12 days in Spain Itinerary

12 days in Spain Itinerary

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12 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Granada
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and The Four Posts are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alcazar de Segovia and The Walls of Avila. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid journey planning app .

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avila, Alcazar of Segovia
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fenals Beach, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp.

Make your Barcelona itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Fenals Beach
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

2
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Muro and then kick back and relax at Playa de Alcudia. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra de Tramuntana and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Puerto de Pollensa.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Palma de Mallorca can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Alcudia, Playa de Muro, Playa del Puerto de Pollensa, Serra de Tramuntana
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Playa de Muro ©
Playa de Muro
Playa de Alcudia ©
Playa de Alcudia
Playa del Puerto de Pollensa
Playa del Puerto de Pollensa

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Alhambra, then appreciate the history behind Royal Chapel of Granada, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Granada road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Palma de Mallorca to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in September, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
nights
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Las Canteras Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Caleta, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Dunas de Maspalomas. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Maspalomas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Amadores, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Maspalomas road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Maspalomas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Granada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Maspalomas, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Las Canteras Beach, Playa de la Caleta, Playa de Mogan, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa de Amadores
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Las Canteras Beach ©
Las Canteras Beach
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan

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