9 days in Spain Itinerary

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Madrid — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid sightseeing site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Madrid is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Madrid. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Madrid when traveling from Istanbul in January, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Seville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Seville — 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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seville route planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Seville is a bit warmer than Madrid - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Granada.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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 22nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and then have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Granada, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
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Barcelona — 3 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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Granada in January, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Spain travel guide

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.