8 days in Spain & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Spain & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip maker tool.

Fly from Amsterdam to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get outside with Experience Box Spain. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Fundación Cueva de Nerja, then contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, then enjoy breathtaking views from Balcony of Europe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of El Salvador.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Malaga trip planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Malaga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Malaga sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Malaga

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Nerja, Marbella
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Climbing Tours
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja
Río Chíllar ©
Río Chíllar

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid holiday site.

Getting from Malaga to Madrid by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Malaga in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
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Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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