40 days in Spain Itinerary

40 days in Spain Itinerary

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40 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
Lanzarote
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Madrid
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Salamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Bilbao
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
7
Benidorm
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Valencia
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
9
Cordoba
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
10
Seville
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h
11
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Malaga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Granada
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  16 h
End: New Delhi

1
night
Lanzarote

Lanzarote ©
Today, the entire island is a World Biosphere Reserve, with over 500 different kinds of plants, 17 of which are endemic.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Surf Spot Famara, then wander the streets of Pueblo Marinero, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de las Coloradas, and finally look for gifts at Moto & Bike Lanzarote. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fundacion Cesar Manrique and then look for gifts at MW (minerales).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lanzarote travel guide.

October in Lanzarote sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lanzarote

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Surf Spot Famara ©
Surf Spot Famara
Fundacion Cesar Manrique ©
Fundacion Cesar Manrique
Pueblo Marinero ©
Pueblo Marinero

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Jacinta & Maria Chocolates and El Brabantinofor plenty of shopping. Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional del Prado are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Museo del Greco, Museo De Santa Cruz, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and gear up at Rent & Roll, Bike Guided Tours Madrid.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid travel guide.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Lanzarote to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanzarote in October: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
nights
Salamanca

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ieronimus and San Marcos Church. Get some cultural insight at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva) and Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja). There's still lots to do: stop by Lume Gallery, steep yourself in history at La Clerecía, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Arribes del Duero, and don't miss a visit to Salamanca, Casco Historico.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Salamanca travel guide.

Drive from Madrid to Salamanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Salamanca, with lows of 7°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Parque Natural Arribes del Duero
Highlights from your plan
New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva) ©
New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva)
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus

3
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Azkorri and Acantilados de Azkorri. Go for a jaunt from Bilbao to Bermeo to see San Juan de Gaztelugatxe about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Casco Viejo, take in the views from White Bridge (Zubi Zuri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and look for gifts at Sorpréndele Regalos para Hombre.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bilbao travel guide.

You can drive from Salamanca to Bilbao in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bilbao when traveling from Salamanca in October, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Acantilados de Azkorri, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Highlights from your plan
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
We've included these beaches for you: La Concha Beach and Zurriola Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parte Vieja and San Telmo Museoa. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ondarreta Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Buen Pastor Cathedral, stop by Mercado de la Bretxa, and step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia travel guide.

Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach

5
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Do your shopping at Las Ramblas and La Boqueria. Get outdoors at La Barceloneta and Barcelona Boat. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, stop by VOM FASS BARCELONA, zip around town in style with Vesping, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel guide.

You can fly from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Benidorm.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

2
nights
Benidorm

Benidorm ©
A major seaside resort on the famous Costa Blanca, Benidorm was built compactly, thanks to the foresight of a local government administrator in the 1960s, who had a vision for a holiday destination that would grow upwards.
On the 21st (Fri), get engrossed in the history at MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante Maca, then shop like a local with Carmen del Campillo Tea House, and finally contemplate the long history of Guadalest Valley. On the next day, wander the streets of Benidorm Old Town, then make a trip to Placa del Castell, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Juan, and finally step into the grandiose world of Santa Bárbara Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Benidorm travel guide.

Drive from Barcelona to Benidorm in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Benidorm, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Benidorm

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alicante
Highlights from your plan
Carmen Del Campillo Moriscos ©
Carmen Del Campillo Moriscos
Playa de San Juan ©
Playa de San Juan
Museo Arqueologico de Alicante ©
Museo Arqueologico de Alicante

3
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Take a break from the city and head to City of the Arts and Sciences and Bioparc Valencia. Get a sense of the local culture at Valencia Cathedral and Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda and look for gifts at Rana Books.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Valencia travel guide.

You can drive from Benidorm to Valencia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Valencia

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico, get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, contemplate the long history of Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, then take an in-depth tour of Calahorra Tower, then look for gifts at Meryan - Cordovan Leather, and finally wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, don't miss a visit to Barrio de la Villa, and then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cordoba travel guide.

You can take a train from Valencia to Cordoba in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cordoba can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Barrio de la Villa
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

4
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.
Real Alcazar and Barrio Santa Cruz will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de Espana and Seville Museum of Fine Arts. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), contemplate the long history of Casa de Pilatos, stop by La Extra-Vagante, and explore the galleries of Torre del Oro.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville travel guide.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Shopping Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
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.
Get some historical perspective at Baños Arabes and Mondragon Palace. Get some cultural insight at Dona Felisa Winery and Museo Lara. When in Ronda, make a side trip to see Del Cristo Beach in Estepona, approximately 1:15 hours away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Tajo, look for gifts at ArtesamArt, identify plant and animal life at Reservatauro Ronda, and take a stroll through La Ciudad.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ronda travel guide.

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Del Cristo Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery

2
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Mijas Magic, stop by VOM FASS Fuengirola-Costa del Sol, examine the collection at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga, then look for gifts at Muelle Uno, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcazaba. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, then don't miss a visit to Balcon de Europa, then stroll through Playa de Burriana, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Malaga travel guide.

Traveling by taxi from Ronda to Malaga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nerja, Vom Fass Fuengirola, Butterfly Park of Benalmadena, Mijas Magic
Highlights from your plan
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Archive Saint John of God Museum and Museo Casa de Los Tiros de Granada. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alhambra and Generalife. Go for a jaunt from Granada to Nerja to see Playa de la Cala el Canuelo about 1:15 hours away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, examine the collection at El Palacio de los Olvidados, stop by Subterranea, and contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Granada travel guide.

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, Granada is slightly colder than Malaga - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Playa de la Cala el Canuelo
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

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