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Spain Itinerary For 14 Days: See The Highlights Of Spain In 14 Days

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Spain is a very diverse country. It’s culturally & historically rich, has beautiful nature and delicious food in every single corner. These are my three specifications about Spain, which I’m also combining for you in this 2-week Spain itinerary.

In my Spain itinerary for 14 days, I’m taking you mainly to the cities reflecting many cultures and rich history. Sightseeing is complemented with some unique nature spots. For a few days, you’ll have a chance to relax on beautiful beaches. But the core of this itinerary is to explore most of Spain, its history, diverse cultures, and arts. You’ll also taste the delicious Spanish cuisine and experience tapas hunting.

Ready for the exciting Spanish journey? Come and explore Spanish culture with me and see the most from Spain within 14 days.

 

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The 14 day Spain itinerary map

 

 

Overview Of Spain Itinerary For 14 Days:

Here is an overview of what you can expect from this Spain itinerary each day:

  1. DAY: Barcelona
  2. DAY: Barcelona
  3. DAY: Barcelona ⇒ Valencia
  4. DAY: Valencia
  5. DAY: Valencia ⇒ Madrid
  6. DAY: Madrid
  7. DAY: Day Trip to Toledo
  8. DAY: Madrid ⇒ Granada
  9. DAY: Granada
  10. DAY: Granada ⇒ Málaga
  11. DAY: Day Trip to Nerja or Gibraltar
  12. DAY: Day Trip to Caminito del Rey
  13. DAY: Málaga ⇒ Sevilla
  14. DAY: Sevilla

 

 

Transportation

As for transportation, for each day, I provide how many hours it takes to get from one city or place to another. You can either choose to do this itinerary by train or by bus. You can also hire a car for it.

I recommend you stick to bus or train travel for the longer journeys between cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, and Granada.

Then you could hire a car in Granada (from day 10). Then finish the rest of the itinerary, exploring places within Andalusia by car. For more information about transportation in Spain (cheapest, more convenient options and my suggestions) read my Spain Travel Guide.

 

 

Spain Itinerary 1. DAY: ARRIVE IN BARCELONA

Our Spain itinerary starts in the second-biggest Spanish city, Barcelona. Let yourself to sort things out once you arrive. Go to your accommodation and get some snacks or late breakfast because today, we start exploring this lively city.

We’ll start the sightseeing right in the centre, Plaza de Catalunya. These are the sights I suggest you see today.

 

Sightseeing in Barcelona

  1. Walk through La Rambla street.
  2. Stop at La Boqueria market (get some fresh fruits or local specialties).
  3. Take a metro (Drassens station at La Rambla) to Plaza España.
  4. Enjoy the atmosphere of Plaza España. Walk towards the magical fountain and up to the National Palace. Nowadays, it serves as the Catalan Museum of Archaeology.
  5. See the Olympic stadium.
  6. Explore the Montjuïc Castle – walk there from the Olympic stadium, about 20 minutes walk. Or take bus n.150 to the castle
  7. Head back down to Plaza España once you have explored this military area (either on foot or with  the bus n. 150).
  8. Get some food around Plaza España.
  9. Enjoy the sounds of the magical fountain in front of the National Palace.

This performance takes one hour and is completely free of charge. The beginning of the show depends on the month you are here. 

Spain itinerary 14 days Barcelona Plaza Espana
Barcelona, Plaza España: Spain itinerary 14 days

 

Hot To Get To Montjuïc Castle

If you don’t want to walk all the way up from Plaza España to Montjuïc Castle, you have other 2 options:

 

Montjuïc Funicular

When you take the metro at Drassens station, you’ll get off at Parar-lel station. There is a connecting funicular, which takes you to the Montjuïc hill (close to the Olympic stadium).

So you’ll still have to walk 20minutes from the Olympic stadium to Montjuïc Castle or take the bus n. 150. You don’t have to pay anything extra for the funicular, you can use your regular metro ticket for it.

 

Teleferic De Montjuïc

It’s a cable car that will take you straight up to the Montjuïc Castle. You’ll also get off at Parar-lel metro station, where the cable car station is located. However, this option is quite pricy and touristy.

I wouldn’t make the journey with this cable car, walking is more exciting, and I can see more things. But if you like such things and don’t mind paying extra, then go for it for sure.

Barcelona Magical Fountain
Magical Fountain, Barcelona, Spain

That’s it for today. Our 2 weeks Spain itinerary has officially started today, and I hope you have enjoyed it for now. Tomorrow, we are going to explore more of Barcelona.

PRO TIP: If you want to learn more about these sightseeing points and monuments in Barcelona, check out my Barcelona itinerary. I’ve designed it for you to see the most of Barcelona and included description of each place.

 

Skip-the-line Tickets Are Necessary:

I strongly recommend you buy Skip-the-Line tickets for some attractions in advance. For example, with Sagrada Família, tickets are sold weeks in advance. Also, book skip-the-line tickets so that you don’t have to waste your time waiting in line.

In my Barcelona itinerary, I advise you for which attraction you should buy these skip-the-line tickets. You can also book them right below each attraction, so check out my Barcelona itinerary for bookings and additional information.

 

 

Where to stay in Barcelona: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

If you want to stay in the Old City (Ciutat Vella):

FLOR PARKS HOTEL

APARTHOTEL ARAI 4* SUPERIOR

 

If you want to stay in Barcelonetta (next to the beach and port):

H10 PORT VELL 4* SUP

 

If you want to stay on Las Ramblas (main tourist street leading to the main square):

DALIA RAMBLAS

 

If you want to stay at the Plaza Catalunya (main square):

IBEROSTAR SELECTION PASSEO DE GRACIA 4 SUP

 

If you want to stay at the Passeo de Gracia (main shopping street), in the heart of Barcelona close to all attractions:

CONDES DE BARCELONA

 

If you want to stay close to Sagrada Família:

SERCHOTEL ROSELLÓN

 

 

Spain Itinerary 2. DAY: BARCELONA

Good morning to Barcelona. I hope you slept well because we’ll see as much of Barcelona as we still can before departing to another wonderful part of Spain.

In the morning, get a good breakfast at your hotel. If you don’t have it included, even better. Head to a local bakery (they are everywhere) and grab some fresh bread or pastry with coffee.

If you want to learn more about what Spaniards eat for breakfast (and other meals of the day), check out my Spain Travel Guide, section Spanish food guide.

Our sightseeing starts again at Plaza Catalunya and continues in the old city of Barcelona.

 

Sightseeing in Barcelona

  1. Walk through La Rambla street
  2. Turn left to see to see the Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi
  3. Continue to the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri – you will see buildings damaged by bombing during the Spanish Civil War.
  4. Walk to Plaza de Sant Jaume – tourism office, tiny shops with various goods
  5. Get to the Barcelona Cathedral
  6. Visit Sagrada Familia (take a metro from Plaza Catalunya to Sagrada Familia)
  7. Admire Arc de Triomphe (take a metro from Sagrada Familia to Placa de Tetuan, then walk)
  8. Relax at Parc de la Ciutadella
  9. Go to Port Olimpic (many restaurants)
  10. Walk through the promenade until Barceloneta beach
  11. Enjoy Barceloneta and its many restaurants for dinner

 

Optional: From Barceloneta, you can walk further alongside the Marina Port Vell towards the Aquarium Museum until you reach the Cristoph Colombus monument (near Drassesn station, where you took a metro yesterday).

Barcelonetta Spain itinerary 14 days
Barcelonetta beach: Spain itinerary 14 days

I hope you enjoyed your Barcelona city tour. There are many more options for what to see and do in Barcelona. For example, visit the Tibidabo hill with rollercoasters and many attractions (especially if you travel with kids).

For more information about Barcelona and its highlights and bookings, visit check out my Barcelona itinerary for 3 days.

In case you want to spend more time in Barcelona and explore more of Catalonia, check out my list of top 8 road trips from Barcelona. It includes detailed informations and things to do.

 

 

Spain Itinerary 3. DAY: BARCELONA ⇒ VALENCIA

Today, we’re going to make our first transfer from Barcelona to Valencia, the birthplace of Paella.

Distance Barcelona –} Valencia: Bus ride takes about 4h 30min.

               Train ride is approx. 3hours.

 

Once you arrive in Valencia, let yourself some time to get to your accommodation. We can start the tour once you are ready.

 

Sighseeing in Valencia

  1. Central Market. Let’s try some specialties and feel the laid-back style of Spanish people, enjoying their tapas and talking (horchata is a typical drink of Valencia that you can try here).
  2. Explore the old city of Valencia.
  3. Head to Plaza de la Reina (the Queen’s Square).
  4. Walk towards the Valencia Cathedral.
  5. Climb up to the Miguelete bell tower and admire the stunning views of the city.

 

Traditional Valencian Paella & Beach Walks

For the evening, we’ll let ourselves have a peaceful walk alongside the beach and, of course, try the local Paella. Believe it or not, you can get a good Paella on the beach. Head to the Platja de la Marva-rosa to get a traditional Paella Valenciana, or much more.

 

Casa Carmela Restaurant

The restaurant I recommend you to go to is on Platja de la Marva-rosa, called Casa Carmela. They have many kinds of Paella, including the traditional one – Paella Valenciana. You can’t leave Valencia without eating Paella.

 

What Should Traditional Paella Contain:

  • short-grain rice
  • meat: can be chicken, pork, beef, snails, chorizo sausage
  • seafood: can be prawns, clams, cockles, mussels, lobster
  • stock: which is called ‘Caldo’ here in Spain (fish or chicken stock)
  • tomato
  • saffron
  • olive oil & salt

 

Enjoy your Paella, have a nice walk or a late swim in the sea, and see each other in the morning.

Paella Valenciana
Paella Valenciana

 

Where to stay in Valencia: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

LIVE IN CHIANTI

HOTEL MALCOM AND BARRET

COSY ROOMS BOLSERÍA

 

 

Spain Itinerary 4. DAY:  VALENCIA

Today is all about Valencia and science, as we are heading to the famous City of Arts and Science.

 

City Of Arts & Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences consists of 6 parts:

  • L’Hemisferic – was designed to remind you of a giant human eye and has a 3D cinema. You’ll get 3D glasses with a speaker, enabling you to watch whatever is on in your own language.
  • Science Museum of Principe Philip – it hosts various exhibitions, which are also great for children, as it offers many activities.
  • L’Umbracle – this part of a complex is free to enter. It’s a walk packed with local plants.
  • L’Oceanographic – experience the largest glass water tunnel in Europe, see dolphins and the Sea Life.
  • The Palace of Reina Sofia Arts – an opera house and a theatre.
  • L’Agora – an exhibition space, hosting many sports events.

 

What To Visit In City Of Arts & Sciences

You can choose to visit whatever part of the whole complex you are interested in. It may just be the L’Oceanografic or the L’Hemisferic. Or maybe you don’t want to pay and will only go through the L’Umbracle.

Whatever your interests are, you should at least come by and see this small City on its own in Valencia.

Walk through and admire the architecture. Sometimes, there are also some food markets so you can get some food. If not, there are restaurants and a supermarket in the shopping centre across the street, where you can get some lunch.

Valencia City of Arts And Science
Valencia – City of Arts: Spain Itinerary for 14 days

Tickets For City Of Arts & Sciences

You can book various tickets for the parts of City of Arts and Sciences below.

 

 

 

Afternoon In Valencia

Have a lovely free afternoon if you’ve managed to see what you wanted in the City of
Arts and Science. Walk through Valencia, or maybe do some shopping if it fulfills your soul. There are many shopping spots in the centre.

 

Beaches In Valencia

Another option is to have a beach afternoon. Relax on one of the great Valencian beaches – Platja de la Marva-rosa, or Platja de las Arenas.

Have some more Paella if you became slightly addicted :D. Tomorrow, we’re leaving this great city to see more Spanish highlights.

 

Spanish Festivals Near Valencia

Valencia also hosts an incredible Spanish festival, and I highly recommend you to be part of it. It’s the Las Fallas festival, annually held in March. Another Spanish festival, La Tomatina, takes place in the small town of Buñol, located just 30 minutes by car (1 hour by train) from Valencia. You can read more about these 2 Spanish celebrations in another article.

 

 

Spain Itinerary  5. DAY: VALENCIA ⇒ MADRID

We’re now heading to the capital of Spain, Madrid. Being the largest Spanish city, Madrid has also been declared as the European cultural capital. It has plenty of famous museums to explore, so don’t wait any longer. Let’s travel to the centre of Spain.

Distance Valencia —} Madrid: Bus ride takes about 3 hours.

          Train ride is approx. 2 hours.

 

After you have checked in to your accommodation, we can start our Madrid city tour.

Below, I am giving you suggestions for the top places you can see in Madrid. Many museums are included, so choose one or two based on your interest. Tomorrow, you’ll have the entire day in Madrid, so you can also leave some sightseeing for the next day.

 

Sightseeing in Madrid

  1. The Prado Museum – masterpieces of many artists from the Baroque and Renaissance epochs.
  2. Reina Sofia Museum – artistic collections from Dalí, Joan Miró, and Picasso. It also displays the famous Guernica from Picasso.
  3. National Archaeological Museum – sculptures and valuables from the history of Iberian peninsula.

If you aren’t so much into the museum, just walk through and enjoy Madrid’s atmosphere. Admire the stunning old buildings:

  1. Royal Palace – royal collections and beautiful frescos (you can also visit it inside).
  2. El Retiro Park – the largest park in the city, is a fantastic spot to relax from Madrid’s fast-paced life. Also great for a picnic.
  3. Puerta del Sol – famous for its clock, which reminds people, mostly Spaniards, of their tradition. Every end of the year, the last 12 seconds, Spanish people resemble here and with every chime, eat one grape until the New Year is announced.
  4. Plaza Mayor – the main square in Madrid is a must to see.
  5. Mercado San Miguel – this largest municipal market in Europe. Have some tapas and experience how Madrileños eat and enjoy their lives.
  6. Churrería San Ginés – visit the traditional Churrería for its traditional Spanish meal, fresh churros with hot chocolate.

 

Hope you have enjoyed your first hours in Madrid. It has excellent nightlife, so head to the streets in the evening and enjoy your time here.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid Panorama
Plaza Mayor in Madrid

 

Madrid Walking Tour:

If you like to do guided walking tours in cities, I recommend these tours below:

 

 

 

Book Guided Walking Tour in Madrid

 

 

Where to stay in Madrid: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

B&B HOTEL MADRID CENTRO PUERTA DEL SOL

HOTEL SANTO DOMINGO

ALOFT MADIRD GRAN VIA

MERCURE MADRID CENTRO

 

 

Spain Itinerary  6. DAY: MADRID

Take your time to enjoy another day in Madrid. You have the entire day to explore what you didn’t manage yesterday. May it be your museum’s round day or just chilling in Retiro Park, get the most out of Spain’s capital.

 

Cooking Class In Madrid

If you like to experience Spanish culture and learn more about its gastronomy, I recommend you do the following tapas cooking class. Madrid is full of museums, so if you aren’t really a museum fan, this would be a great option for you:

 

 

 

Book Cooking Class in Madrid

 

 

Spain Itinerary  7. DAY: TOLEDO Day Trip

Let’s explore another charming Spanish city. You can also choose to stay in Toledo overnight and continue the itinerary tomorrow from Toledo. However, there aren’t good connections from Toledo.

Therefore, I suggest you do it as a day trip from Madrid. In the evening, you will get back to your accommodation in Madrid.

Distance Madrid —} Toledo: Bus ride takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.

     Train ride is just 30 minutes.

 

Toledo is incredible. The mixture of cultures, Christian, Jewish and Moorish sites, and their architecture will surely capture you. It’s one of my top favorite Spanish cities.

You can explore the following sites in this enchanting town.

 

Sightseeing in Toledo

  1. Toledo Cathedral – representing the group of Christians living in Toledo.
  2. Alcázar de Toledo – built for military purposes, it’s a museum displaying military weapons. Go to its cafeteria on the top floor for great views of the city.
  3. Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes – commemorates the Spanish monarchs’ victory against Portuguese King Alfonso V, who wanted to conquer the Castilla region.
  4. Mirador del Vale – walk to this viewing point to get spectacular views of the city.

 

Walk around and get lost in the thousands of tiny streets and admire the architecture of the buildings. Toledo will take you back to medieval times.

Also, try the Suckling pick at a restaurant, which is the local specialty of Toledo.

 

Best Views In Toledo

Go up to the library and cafeteria in Alcazar. You can get the best views of the entire city from this spot.

In the evening, take a train back to Madrid and enjoy the nightlife there.

Spain itinerary 14 days Toledo
Toledo: Spain itinerary 14 days

 

Optional Guided Tour To Toledo:

If you feel like taking a tour from Madrid to Toledo, you can do so bookingthis one below:

 

 

Book Guided Tour of Toledo – Day Trip from Madrid

 

 

Spain Itinerary  8. DAY: MADRID ⇒ GRANADA

Our itinerary continues to the south of Spain. Today, another travel adventure awaits us, traveling to a brand-new autonomous community. Indeed, the biggest one, where we stay and explore its hidden germs until the end of our trip.

In the morning, travel from Madrid to Granada, the birthplace of Spanish flamenco.

Distance Madrid —} Granada: Bus ride takes about 3 hours.

          Train ride is approx. 3 hours 15 minutes

 

Welcome to Andalusia, the largest Spanish region (autonomous community). You have now arrived in Granada, an important city in Spanish history. Don’t wait any longer, check in to your accommodation, and get ready for the exploring.

If you are interested in learning more about Spanish autonomous communities (regions) and their highlights, get my Spain Travel Guide.

From now on, we’ll follow a little southern Spain itinerary. If you like, you can hire a car in Granada (on day 10) and explore the rest of the places on this itinerary by car. You’ll be much more flexible.

Like Toledo and any other Andalusian cities we’ll visit on this trip, Granada reflects the culture and co-living of three cultural and religious groups – Christians, Jewish, and Moors. Under the Moorish rule, many Andalusian cities, including Granada, achieved social, ethical, and spiritual integration of these three groups in one place.

 

Sightseeing in Granada

  1. Albayzín – Granada’s Arab Quarter.
  2. Alcaiceria – Granada’s Great Bazaar.
  3. Granada Cathedral.
  4. Royal Chapel – the burial place of the Spanish Monarchs, Queen Isabella I. and King Ferdinand.
  5. Corral del Carbón.
  6. San Nicolás square – best views of Alhambra and the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain behind it.
  7. Sacromonte – traditional neighborhood of Granada, which became home for gypsies after the Moors were expelled. This is the spot to go to if you want to see an authentic flamenco performance.

 

Granada Walking Tour

If I was to decide between doing a guided walking tour in Madrid or Granada, the latter would be my option without a doubt. Granada is packed with history and, to me, is one of the most unique cities in Europe (together with Sevilla). I would definitely do a guided tour here and learn more about its hidden gems. I recommend the walking tour below:

 

 

 

Book Guided Walking tour of Granada

 

Tapas Culture In Granada

Granada is the perfect place for tapas hunting. Once you go to a bar, order a drink, and in most places in Granada, you’ll get small tapas for free.

Tapas can be anything from pimiento (peppers), Spanish tortilla, patatas bravas (baked potatoes with salsa), deep-fried eggplant (Granada’s specialty) or calamari, croquettes, or olives with Jamón (Spanish dry-cured ham).

Tapas in Granada
Tapas in Granada

 

Flamenco Show

Andalusia is the birthplace of Flamenco, Spanish traditional dance. There is no better spot then experiencing Flamenco show here in Granada. The best spot for it is the Sacromonte. I recommend the following Flamenco show in a unique cave setting.

 

 

 

Book Flamenco Show in Sacramonte

 

Get a good rest, because tomorrow, we’ll head to see the famous Alhambra.

 

Where to stay in Granada: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

ARTE VIDA SUITES & SPA

HOTEL COMFORT DAURO 2

SMART SUITES ALBAICIN

HOTEL CASA MORISCA

 

 

Spain Itinerary  9. DAY: GRANADA

Explore Alhambra

Alhambra is a town alone within Granada. Take at least half-a-day to see it. It has many statuses, from fortress to palace, castle, and summer retreat.

Alhambra complex was built back in the 1200s during the Muslim reign in Andalusia. For many years, the Nasrid dynasty lived in Alhambra until the Spanish Monarchs conquered and expelled Moors from Andalusia and the entire Spain.

Alhambra then became the royal residence of the Spanish Catholic Kings. Nowadays, it is a top attraction to visit in Europe and serves mainly as a museum. Through royal chambers, admire the mixture of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, and visit the Moorish palace.

 

Skip-the-line Tickets Are Necessary

Tickets for Alhambra tend to be booked way in advance (more than 3 months before the visit). I highly recommend you plan the Spain itinerary and Granada visit ahead of time and reserve the tickets for Alhambra at least 3 months before your visit. But you might be lucky even later on. Check out the tickets below and book in advance.

 

Tickets for Alhambra + Guided tours of Alhambra

 

 

 

Book Alhambra Ticket here

 

Alhambra Free Of Charge

If you’ve missed booking your ticket in advance and can’t go inside the Alhambra complex, or don’t want to pay for it, don’t worry. There are many areas to explore within the complex free of charge. Just enter the main gate, walk through the beautiful Generalife gardens with fountains, and admire Alhambra’s surroundings.

Granada, Alhambra: Spain Itinerary for 14 days
Granada, Alhambra: Spain Itinerary for 14 days

 

Free Afternoon In Granada

Enjoy your free afternoon exploring the rest of the places, walk through Granada’s Great Bazaar, Alcaiceria, and don’t forget to go tapas hunting. For best sunset views, go up to the Plaza San Nicolás and its viewing point.

 

 

Spain Itinerary  10. DAY: GRANADA ⇒ MÁLAGA

Today, we’re going further south to the famous Costa del Sol. We’ll rest from sightseeing and enjoy the small towns with great beaches for you to relax.

In the morning, get from Granada to Málaga, the birthplace of Picasso.

Distance Granada —} Málaga: Bus ride takes about 1 hour 40 minutes (direct).

           Train ride is approx. 2 hours 50 minutes (1 change – there is no direct train from Granada to Málaga)

 

I’ve taken you to Málaga, as it is a great central point on the Costa del Sol, from where you have connections to get to the lovely places around. You can unpack your suitcases for a while, as we’ll stay 3 days here. It’ll serve us as the base for our daily excursions.

Check in to your accommodation and have an excellent free day in Málaga. You can go to the beach to relax for a while, or just scroll through the city.

Here are some suggestions on what to visit in Málaga.

 

Sightseeing in Málaga

  1. Picasso Museum – Málaga is the birthplace of Picasso, so if you like his art, this is the place to be. See the collections of his painting in the museum.
  2. Picasso’s house at the Plaza de la Merced.
  3. Alcazaba – a fortress built by Moors in the 8th century.
  4. Roman Theatre
  5. Malaga Cathedral
  6. Castilo de Gibralfaro – castle with a military purpose. Get the best views of Málaga and its port.
  7. Ataranzas Market – experience the daily life of locals at the central market. Try delicious food or get some tapas in the bars.
Malaga Spain itinerary 14 days
Málaga: Spain itinerary 14 days

Beaches In Málaga

You can spend your afternoon chilling on one of Málaga’s beaches. Playa la Malagueta is directly in front of the city (walking distance from the city centre). Or you can go to a smaller Playa de la Misericordia, but it is further from the city centre (30 minutes by bus).

 

Málaga Walking Tour

If you like to do guided walking tours and learn more about the city, I recommend this one in Málaga:

 

 

 

Book Málaga Walking Tour

 

Where to stay in Málaga: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

We are here in the southern coastline of Spain with great beaches and I believe it’s time to treat ourselves a bit.

Since we are also staying in Málaga for 3 nights, I recommend you stay in one of these beautiful boutique resorts and enjoy the atmosphere of la Costa del Sol.

HOTEL BOUTIQUE VILLA LORENA BY CHARMING STAY

 

If you still want to stay in the centre of Málaga, here are my recommendations and top accommodation tips:

HOTEL PALACETE DE ALAMOS

MOLINA LARIO

HOTEL DON PACO

 

 

Spain Itinerary  11. DAY: Day trip to NERJA BEACH/GIBRALTAR

Today, you have two options for a day trip from Málaga. You can either go to Nerja and enjoy its beautiful beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa del Sol). Or you can go south and visit Gibraltar, the only spot to see monkeys in Europe.

 

Day Trip To Nerja

In the morning, take the bus from Málaga to Nerja (or go by car if you hired one). This seaside town has a few beaches where you can relax.

Playa Burriana is the most touristy one, but there are also smaller, very nice beaches such as Playa de Carabeillo or Playa del Carabeo (these 2 are amazing).

Besides, it is famous for its Balcon de Europa viewing point with the sights of the Mediterranean Sea.

There are some nice restaurants along the beach, too. Have a rest, reflect on your trip and the sites you have seen so far. Enjoy the Spanish atmosphere.

Nerja beach
Nerja beach

 

Day Trip To Gibraltar

If you aren’t a beach person, there is something for you as well. Visit Gibraltar, the last British territory in mainland Europe. It’s also the only place in the entire Europe where you can see monkeys.

Take a passport with you as there are controls on the border when you come to Gibraltar.

 

How To Get To Gibraltar

There is no train running to Gibraltar. You can only get there by bus or by car. However, I don’t recommend you go by car. It can be a struggle driving within Gibraltar as it’s quite tiny.

With the regular bus from Málaga, it takes relatively a lot of time to get to Gibraltar. So the best option for you is to go to Gibraltar with an organized guided tour.

When you take a bus from Malaga, you can get furthest to La Linea de la Concepcion, a small city before the Gibraltar border. The bus will leave you there, and you can then cross the border on foot (which is not a problem). You’ll also go through the same procedure if you go by car. Just that you know.

 

Organized Guided Tour To Gibraltar

I recommend you visit Gibraltar doing the following organized tour. They’ll pick you up in Málaga and drive you directly to Gibraltar. You’ll have a guide on the bus, who will also take you on a tour through Gibraltar.

Or you can book the second tour, which only includes transfer and a guide on the bus, then can explore Gibraltar on your own.

 

 

 

Book Organized Tour to Gibraltar

 

Dolphin Watching In Gibraltar

Another great activity you can do in Gibraltar is dolphin watching. You’ll be watching them from a catamaran with comments from local guides. Check it out and book your dolphin-watching excursion to guarantee your spot.

 

 

 

Sightseeing in Gibraltar

Go to the famous Rock of Gibraltar for stunning views and monkey watching. Hopefully, you won’t get too annoyed by them… In the past, Gibraltar belonged to Moors. You can also visit the Moorish Castle and Mosque at the end of the peninsula.

Attention: As a British territory, in Gibraltar, you have to pay using British pounds. Some shops accept euros, too, but the exchange rates are not really good.

Spain itinerary 14 days Gibraltar
Gibraltar: Spain itinerary 14 days

Get back to Málaga in the evening.

 

More Day Trips From Málaga

Ronda is another beautiful town worth a day trip from Málaga. If you’re interested in visiting Ronda, check out my southern Spain itinerary and go to the sections ‘Day Trips from Málaga’.

 

Hope you enjoyed your day trips from Málaga. Tomorrow, there is another one, but this time, exploring some natural wonders.

 

 

Spain Itinerary  12. DAY: Day trip to CAMINITO DEL REY

Today, we’re going to visit an incredible Gorge Desfiladero with its thrilling pathway, located 40 minutes from Málaga.

The Gorge is about 3km long and only 10 metres wide. The wooden path was constructed on the side of the Gorge to provide access to the hydroelectric plant. King Alfonso XIII walked through this pathway to officially open the reservoir. As a result, it was named the Caminito del Rey – The little pathway of a king.

Let’s enjoy the walk alongside the Gorge with stunning views of the River Guadalhorce and its reservoir.

 

How To Get To Caminito Del Rey

In the morning, take a train from Málaga to El Chorro (40 minutes ride).

The Caminito del Rey has only one direction. It starts in Ardales, a little village, and finishes in El Chorro. There is no direct train to Ardales. However, there is a shuttle bus running every 30 minutes between these two places. So once you arrive in El Chorro, take the shuttle bus to Ardales, where you can start this exciting pathway.

Alternatively, you can go by car, too. There is a car park just 10 minutes from the official starting point of the Caminito. The shuttle bus will drop you near the car park, too. You have to walk about 10 minutes through a forest path until you reach the start of El Caminito.

 

Book Tickets In Advance

You’ll have to book the tickets way in advance as the Caminito del Rey has become very popular over the past years. There is a specific time slot you have to choose for walking through the pathway.

This way, they regulate the number of visitors entering the Caminito. So don’t go here without having a pre-booked ticket. You’ll most likely not be accepted for the walk as it’ll be fully booked for the day.

Caminito del Rey
Caminito del Rey

Enjoy your Caminito. It is 7.7km long, and the whole walk will take you between 2 to 3 hours, depending on the stops you make. Stroll through slowly and admire the stunning nature around.

In the afternoon, head back to Málaga from El Chorro by train. Enjoy the free afternoon in this city, or head to the beach to relax. Tomorrow, we have another travel day to the capital of Andalusia.

 

Guided Tour From Málaga To Caminito Del Rey

If you don’t want to experience the hassle of getting to Caminito del Rey (since the journey is slightly complicated), you can also book the following guided tour from Málaga. Tickets and a guide is included:

 

 

 

Book Caminito del Rey – Guided tour from Málaga

 

 

Spain Itinerary  13. DAY: MÁLAGA ⇒ SEVILLA

Good morning. Are you ready for our last destination of the Spain itinerary? Pack your bags and head to the train station. Take a train from Málaga to Sevilla, the birthplace of tapas.

Distance Málaga —} Sevilla: Bus ride takes 2 hours 45 minutes.

       Train ride is approx. 2 hours.

 

Welcome to Sevilla, the centre of trade and exploration of the Americas back in the 1500s. At the time, it was also the wealthiest Spanish city. We are going to spend the rest of our Spanish trip in this fantastic city.

Check in to your accommodation and head to the centre to explore it.

 

Interesting Fact About Tapas

Maybe you might want to go straight into a bar for some tapas for your lunch? Right for the beginning, I have an interesting fact for you:

Tapas – means to ‘cover or to top.’ Sevilla’s legend says that tapas were created when Sevillans took a slice of bread topped with ham and put it onto their glass of wine or any other drink to prevent flies from dipping into it. That is how tapas culture started, here in Sevilla, and was spread to other parts of Spain.

 

For today’s afternoon, check my suggestion on day 14 for what to see and do in Sevilla. Plan your stay accordingly. You might do some sightseeing today and cover the majority tomorrow.

For today evening, enjoy some tapas with drinks and walk alongside the River Guadalquivir.

Sevilla Spain itinerary 14 days
Sevilla, Plaza Espana: Spain itinerary 14 days

 

Where to stay in Sevilla: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

VINCCI LA RABIDA 

HOTEL POSADA DEL LUCERO

MELIA SEVILLA

WELLDONE CATHEDRAL

 

 

Spain Itinerary  14. DAY: SEVILLA

This year-round destination will let you finish your Spain itinerary in the best way possible. It’s hosting places of diverse cultures such as Moorish, Christian, and Jewish.

Sevilla is also the burial place of Christoph Colombus. Besides, it is the birthplace of tapas.

If you still haven’t bought some memories to take back home, you can do so here. Sevilla is also famous for its azulejos tiles – ceramics with colorful tiles.

Today, you’ll get the chance to explore this fantastic city. I’m giving you some suggestions on what to see in Sevilla below.

 

Sightseeing in Sevilla

  1. Sevilla Cathedral – the largest cathedral in the world, with 80 chapels. One of the highlights is definitely the tomb of Christoph Colombus.
  2. La Giralda – get the best views of Sevilla on the top of the bell tower. Under the Moorish reign, it used to serve as a minaret, from where Muezzin was calling inhabitants for the prayer.
  3. Barrio Santa CruzJewish quarter – Seville used to have the largest community of Jews. However, in the 14th century, they were forced to convert to Christianity. If they resisted, they were forced to leave the city under the threat of death. Nowadays, it is a charming neighborhood with tiny streets, cafes, and restaurants.
  4. Real Alcazar – Located in the Jewish quarter. Admire its Mudejar architecture (Moorish architecture style) and its stunning green courtyard. This palace is nowadays used by the Spanish Royal family.
  5. Plaza de España – one of the prettiest squares in entire Spain, Plaza España in Sevilla was built for the World Exposition in 1929. Its tile illustrations (made by typical Sevilla’s azulejos) depict many Spanish places, food, and autonomous communities.
  6. Maria Luisa Park – Have a nice walk through this green park next to Plaza España and a little rest from the sightseeing.
  7. Triana – opposite the old city and across the River Guadalquivir is the neighborhood, Triana. See flamenco’s monument at the Plaza de Altozano and do some shopping for ceramics with tiles azulejos, famous for Sevilla.
Sevilla, Giralda Spain Itinerary for 14 days
Me picking up oranges in Sevilla, Giralda in the background, Spain Itinerary for 14 days

 

Skip-the-line Ticket Are Necessary:

As with other attractions in Seville, I highly recommend you book skip-the-line tickets to the Cathedral + Giralda and Royal Alcazar in advance. You can do so under this image; just scroll down.

 

Seville Guided Tour + Skip-the-Line Tickets

As with Granada, here I also highly recommend you do a guided tour of the city, including the main monuments of Seville. It’s one of the most impressive cities in Europe, and this guided tour will tell you more about its history and fun facts. Tickets to the Royal Alcázas, Cathedral, and Giralda are already included:

 

 

Seville Guided tour including Top 3 Sites

 

If you don’t want to do a guided tour and just need skip-the-line tickets to the main attractions, you can book them below:

 

 

 

Cathedral + Giralda Skip-the-Line Ticket

Royal Alcázar Skip-the-Line Ticket

 

Evening In Sevilla

Today is the day for a real TAPAS EXPERIENCE. Join a Tapas Crawl and enjoy the best bars and evening atmosphere of Sevilla. Where else should you do a tapas tour if not in the birthplace of this Spanish tradition?

Enjoy the last night in Spain with Sevilla’s lively nightlife in its neighborhoods. I recommend you do the one tapas tour below:

 

Tapas Tour In Sevilla

 

 

 

Book Tapas Tour of Sevilla

 

 

More Tips For Spain Travel

This is my best of Spain itinerary for you to get the most out of authentic Spanish cities and places. At the same time, it’s a little itinerary through the south of Spain. It covers many cities, as Spain is mostly about the unique culture and rich history. Therefore, I have decided to create this itinerary for you to explore what Spain is mostly about.

Sevilla is also home to the 2 famous Spanish festivals – Feria de Abril and Semana Santa. They both take place in April. If you want to learn more about these festivals, read my article about the top 6 Spanish celebrations

If you are only interested in visiting southern Spain, check out my exclusive southern Spain itinerary for 10 days that I’ve designed for you.

Check out also the best road trips from Barcelona, if you want to extend your Spain itinerary.

You can read my other posts related to Spain in my Spain section. Discover my other travel itineraries in Europe as well.

I hope that my itinerary will enable you to have the perfect 2 weeks in Spain. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help designing a customized itinerary for your Spanish adventure.

Since you are so close to Portugal, you might also want to check out my Portugal road trip itinerary for 10 days. It’ll show you the highlights of the country and take the stress out from planning.

 

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