11 days is long enough to comfortably immerse yourself in up to three regions of Spain. Sunseekers can opt for the beaches in Barcelona and the Balearics and tours of the Moorish alcázars of Andalusia. Intrepid travelers can enjoy a self-drive road trip from Madrid to Seville, and foodies can go on a gastronomic odyssey to feast on the best tapas in Madrid and Andalusia—plus enjoy a flamenco show.

Itinerary #1: Best of Spain Highlights Tour

This 11-day highlights tour features the best of the best of Spain. It begins in the capital of Madrid with its medieval plazas and busy boulevards, then continues south to Andalusia with its history of Muslim conquest and Christian reconquest, culminating with an active cultural tour of Barcelona.

Plaza Mayor, the meeting place of Madrid
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Madrid Madrid
Day 2 Private City Tour - Discover Madrid's Royal Legacy Madrid
Day 3 Train from Madrid to Seville - Flamenco & Tapas Experience Seville
Day 4 Private City Tour of Seville Seville
Day 5 Day Trip to Córdoba - Private City Tour Seville
Day 6 Olive Oil Tour of Andalusia Seville
Day 7 Private Transfer to Granada - Wine Tour in Ronda Granada
Day 8 Private Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Granada
Day 9 Flight from Granada to Barcelona - Private Cycling Tour Barcelona
Day 10 Visit Park Güell & Sagrada Família Barcelona
Day 11 Depart Barcelona  


After checking into your hotel in Madrid, you can immediately head out and explore. There's no shortage of historic sights in this city of over three million people, and highlights include the Greek-inspired Fountain of Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, one of the largest plazas in the city. On day two you'll take a guided tour of Madrid's other landmarks, including the Royal Palace, El Retiro Park, and the Plaza Mayor, where crowds of rowdy Spaniards gather annually to ring in the new year.

Day three you'll take a high-speed train from Madrid south to Seville, which is the capital of Spain's Andalusia region. This land, rich in Muslim and Roman-Catholic heritage, is also the birthplace of flamenco music. You'll get a literal taste of this culture right off the bat with an evening visiting local tapas bars and attending an authentic flamenco performance. On day four you'll take a private tour of the city, visiting its historic and bohemian Santa Cruz neighborhood and the 15th century Seville Cathedral.

On day five you'll take a guided tour of Córdoba and see its Mezquita, a Mosque-Cathedral constructed in the eighth century. Day six you'll visit a working olive-oil estate, and on day seven it's off to Ronda, a mountaintop city with 360° views of the countryside. You'll see Ronda's famous Plaza de Toros (bullring) plus take a wine tour in a former monastery. On day eight you'll visit Granada, once the seat of Muslim rule in Spain, evidenced by the 9th-century Alhambra fortress that dominates the skyline. 

Day nine you'll take a flight to Barcelona and can start exploring. You'll walk through the famous Gothic Quarter and El Born neighborhoods, passing the Plaça Reial and the 13th-century Barcelona Cathedral. On day 10 you'll visit the most legendary buildings designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, like the basilica of La Sagrada Familia, and on day 11 you'll depart Barcelona. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain

Eat your way through Spain on a culinary tour of the nation's most beautiful regions. It begins in one of the most attractive cities of all—Barcelona—with a second stop in Madrid before winding down on the Andalusian coast amid tapas, flamenco, and memories of Picasso.

The Plaza de Espana, Seville
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Spain - Self-Guided Barcelona Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Private Tour of Barcelona by Land & Air Barcelona
Day 3 Private Cooking Class with a Master Chef Barcelona
Day 4 Train from Barcelona to Madrid Madrid
Day 5 Private City Tour - Discover Madrid's Royal Legacy Madrid
Day 6 Free Day in Madrid - Evening Flamenco Experience Madrid
Day 7 Train from Madrid to Málaga Malaga
Day 8 Picasso's Málaga Malaga
Day 9 Pilgrimage from Málaga Malaga
Day 10 Day Trip to Granada - Tour the Alhambra Malaga
Day 11 Departure from Málaga  


Day one in Barcelona you'll head out on an active tour of the city. Perhaps take the cable car up to Mt. Montjuic for the best views in town, and definitely stop by the Magic Fountain of Montjuic at sundown for a brilliant display of light and water. Day two you'll also see the city from above, this time on a helicopter tour, before visiting Gaudí masterworks La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. On day three you'll get to savor the flavors of Catalonia in your own private cooking class with a master chef.

Day four you'll leave for Madrid by train and, if you're hungry on arrival, can head to Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world. Day five you'll see the major city sights plus take a walk through El Retiro Park. This is Madrid's 308-acre green lung, and during the excursion, you can visit its 4,000-flower-strong rose garden.

Day six you're off to Seville. Before an evening of tapas and live flamenco, you can visit famous city landmarks like the stately Plaza de España and the 81,000-seat Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, home to the Real Madrid football club. On day seven you'll travel further south, all the way to the Costa del Sol and the city of Málaga. If you're feeling peckish head out to Calle Marques de Larios and sample the local tapas. On day eight you'll visit the Picasso Museum, as Málaga is the birthplace of the cubist master. 

Day nine is special as you'll participate in romería, a religious procession in which crowds of pilgrims walk from the city to a religious sanctuary in the country. It's a wild experience filled with costumes, parades, music, and food. On day 10 you'll make a day trip to Granada and tour the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On day 11 you'll depart Spain from Málaga. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Barcelona & The Balearic Islands

There are few better ways to recharge the batteries than on an 11-day city and island vacation. Even better when the city in question is Barcelona and the islands we're talking about are the Balearics.

Enjoy the beaches of the Balearic Isles
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Spain - Self-Guided Barcelona Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Visit Park Güell & Sagrada Família Barcelona
Day 3 Private Bike Tour of Barcelona Barcelona
Day 4 Boqueria Market Guided Tour - Cooking Class Barcelona
Day 5 Flight from Barcelona to Menorca - Explore Menorca
Day 6 Horseback Riding in Menorca Menorca
Day 7 Flight from Menorca to Mallorca - Explore Palma Palma de Mallorca
Day 8 Guided Tour of Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca
Day 9 Mallorca Sailing Tour Palma de Mallorca
Day 10 Hiking the Tramuntana Mountains - Village Tour Palma de Mallorca
Day 11 Depart Spain from Mallorca  


Upon arrival in Barcelona and after checking into your hotel you can embark on a self-guided tour of the city. Perhaps take a stroll along the Port of Barcelona and Barceloneta Beach, or visit Poble Espanyol, an open-air museum recreating traditional Spanish villages. On day two you'll visit the most famous sights designed by Gaudí, such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, which is located atop Carmel Hill. On your own, you can visit Ciutadella Park, a 70-acre green space home to the Barcelona Zoo.

Day three is a bicycle tour, which includes riding through the Gothic Quarter and El Born. On day four you'll visit the oldest market in Barcelona, Mercado la Boqueria, and pick up ingredients for a private cooking class. The next day, you'll hop a flight to Menorca, a small island in the Balearic Archipelago. Upon arrival, you'll pick up a rental car and hit local beaches like Cala d'en Tortuga or explore the capital city of Maó. Day six you'll take a horseback ride along Menorca's stunning eastern coast.

The next day you'll fly to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands. Its capital city of Palma is filled with incredible Moorish and Roman-Catholic landmarks like the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, which you'll see on a tour. On day eight you'll sail around the island and on day 10 you'll hike the coastal Tramuntana Mountains, which feature the best views in the Balearics. On day 11 you'll leave Mallorca for home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Ultimate Northern Spain Road Trip

This 11-day exciting road trip focuses on the north of Spain and all the treasures it has to offer. After enjoying Madrid you'll hit the road north, first into the Galicia region before finishing the trip on the Atlantic coast and amid the rich culture of Spanish Basque Country

The waterfront promenade in San Sebastian
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Madrid - Evening Tapas Tour Madrid
Day 2 Private City Tour - Discover Madrid's Royal Legacy Madrid
Day 3 Drive From Madrid to León - City Tour León
Day 4 Drive From León to Ribeira Sacra - Stop in Astorga Monforte de Lemos area
Day 5 Boat Tour of Ribeira Sacra - Drive to Vigo Vigo
Day 6 Tour the Cíes Islands - Drive From Vigo to Santiago Santiago de Compostela
Day 7 Santiago de Compostela - Cooking Class & City Tour Santiago de Compostela
Day 8 Drive to Oviedo - Stop in Lugo Oviedo
Day 9 Drive From Oviedo to Bilbao Bilbao
Day 10 City Tour of Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Day 11 Depart Spain  


You'll arrive in Madrid and right off you'll get a taste for Spain on an evening tapas tour. The next day you'll visit the most historic sights of Madrid on a guided tour. This includes the Royal Palce, Plaza Mayor, and all the nearby locales that comprise the center of Old Madrid.

On day three you'll begin your road trip as you head north to Léon, a city founded as a defensive settlement in ancient Roman and is home to well-preserved medieval buildings. On a city tour, you'll visit the old Roman Walls and the 13th century Catedral de León, a gothic masterpiece. On day four you'll drive west into Galicia, a beautiful region famous for being the endpoint for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. You'll arrive at Ribeira Sacra, a river valley with terraced vineyards.

On day five you'll take a boat tour of Ribeira Sacra and then head to the coast and the port city of Vigo. This will be the jumping-off point for the next day's boat tour of the Cíes Islands, whose white-sand beaches are better suited to the  Caribbean than Europe. That night you'll drive to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia. Its massive central cathedral is home to the remains of Saint James the Great, and you'll visit this church on a tour of the city on day seven.

Day eight you'll continue north, stopping at Lugo and then Oviedo for tours. Both are historic mountain towns featuring UNESCO World Heritage Sites like ancient Roman walls and impressive medieval churches. On day nine you'll drive north from Oviedo to the coast and Bilbao, in Basque Country. Day 10 you'll tour its historic Old Town plus stop at the Guggenheim Museum, a Gehry-designed building that's one of the most interesting structures in Europe. On day 11 you'll depart. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip

See some of the most beautiful locales in central and southern Spain over 11 days on a self-drive road trip. This is a fast-paced itinerary in which you'll depart from Madrid and end up on the Andalusian coast, and in between you'll enjoy walking tours of Toledo, Seville, Córdoba, Ronda, and Granada. 

Stop in Toledo on a road trip down to Andalusia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Madrid - Evening Tapas Tour Madrid
Day 2 Private City Tour - Discover Madrid's Royal Legacy Madrid
Day 3 Pick up Rental Car - Drive to Toledo - City Tour Toledo
Day 4 Drive From Toledo to Córdoba - Guided City Tour Córdoba
Day 5 Drive from Córdoba to Seville - Tapas Tour Seville
Day 6 Half-Day City Tour of Seville Seville
Day 7 Drive From Seville to Ronda - Stop in Arcos de la Frontera Ronda
Day 8 Drive from Ronda to Granada via the Caminito del Rey Granada
Day 9 Private Tour of the Alhambra - Ceramics Class Granada
Day 10 Drive from Granada to Málaga Malaga
Day 11 Depart Málaga  


Instead of hitting the road right away, you'll arrive in Madrid and spend the first couple of days acclimating to the culture. See the sights and visit the best tapas bars on day one, and on a guided tour on day two you'll visit even more famous locales like the Royal Palace and El Retiro Park. Day three you'll get your first taste of the open road when you drive to Toledo in a rental car. This historic hillside town was the capital of Old Spain until the 8th century.

Toledo is filled with a mix of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish landmarks, which represent its long history of cultural integration. You'll visit such sights as the 12th-century Moorish Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, and the Alcázar de Toledo. The latter dates all the way back to the 3rd century when it was first used as a palace in ancient Rome.

On day four you'll continue driving south to Córdoba, where you'll see even more Muslim landmarks, such as the 14th-century Alcázar de los Reyes and the Mezquita. Day five you'll drive west to Seville, and in the evening an expert guide will lead you around various tapas bars where you'll dine on specialties like Iberian ham and bacalao (salt cod). The next day, on a private tour of Seville, you'll visit historic neighborhoods like Santa Cruz and stop at the palace Alcázar.

You'll continue the road trip on day seven with a drive south from Seville to the romantic city of Ronda, which is situated atop a gorge. You'll stop along the way in Arcos de la Frontera, one of the "white villages" of Andalusia's countryside. After touring its medieval streets and enjoying lunch and wine, you'll head to Ronda, where you can snap photos from the famous triple-arched bridge.

Day eight you'll hike the Caminito del Rey, a network of bridges suspended from the side of a gorge over 2,000 feet above the ground. The hike takes between 3-4 hours and obviously features some stunning aerial views. At the end of day eight, you'll drive to Granada, and on day nine you'll enjoy a private tour of its massive, 9th-century Alhambra fortress. Later you'll participate in a tile-painting class hosted by a local artist.

On day 10, you'll drive to the seaside metropolis of Málaga, where the trip culminates. Take some time to enjoy the beaches and the many tapas restaurants on Calle Marques de Larios. Maybe visit the Picasso Museum, which is dedicated to Málaga's most famous son. Afterward, on day 11, it will be time to depart. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas