21 days in Spain Itinerary

21 days in Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain trip planner

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Barcelona
— 2 nights
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Valencia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alicante
— 1 night
Drive
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Almeria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 1 night
Drive
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Cordoba
— 1 night
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Seville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Merida
— 2 nights
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Madrid
— 3 nights
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Barcelona
— 2 nights
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Barcelona

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then enjoy some diversion at La Casa Vella - Flamenco in Barcelona, and finally stop by El Barri Gòtic. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parc Guell, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

Plan trip to Barcelona with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Ottawa, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Barcelona. Traveling from Ottawa in September, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games

Valencia

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Micalet - Miguelete, and finally admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia and then get to know the resident critters at Bioparc Valencia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Valencia online route maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Valencia are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Alicante.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Alicante

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Marina de Alicante, then admire the natural beauty at El Palmeral, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Santa Barbara.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Alicante online route planner.

Drive from Valencia to Alicante in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Almeria.

Things to do in Alicante

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Almeria

— 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 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba, then take an in-depth tour of Centro de Interpretacion Patrimonial de Almeria, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Almeria trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Alicante to Almeria in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Granada.

Things to do in Almeria

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Granada

— 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada and then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Granada tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Almeria to Granada in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Almeria in September, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Cordoba

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

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.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba day trip app.

Getting from Granada to Cordoba by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in September, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Seville

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza de Santa Marta, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cordoba in September: highs in Seville hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Merida.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Merida

— 2 nights
Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Roman Circus of Merida, don't miss a visit to Lusitania, then take in the views from Roman Bridge, and finally delve into the distant past at Templo de Diana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza Mayor de Trujillo, examine the collection at Casa Museo Arabe de Caceres Yussuf al Burch, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Caceres, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Jorge.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Merida trip maker.

Traveling by car from Seville to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Merida sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Madrid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Madrid

— 3 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 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid road trip planner.

You can drive from Merida to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Barcelona

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and then make a trip to Palau Guell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, look for gifts at Casa Gispert, then admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.