18 days in Spain Itinerary

18 days in Spain Itinerary

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18 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Madrid
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Ronda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Nerja
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  6 h
5
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Family-friendly places like Parque del Retiro and Plaza de Oriente will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa de Campo, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid attractions planning app .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Madrid is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May; daily highs in Madrid reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Casa de Campo ©
Casa de Campo

2
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.
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, then don't miss a visit to Torre del Oro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
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.
Take a break from Ronda with a short trip to Amaneceres, Actividades Ecuestres in Estepona, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore by horseback at Paddock Paradise Ronda, explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda holiday planner.

Getting from Seville to Ronda by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Ronda

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Amaneceres, Actividades Ecuestres
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Paddock Paradise Ronda ©
Paddock Paradise Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda

3
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. Kids will enjoy Playa de la Alberquilla and Burriana Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Molino de Papel, stroll through Playa Torrecilla, get advice or help at Nerja Book Centre, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nerja online day trip planner .

You can drive from Ronda to Nerja in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nerja

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Playa de la Alberquilla ©
Playa de la Alberquilla
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo ©
Playa de la Cala el Canuelo

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.
Family-friendly places like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutadella Park will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, have some family-friendly fun at Enigmik Escape Room, visit El Barri Gòtic, and admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Barcelona holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nerja to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Nerja in May, you will find days in Barcelona are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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