48 days in Spain & Gibraltar Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 31 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 2 nights
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Almeria, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 2 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Alicante, Spain
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and finally wander the streets of Gran Via.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In January, daytime highs in Madrid are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 31 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Far de Sant Sebastia (in Llafranc), Tossa de Mar (Museu Municipal de Tossa de Mar, Art Gallery Blanco Grane - Tossa de Mar, &more) and Begur (Parroquia de Sant Pere i Santa Reparada & Castell de Begur). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Mallorca, explore the world behind art at Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma, pedal to the sights with Off Road E-scooter Tour, then step into the grandiose world of Castell de Bellver, and finally take in the exciting artwork at 2B Art Gallery Calvia. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Banos Arabes, view the masterpieces at Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca, then meet the residents at Palma Aquarium, then make a trip to Placa Major Mallorca, and finally make a trip to Passeig des Born.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Palma de Mallorca online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Ibiza Town.
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Ibiza Town, Spain — 2 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, step into the grandiose world of Castell de Eivissa, and then take a stroll through Dalt Vila. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Puerto de Ibiza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ibiza Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Las Boas, and finally work off some steam at MIM Spa Ibiza.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ibiza Town trip planner.

Fly from Palma de Mallorca to Ibiza Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Almeria.
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Almeria, Spain — 2 nights

Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): walk around Monsul Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Cabo De Gata Activo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then contemplate the long history of Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Almeria holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from Ibiza Town to Almeria takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marbella.
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Marbella, Spain — 2 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida del Mar, then don't miss a visit to Ermita del Santo Cristo, and finally wander the streets of Marbella Old Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, and then contemplate the long history of Alcazaba.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marbella driving holiday planner.

Getting from Almeria to Marbella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. March in Marbella sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Gibraltar.
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar — 1 night

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Rock of Gibraltar, enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, appreciate the history behind Sikorski Memorial, then steep yourself in history at The Great Siege Tunnels, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Grand Casemates Square, sample the fine beverages at Gibraltar Distillery, then Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gibraltar Botanic Gardens (The Alameda), and finally take a stroll through Main Street.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gibraltar day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marbella to Gibraltar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Gibraltar can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Getting from Gibraltar to Seville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Gibraltar in March, Seville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Alicante.
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Alicante, Spain — 3 nights

City of Sun

As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alicante: Benidorm (Playa de Levante, El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Passeig Esplanada d'Espanya, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Santa Barbara, look for all kinds of wild species at El Palmeral, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Alicante trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Seville to Alicante by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March in Alicante, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Ibiza travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Outdoor Activities
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.
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Andalucia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Castles · Landmarks
A region of geographic contrasts, Andalucía is home to ancient cities, sun-warmed beaches, deserts, and mountains. Spanning almost the entire southern section of Spain, it boasts a rich Moorish heritage, with numerous outstanding examples of Islamic architecture. Today, it’s a popular vacation destination for European tourists drawn to the modern resorts of Costa del Sol, but these beachside hotel complexes don’t overshadow Andalucía’s fascinating history. Numerous secluded corners of the coast remain unblemished by crowds. Farther inland, in cozy villages frozen in time, the local bar is the center of all activity, and farmers are the unofficial tour guides.
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