9 days in Spain Itinerary

9 days in Spain Itinerary

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9 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  6​h
2
Nerja
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Seville
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, go for a walk through Passeig de Gracia, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

Atlanta, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Nerja.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Nerja

Nerja ©
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Salon, kick back and relax at Burriana Beach, and then kick back and relax at Capistrano Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de la Alberquilla, stroll through Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of El Salvador, then kick back and relax at Papagayo Beach, and finally browse for treasures at Nerja Book Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nerja trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Barcelona to Nerja in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Nerja at 54°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Nerja

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa El Salon ©
Playa El Salon
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seville trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nerja to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nerja in December, things will get a bit warmer in Seville: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then wander the streets of Gran Via, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Cava Baja Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Seville to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 54°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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