo Park, then contemplate the long history of Alcaudete, and then step into the grandiose world of Fortaleza de la Mota. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Cisternas Romanas de Monturque, then do a tasting at Bodegas Lagar Blanco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Aurora, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Niceto Alcalá-Zamora y Torres.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Priego de Cordoba itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Priego de Cordoba takes 2 hours. Traveling from Malaga in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Priego de Cordoba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Priego de Cordoba

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bodegas Lagar Blanco, Fortaleza de la Mota, Alcaudete, Cisternas Romanas de Monturque, Lobo Park
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Fortaleza de la Mota ©
Fortaleza de la Mota
Cisternas Romanas de Monturque ©
Cisternas Romanas de Monturque
Bodegas Lagar Blanco ©
Bodegas Lagar Blanco

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitty Harri's Sculpture Garden and Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alhambra and Albayzin. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de los Aljibes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Priego de Cordoba to Granada by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Granada sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kitty Harri's Sculpture Garden
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©

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nights
Cartagena

Cartagena ©
On the 15th (Sun), wander the streets of Calle Mayor, see the interesting displays at Roman Theatre Museum, then explore the ancient world of Fortuna House, then make a trip to Lo Pagan Mud Baths, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Zenia Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Centro de Artesania de Cartagena, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Cabo de Palos, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip site .

Traveling by car from Granada to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Granada in September since evenings lows in Cartagena dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Almeria.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

La Manga del Mar Menor, Zenia Boulevard, Lo Pagan Mud Baths, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Roman Theatre Museum ©
Roman Theatre Museum
El Faro de Cabo de Palos ©
El Faro de Cabo de Palos
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Almeria

Almeria ©
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba, admire the masterpieces at Centro de Interpretacion Patrimonial de Almeria, savor the flavors at Almería Central Market, then examine the collection at Museum of Almeria, and finally examine the collection at ARCHEOSITE® Los Millares. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at El Playazo, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cabo De Gata.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Almeria trip itinerary website .

Getting from Cartagena to Almeria by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Almeria can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Almeria

Outdoors Beaches Museums

Side Trips

El Playazo, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba ©
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba
El Playazo ©
El Playazo
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
Visiting Fenals Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vila Vella (Old Town) and Art Gallery Blanco Grane. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Salou (Illuminated Fountain & Llevant Beach) and Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona). There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Almeria to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Almeria in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Salou, Tossa de Mar, Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Fenals Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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