For most travelers, 8 to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for a Spain trip with stops in Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 6 or 7 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Granada or Valencia. Keep reading for more inspiring Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid itineraries.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 8-10 days in Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid combined
  • Visiting Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid in 6-7 days is possible but will feel rushed
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip 
  • The most common extensions are Granada and Valencia

How Many Days Should You Spend in Barcelona?
How Many Days Should You Spend in Madrid?

Recommended Itineraries for Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

The Royal Alcázar of Seville
The Royal Alcázar of Seville
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Seville - Private Rooftop & Tapas Tour Seville
Day 2 Private Bike Tour in Seville Seville
Day 3 Private City Tour of Seville Seville
Day 4 Drive from Seville to Córdoba - Guided Tour - Train to Madrid Madrid
Day 5 Private Tour of Madrid with El Prado Museum Madrid
Day 6 Train from Madrid to Barcelona - Evening Food Tour Barcelona
Day 7 Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Day 8 Depart Barcelona  


This 8-day itinerary checks off Spain's three most exciting cities for an adventure you won't soon forget. Kick-off in Seville where you'll explore Moorish architecture and other top sites in the historic center. Then, train to Madrid (by way of Córdoba) and wander through the elegant streets and Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for beachy vibes and a private tour of La Sagrada Familia. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 9 Days

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Explore the coast of Spain
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Spain – Luxury Accommodation & Barcelona Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Luxury Private Tour of Barcelona by Land & Air Barcelona
Day 3 Private Gourmet Cooking Class with a Master Chef Barcelona
Day 4 Train from Barcelona to Madrid - Luxury in the City 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 Seville Seville
Day 8 Private City Tour of Seville Seville
Day 9 Private Transfer from Seville to Madrid - Departure  


Nine days is enough time to enjoy some of Spain's most beautiful regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. The adventure kicks off in Barcelona with a fun helicopter ride and then continues with walking tours of Madrid's historic streets. Finally, you'll end up in Seville, the capital of Andalusia and a city home to the most incredible Moorish architecture in the nation. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 10 Days

Madrid's Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace
Madrid's Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Seville Seville
Day 2 Private River Cruise & Tour of Triana Seville
Day 3 Private City Tour of Seville Seville
Day 4 Drive from Seville to Córdoba - Guided Tour - Train to Madrid Madrid
Day 5 Private Tour of Madrid with El Prado Museum Madrid
Day 6 Free Day to Explore Madrid Madrid
Day 7 Train from Madrid to Barcelona - Evening Food Tour Barcelona
Day 8 Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Day 9 Free Day to Explore Barcelona Barcelona
Day 10 Depart Barcelona  


This 10-day itinerary combines Spain's three most exciting cities with a nice mix of private tours and free time. Kick-off in Seville where you'll experience the beautiful historic center and up-and-coming Triana district. Next, train to Madrid—with a stop in Córdoba—and stroll through the elegant streets and world-famous Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Mediterranean beaches and Gaudí highlights. Read more

Extended Itineraries

11-Day Itinerary Including Granada

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Explore the Alhambra in Granada
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  


The opportunities for fun and adventure in a country like Spain are inexhaustible. That said, this itinerary packs as much excitement into 11 days as possible and includes city tours of Madrid and Barcelona as well as visits to multiple locales in Andalusia. In this region, you'll enjoy the tapas and flamenco of Seville, wine tours of Ronda, and visiting the famous Alhambra fortress in Granada. Read more

12-Day Itinerary Including Granada and Ronda

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The bridge in Ronda
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 Ronda - Wine Tour Ronda
Day 8 Hiking Ronda - Transfer to Granada Granada
Day 9 Private Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Granada
Day 10 Flight from Granada to Barcelona - Private Cycling Tour Barcelona
Day 11 Visit Park Güell & Sagrada Família Barcelona
Day 12 Depart Barcelona  


With 12 days in Spain, you can visit three of its most famous regions. On walking tours of Madrid, you'll see historic sights like the Royal Palace. Then you'll travel down to the Andalusia region, making its capital of Seville your home base before embarking on wine tours around Ronda and visits to historic palaces in Granada. The tour ends in Catalonia where you'll visit its best neighborhoods and beaches on a cycling tour. Read more

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Map of Barcelona, Seville, & Madrid: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Barcelona, Seville, & Madrid: Best Itinerary Ideas