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Girona, Spain
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24 Hours in Girona

Discover the charming city of Girona, nestled in the heart of Catalonia and steeped in history, in just 24 hours. From winding medieval streets to a beautiful cathedral and museums, you can roam one of the world's best-preserved Jewish quarters. Indulge in the world-renowned culinary scene, explore the rich history, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Girona.

Barcelona
How Many Days to Spend in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city where you can get happily lost—in its energy, culture, and cuisine. With as little as 24 hours in Catalonia's capital, you can see the highlights, but with multiple days you'll discover even more of its treasures. Continue reading for the best options for activities in Barcelona, whether you're there for one day or five.

Madrid or Barcelona?
Madrid or Barcelona: Which City is Best for You?

Madrid or Barcelona? These cities have different characters and attractions, so spending time in both places on a moderately paced trip works well. But Spain's two top cities provide a tough choice for travelers with less time. Here are some essential things to consider if you have to choose between Madrid or Barcelona, with advice from kimkim's local specialists.

Find your slice of paradise along the Costa Brava
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How to Choose the Best Coastal Villages to Visit in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is dotted with charming and historic coastal villages, each offering a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From medieval fortresses to picturesque fishing villages, the Costa Brava has something for everyone who wants to experience authentic Mediterranean life and escape the bustling city. Consider these options when deciding which coastal towns in the Costa Brava are best for you.

Enjoy a day trip to Besalú and see it's Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià River
How to Plan Your Trip to the Costa Brava

In northeastern Spain, the Costa Brava offers stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. How you plan your trip can make a significant difference in the quality of your vacation. From the medieval charm of Begur and other towns to the bustling city of Girona and the tranquil fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, there are several options to consider when planning a Costa Brava excursion.

The entrancing Moorish architecture of Andalusia
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in Spain

With one of the longest and most popular coastlines in Europe and a siesta every afternoon, Spain practically insists on its visitors relaxing. Add in one of Europe's most sensual dances, flamenco, an abundance of that ultimate sharing food, tapas and some devastatingly beautiful architecture, gardens and produce-rich countryside, and it becomes clear why this is among Europe's foremost honeymoon destinations, too. Here are the top places to visit on a honeymoon in Spain, and the top things to do in each.

Costa Brava, Spain
Best Things to Do in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a scenic stretch of Catalonia's coastline, extending from the French border in the north to the town of Blanes in the south. Dotted with rugged coves, medieval villages, sandy beaches, vineyards, and the works of Salvador Dalí, many travelers flock to this picturesque region of Spain. Explore the countryside with yacht excursions, e-bike ventures, and kayaking trips, or visit beloved towns and cities like Girona, Cadaqués, and Figueres.

Hotels in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Photo courtesy of Duquesa de Cardona)
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The 5 Best Hotels in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

One of Barcelona's most historic and picturesque neighborhoods is the Gothic Quarter. Aptly named, it features medieval architecture and sites like the Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Anna Church, Bishop's Bridge, and the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi. Staying here means you'll be in the heart of the city's history and within walking distance to unlimited sites, parks, eateries, and tapas bars.

Family-friendly hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Casa Luz)
The 6 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona is an ideal location when traveling with kids. The city never seems to get old for families, with gondolas and funiculars, large sweeping parks packed with entertainment, and beaches right in the city. But when traveling with the little ones in tow, it helps to choose a family-friendly hotel in Barcelona, too, of which there are plenty of options.

Barcelona from above
The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona's hotels are as varied as the city's many attractions, whether you see it as the city of Gaudí and Picasso or a foodie haven. Choose a place to stay that reflects your favorite aspect of the city's scene with one of our top picks for the best boutique hotels in Barcelona, whether in hip El Born or the grandiose Eixample neighborhoods.

Rooftop hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of H10 Madison)
The 7 Best Rooftop Hotels in Barcelona

With excellent weather and one of the most beautiful historical centers in Europe, Barcelona has a reputation for incredible rooftop terraces, with many sitting atop the city's hotels. These rooftops can offer numerous perks, such as sun decks, outdoor pools, bars, eateries, live music, and views. While staying in the city, why not combine your hotel with a hip rooftop?

Mid-Range boutique hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Casa Bonay)
The 7 Best Mid-Range Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

When choosing a hotel in Barcelona, you'll find plenty of mid-range options that fit various budgets while still offering boutique perks, like historical elements, cozy lounges, and outdoor terraces. Whether traveling with your partner or bringing the whole family, some of the best mid-range boutique hotels in Barcelona provide amenities that suit any traveler.

Barcelona
Best Things to Do in Barcelona

A bustling, vibrant city with deep Roman and medieval roots, Barcelona offers a little bit of everything. Discover a unique blend of architecture, from 20th-century modernism to avant-garde, while getting lost in buzzy market halls, wandering colorful gardens, and eating your way through the historic Gothic Quarter. Explore Gaudí's famous creations like the Sagrada Familia, spend a day at the beach, attend a Spanish guitar concert, or go wine tasting in the countryside.

Luxury family-friendly hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Serras Barcelona‎)
The 3 Best Luxury Family-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona

When traveling with family—especially with young kiddos in tow—you might want accommodation with larger rooms, bunk beds, a swimming pool, kid-friendly restaurants, and entertaining attractions within walking distance. Sometimes, luxury hotels are the way to go because they offer many amenities that appeal to kids and adults alike. Plus, the cushy feel and elegant vibe don't hurt!

(photo courtesy of Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa)
The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is known for its stunning beaches, charming towns, and exquisite culinary experiences—all perfect for a luxury stay. The region offers 5-star hotels with perks and amenities to elevate your visit, like spas, fine-dining restaurants, and private beaches. This article highlights five top picks for Costa Brava luxury hotels, all providing an unforgettable experience.

Luxury rooftop hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of H10 Madison)
The 4 Best Luxury Rooftop Hotels in Barcelona

A beautiful rooftop terrace with cool amenities and incredible city views is the icing on the cake for luxury hotels. These elegant properties provide a range of perks from top to bottom, and relaxing on a rooftop terrace is the perfect way to end a busy day exploring Barcelona. Luckily, many luxury hotels in Barcelona have them, and all of our top picks are in the scenic Gothic Quarter, which only adds to the experience.

Luxury boutique hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎)
The 5 Best Luxury Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona oozes elegance and charm, especially when it comes to its luxury boutique hotels. One of the best ways to elevate your trip to Catalunya's capital is to stay in an elegant yet small accommodation with unique perks like rooftop terraces, gourmet restaurants, and historical features. In Barcelona, you'll find several luxury boutique hotels to make your experience a grand and personal one.

Sip a cocktail as you take in Girona's scenic skyline (photo courtesy of Hotel Casa Cacao)
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Girona

Discover the charm of Girona, where history meets modernity, through a curated list of the best hotels in the city. From beautifully restored historic properties to contemporary options, these hand-picked accommodations ensure a comfortable stay while exploring Girona's winding cobbled streets and interesting landmarks.

Standard boutique hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Hotel Praktik Èssens)
The 4 Best Standard Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona is known for its boutique hotel selection, meaning you'll find various options throughout the city, including those that fit any budget. Barcelona's best standard boutique hotels are in the central neighborhoods and still offer fun perks, like rooftop terraces, complimentary happy hours, and stylish rooms.

Mid-range rooftop hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Casa Bonay)
The 4 Best Mid-Range Rooftop Hotels in Barcelona

Hotels with rooftop terraces are pretty popular in Barcelona, as the city has one of the most beautiful historic skylines in Europe. As a bonus, you'll also get sea and mountain views. But it's not just the luxury hotels that offer this perk; you'll find plenty of mid-range properties with some of the best rooftops in Barcelona.

Mid-range family-friendly hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Casa Bonay)
The 4 Best Mid-Range Family-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona

What can make a family trip a little more manageable is the accommodation, but you don't necessarily need a posh 5-star hotel to stay comfy. Barcelona has several mid-range family-friendly hotels that offer kid-friendly perks that parents and the little ones will appreciate, like swimming pools, convenient on-site restaurants, and central locations next to the main sites.

Standard hotels in Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Sonder Casa Luz)
The 3 Best Standard, Family-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona's historic center is the perfect place for families to stay, with so much to do in the Gothic Quarter, Eixample, and El Born neighborhoods. These areas also offer family-friendly accommodation for any budget. Some of the best standard hotels in Barcelona still provide those fun amenities that kids love, like rooftop terraces, convenient (and tasty) on-site restaurants, and cozy lounges for reading or playing board games.

Enjoy the Spanish sunsets over the Mediterranean coast (photo courtesy of Park Hotel San Jorge & Spa)
The 9 Best Hotels with Views in the Costa Brava

Enjoy the Costa Brava's mesmerizing landscapes by staying at one of the region's hotels with stunning coastal, countryside, and/or city vistas. Whether you're seeking the perfect sunrise over the Mediterranean, a serene rural retreat, or a city break, these accommodations promise panoramas that will elevate your experience on the Costa Brava.

Relax by a fire in 17th-century Sant Roc (photo courtesy of Hotel Sant Roc)
The 6 Best Standard Hotels in the Costa Brava

Despite being popular with visitors, the Costa Brava remains a quintessential Spanish locale, so you'll find plenty of authentic, down-to-earth standard hotels that still provide all the amenities you'll need. Kimkim's top picks offer everything from beachfront retreats to city escapes, allowing you to enjoy this stunning coastal region known for its rugged cliffs, secluded coves, and clear blue waters.

Catalonia Itineraries

Placa Reial in the Barri Gòtic
Map of Highlights of Barcelona - 5 Days
Highlights of Barcelona - 5 Days

This 5-day tour is the perfect introduction to Spain's cosmopolitan hub of Catalonia. Let local guides show you Barcelona's best architectural sights, tree-lined streets, and tapas bars by foot and bicycle. You'll also take a sailing trip and a kayaking excursion in the Mediterranean to round out this fun adventure.

Colorful views of the city
Best of Paris & Barcelona - 8 Days

Enjoy the top offerings of Paris and Barcelona — from historic sites to culinary delights — on this 8-day trip. You'll start your trip in the City of Lights for a visit to the artistic Montmartre neighborhood and a wine & cheese tasting in a medieval cellar. Continue to Spain to see impressive Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture and feast on traditional Catalonian fare.

Get back to nature with some hiking in the Pre-Pyrenees
Map of Barcelona & Rural Catalonia - 7 Days
Barcelona & Rural Catalonia - 7 Days

This active weeklong adventure starts in cosmopolitan Barcelona where you'll explore the city's best landmarks, sail in the Mediterranean, and tour a stunning monastery tucked away in the mountains. From here, head north to Vic—a rural town surrounded by dreamy medieval architecture and hiking trails in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Barcelona
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Discover Barcelona - 6 Days

Barcelona is one of Spain's most beautiful and vibrant cities, and on this six-day tour you can really focus on what makes it so special. With a combination of time in the central city and surrounding areas, focusing on culture as well as natural attractions, you'll experience the best of Barcelona. Learn about its history and iconic architecture, get a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea along the Costa Brava, and take your pick of nearby day trip destinations.

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Map of Highlights of Barcelona & Mallorca: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 10 Days
Highlights of Barcelona & Mallorca: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 10 Days

This nine-day itinerary combines the best of Catalan culture with one of its most beautiful assets: the island of Mallorca. To start, you'll uncover the sights, sounds, and flavors of Barcelona on cycling excursions around its historic Gothic Quarter, architecture tours of its most famous buildings, cooking classes, and visits to local markets. A fitting end to this memorable holiday will be jetting off to the island of Mallorca, where you'll sail its rocky coast and hike its breathtaking mountains.

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Highlights of Barcelona & Mallorca: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 9 Days

It's a great holiday when you get to visit two of the most beautiful locales in Spain, which is just what this nine-day itinerary offers. First, it's a cultural immersion in Barcelona where you'll get a heaping of Catalan culture through cooking classes, architecture tours, and bicycle rides around its famous neighborhoods. The trip culminates with a flight to Mallorca, an island hotspot famous for its secluded coves and sapphire waters. 

A sweeping view of the Monastery of Montserrat
Map of Barcelona, the Costa Brava & Rural Cataluña - 7 days
Barcelona, the Costa Brava & Rural Cataluña - 7 days

This weeklong adventure offers a wonderful mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures in and around Barcelona. Start with several days in the colorful coastal city, touring Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, and cruising offshore on a sailboat. Detour to the famous Monastery of Montserrat, home to a renowned boys' choir that you'll hear perform. Then spend the last part of the trip hiking between picturesque villages in the Pyrenees Mountains and exploring the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava.

Spend three days snowshoeing in Spain's Val d'Aran (Aran Valley)
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San Sebastián & Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees - 6 Days

This Spanish itinerary offers a mix of gastronomy in Basque and outdoorsy fun in Catalonia for the ultimate winter adventure. Arrive in San Sebastián, a picturesque city on the Bay of Biscay with a notable food scene where you'll bike and sample local pintxos with a private guide. Then head uphill to the forested mountains of the Pyrenees for three days of snowshoeing followed by cozy evenings surrounded by nature (and a fireplace).

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Highlights of Barcelona & Mallorca: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 7 Days

Spain's best beaches aren't just on its Mediterranean coast—the Balearic Islands are also famous for their stretches of sand and sapphire waters. Regardless, you'll visit both on this week-long tour that first stops in Barcelona for some Catalan culture, cuisine, and architecture tours. Then, you'll take a flight to the island of Mallorca, famous for its coastal inlets and towering limestone mountains.  

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Highlights of Barcelona & Mallorca: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 8 Days

Barcelona and Mallorca combine to make a perfect city/island holiday. This nine-day adventure begins in Barcelona, where you'll see highlights like the Sagrada Família cathedral while also enjoying delicious Catalan flavors in a cooking class. Then, it's off to the European island hotspot of Mallorca, where you'll tour the historic streets of Palma, sail around the coast, and even hike beautiful limestone mountains.

Calella de Palafrugell
Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 14 Days
Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 14 Days

This two-week adventure kicks off in Barcelona, where you'll explore fascinating art and culture, including Gaudí's UNESCO-listed landmarks. Then drive north to the Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200 km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water—for a blissful week on the Mediterranean. Finish in Vic for medieval villages and hiking trails before returning to Barcelona for one more night on the town.

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Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 6 Days

Even in less than a week, it's possible to get to the heart of Spain—you just need to focus on the right places. This six-day whirlwind cultural tour achieves exactly that by focusing on Madrid and Barcelona, ensuring you get the most out of each. Not only will you see famous sights like the Royal Palace and El Prado Museum, but expert local guides will give you a delicious introduction to both cities on private food tours. 

A coastal trail dotted with pine trees in the Costa Brava
Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 12 Days
Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 12 Days

This 12-day tour kicks off in Barcelona where you'll explore the city's fascinating culture and architecture, including Gaudí's UNESCO-listed landmarks. Next, head north to the Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200-km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water—for a blissful week on the Mediterranean while staying in a medieval town with great restaurants.

Cadaqués on the Costa Brava
Map of Self-Drive Costa Brava & Pyrenees Mountains  - 10 Days
Self-Drive Costa Brava & Pyrenees Mountains - 10 Days

This 10-day road trip takes you through the picturesque landscapes of Costa Brava and the Spanish Pyrenees, offering plenty of chances to explore the region's diverse cultural and natural wonders. From vibrant cities like Barcelona and Girona to the rugged coastline of Costa Brava and scenic Val d'Aran, you'll enjoy Northern Spain's history, cultural heritage, and gastronomy.

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Map of Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona  - 9 Days
Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 9 Days

If you really want to do Spain differently, you'll not only visit the famous sights but you'll opt for cultural tours as well. This 10-day itinerary offers just such an authentic experience as you'll not only visit the plazas of Madrid and Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, but you'll take foodie tours and road trips to country villages. For a finishing touch, you'll enjoy a luxury sunset cruise on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Map of Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 8 Days
Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 8 Days

In just over a week you can not only experience the highlights of Spain but go off the beaten track as well. This eight-day itinerary delivers on the famous sights and neighborhoods of Madrid and Barcelona, but you'll really immerse yourself on gourmet walking tours of these cities. Throw in a sunset sailboat cruise around Barcelona and you have the recipe for the perfect Spanish holiday. 

Es Grau Beach on Menorca
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Spain Beach Getaway: Barcelona and Menorca - 9 Days

This nine-day itinerary combines the best of Barcelona with a bit of an island hop. It begins in the capital of Catalonia with visits to famous buildings, like the cathedral La Sagrada Familia, as well as tours of the local markets, a private cooking class, and cycling tours of the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta Beach. You'll cap the trip in the paradise of Menorca, where you'll ride horses and sunbathe on white-sand beaches.

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Map of Barcelona & the Balearic Islands: Mallorca & Menorca - 12 Days
Barcelona & the Balearic Islands: Mallorca & Menorca - 12 Days

The only way to make a Barcelona vacation better is to include a jaunt to the Balearic Islands. This 12-day adventure begins with tours of the city's Gothic Quarter and Gaudí-designed buildings, plus a cooking class celebrating Catalan cuisine. After wine tasting near the holy site of Montserrat, you'll jet off to Mallorca and Menorca, where you'll embark on horseback rides and hikes around the islands.

Drive along the Costa Brava and enjoy stopping at beaches, villages, and numerous viewpoints
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Pyrenees & Costa Brava Road Trip - 9 Days

Discover the essence of Catalonia with this self-drive through Barcelona, the Costa Brava, and the Spanish Pyrenees. Along the way, you'll enjoy excursions like private visits to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and iconic Gaudi architecture, plus leisurely self-guided day trips to the Costa Brava beaches and towns. Soak in the beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees as you drive through winding mountain roads, sleep in charming villages, and hike along alpine lakes, ending your trip back to Barcelona for some tapas.

A brother and sister stand against a backdrop of Barcelona
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Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona & Madrid - 6 Days

Who says you can't enjoy the perfect European holiday in less than a week? This brisk six-day itinerary dispels that myth as you and the family enjoy a great adventure in Spain. It begins on the sun-kissed boulevards of Barcelona and ends at the historic plazas and royal palaces in Madrid—and includes plenty of time for food, fun, and family bonding.

Sant Joan Castle in Lloret de Mar
Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 6 Days
Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 6 Days

This six-day tour is the perfect introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off in the capital of cool—Barcelona—for architecture, tapas bars, and hip neighborhoods before finishing with two nights in the Costa Brava for beaches and wine tasting. In addition to private excursions, you'll get plenty of free time to round out this fun adventure.

View from the Valencian town of Peniscola
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Family-Friendly Spain: Barcelona & Valencia - 6 Days

There's fun for the whole family on this relaxed six-day tour of eastern Spain. Starting in Barcelona, you'll ascend Mount Montjuïc via cable cars, take a sunset sail around the harbor, and wander the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter. After a day trip exploring the wonders of surrounding Catalonia, head down the coast to finish your trip in Valencia, where all ages can marvel at underwater wonders in Europe's largest aquarium and sample the city's signature dish of paella.

Sunset over Barcelona's Arc de Triomf
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Barcelona & Valencia Experience - 6 Days

Feel the vibrant energy of Barcelona and the rich culture of Valencia with this six-day tour of eastern Spain. Enjoy a private encounter with the iconic Sagrada Família and indulge in Catalan tapas. Treat yourself to a spa day and sail toward family-run wineries where the famous sparkling cava is produced. Eat your way across Valencia, the home of paella, then float along an underground river system. This short but immersive trip blends gastronomy, relaxation, adventure, and architectural wonders.

Take a family adventure along Spain's gorgeous Costa Brava
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Seaside Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Costa Brava - 6 Days

Split your time between the city and the beach on this six-day family trip through northeastern Spain. Explore Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter, see the whimsical works of architect Antoni Gaudí, and relax on the city's most popular beaches. Then, it's off to the Costa Brava, where you'll sea kayak through secret caves, snorkel in the warm Mediterranean waters, walk along the medieval walls of Tossa de Mar, and take a glass-bottomed boat ride to local coves.

Catch a sunset over Valencia
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Best of Barcelona & Valencia - 9 days

Experience the best of eclectic Barcelona and València on this nine-day itinerary, featuring tapas, beaches, and guided city tours. Start in Barcelona, where you'll explore Gaudí's whimsical architecture with La Sagrada Família, Parc Güell, and Casa Milà before heading to the mountains to discover the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. You'll then ride the high-speed EuroMed to València, the home of paella, to immerse yourself amid medieval buildings, future-forward structures, and golden-sand beaches.

Menorca - Cala Mitjana
Map of Spain Beach Getaway: Barcelona and Menorca - 8 Days
Spain Beach Getaway: Barcelona and Menorca - 8 Days

A vacation in the paradise of Menorca is one thing—combining it with a visit to Barcelona is quite another. This eight-day itinerary will see you live it up in Catalonia's capital on tours of the city as well as participating in a cooking class. Then you're off to Menorca, a tranquil island in the Balearics, where you'll horseback along the white-sand beaches and perhaps explore the coast on a kayak excursion.

Explore Barcelona and Madrid
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Barcelona & Madrid: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 6 to 9 days is the perfect amount of time for a Spain trip with stops in both Barcelona 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 about 5 days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop, or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Seville, Valencia, or Córdoba. See more ideas for Barcelona and Madrid itineraries below.

Set sail in Ibiza's turquoise waters
Map of Best of Barcelona & Ibiza - 8 Days
Best of Barcelona & Ibiza - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary is pure holiday bliss on the Mediterranean. Kick off the trip in Barcelona, an enchanting European city that needs no introduction, where you'll have a few days to explore Gaudi's architectural masterpieces and the popular gastro scene (i.e. tapas galore). From here, you'll jet off to the capital of cool—Ibiza island—for five days of white-sand beaches, sparkling seas, and serious bohemian relaxation.

Explore beaches near the village of Begur on the Costa Brava
Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 7 Days
Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure combines a mix of private tours and free time for the ultimate introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off the week in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Gaudí architecture, tapas bars, and Mediterranean beaches. Then head north to the Costa Brava for kayaking, Dalí culture, and wine tasting—all while staying in a medieval town loaded with great restaurants.

Explore Parc Guëll and watch the setting sun over Barcelona
Map of Best of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 9 days
Best of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 9 days

This complete nine-day cultural itinerary features the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, the quaint villages along the rugged Costa Brava coastline, as well as a day trip into the Montserrat mountains. You'll experience a broad range of cultural tours covering the history, architecture, and ancient and current traditions at the hands of knowledgeable private guides, with free time to go at your own pace. You'll drink wine, eat authentic Catalan fare, and swim in the Mediterranean.

Let the kids play on Barcelona's beach
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Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona & Madrid - 7 Days

In just one week, you can enjoy the perfect family holiday in Spain by visiting the two most iconic cities in the nation: Madrid and Barcelona. You and your family will enjoy the highlights of each and have plenty of opportunities to try Spain's world-famous (and inherently kid-friendly) cuisine and even take a day trip to the always entertaining medieval fortress city of Toledo.

Enjoy an evening stroll along the Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona
Map of Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 5 Days
Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 5 Days

Five days may not be long, but if you focus your energy, you can create the perfect Spanish holiday. This itinerary focuses on Madrid and Barcelona, and in the former, you'll visit its most famous city sights, enjoy gourmet walking tours, and visit local artisans. In Barcelona, you'll discover this Catalan gem via its cuisine as well as an unforgettable cruise around its port by sailboat. 

Taste of Northern Spain - 9 Days
Map of Taste of Northern Spain - 9 Days
Taste of Northern Spain - 9 Days

Experience northern Spain through a series of private gastronomic and cultural experiences over nine days. Get to know the world of Spanish wine in La Rioja, tour modernist architecture in Barcelona, try pintxos in San Sebastián, and dine in beautiful Bilbao. Throughout the tour, you'll see these areas through the eyes of a local with knowledgable private guides.

Santa Maria Cathedral in Girona, Catalonia, Spain along the Costa Brava
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Barcelona & the Costa Brava: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that seven to nine days are perfect for a well-paced Spain trip with stops in both Barcelona and the Costa Brava. It's possible to hit the highlights in five or six days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—one of the best-loved trip extensions includes the medieval town of Vic. See more ideas and itineraries below.

Tibidabo Amusement Park, Barcelona, Spain
Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 12 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 12 Days

The Iberian Peninsula is a popular tourist destination, but many travelers only visit either Spain or Portugal. On this 12-day itinerary, you'll go to both, experiencing the major highlights of each country. This includes tours of historical capital cities like Madrid and Lisbon, wine tours of northern Portugal, plus culture and fun in the sun in the stunning Catalonian capital of Barcelona. 

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Map of Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 7 Days
Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 7 Days

With a full week, you can experience both the highlights of Spain's most famous cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Not only that but on this seven-day whirlwind itinerary, you'll also find time for day tours to historic towns outside the nation's capital. And when you do finally end up in Barcelona, prepare yourself for a delicious food tour and sunset sailing experience on top of visiting its most famous neighborhoods.

 Cala Figuera, Mallorca, Spain
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Barcelona & Mallorca: Best Itinerary Ideas

A week to 10 days is a great length for a Spain trip with stops in both Barcelona and Mallorca. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five or six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Madrid, Seville, or Costa Brava. Keep reading for more inspiring Barcelona and Mallorca itineraries.

Stroll past the Gaudí masterpieces of Barcelona
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Ultimate Portugal & Spain: Lisbon, Porto, Madrid & Barcelona - 14 Days

Check off the highlights of the Iberian Peninsula on this two-week jaunt around Portugal and Spain. It begins in Lisbon, where you'll see centuries of history written in its cobbled streets on city tours and cultural outings. After a trip to Sintra's mountaintop palace, you'll head north to romantic Porto for wine tastings before jetting off to Spain to enjoy the fruits of Madrid and Barcelona.

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Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 11 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 11 Days

You'd be hard-pressed to find two more beautiful European countries to pack into a single vacation than Spain and Portugal. Each features medieval cities and towns, fertile wine regions, incredible food, historic landmarks, and some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.  Over 11 days, you'll experience this via city tours of Madrid and Lisbon, wine tastings, enjoying the sights of Barcelona, and coastal hikes along Spain's incomparable Costa Brava.

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Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 9 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 9 Days

Nine days is just enough time for a whirlwind tour of both nations of the Iberian Peninsula. It begins with tours of Lisbon and Porto, both historic bastions featuring well-preserved medieval castles, cathedrals, and grand plazas. Then you'll fly to Madrid to visit highlights like the El Prado art museum. The adventure ends on the streets of Barcelona, where you'll see the most iconic Catalan-modernism buildings designed by the master Gaudí.

Let the children play in the surf of one of Costa Brava's many beaches
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Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 7 Days

From Barcelona's outdoor playground to the incredible beaches of the Costa Brava, Spain's Catalonia region is perfect for a family trip. Visit iconic sites with a kid-friendly twist, such as the quirky Park Güell and amusement park atop Tibidabo, then make memories on the coast with museum visits, beach days, and kayaking excursions.

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Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of Spain allows you to visit the highlights, like the plazas and palaces of Madrid, while also getting off the tourist track. This is a deep immersion into Spain's rich culture as you travel from the capital to Barcelona while also taking day trips to ancient villages like Pedraza and Segovia as well as countryside wineries. Throughout the adventure, you'll enjoy some delicious food as you stop at authentic tapas bars and covered markets. 

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Spain Beach Getaway: Barcelona and Menorca - 7 Days

Whether you want fun in the sun or nights out on the town, this weeklong itinerary has you covered. It combines two great parts of Spain, the first being the historic streets of Catalonia's capital of Barcelona. After embarking on city tours of its most famous sights, you'll jet off to the island of Menorca, in the Balearics, where you'll wrap up your holiday with horseback rides along the beach and kayaking off the coast.

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Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 11 Days

Even in a nation with a heavy tourism footprint like Spain, there are still secrets to discover. On this 11-day itinerary, you'll get to the heart of this incomparable nation on city tours of Madrid and Barcelona, hikes along the stunning Costa Brava, countryside wine tastings, and day trips to historic towns like Segovia and Pedraza. Plus there's a delicious encore as you tour cheese farms, olive-oil shops, and artisan chocolatiers.

See famous artworks at Madrid's Prado Museum on your last full day
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Highlights of Italy & Spain - 10 Days

There's nothing quite like a classic tour of beautiful European cities to reinvigorate the soul. Not only will you see the major sights in Rome, like Vatican City and the Colosseum, but the same goes for the highlights of romantic Florence, including a wine tour in Tuscany. And that's not all—you'll also hop over to Spain for tapas, art, and architecture in Barcelona and Madrid.

Taste the dry white wine of Getaria, Spain
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Culinary Journey Through Spain & Portugal - 14 Days

Spend two weeks on a culinary odyssey of Spain and Portugal as you travel across the Iberian Peninsula from east to west. Discover delicious tapas in Barcelona and dainty pintxos in San Sebastián, then hop over to Porto and Lisbon to sample some of Portugal's best wines. Carefully-selected private and small-group tours will illuminate each destination's gastronomic traditions as you feast on local produce in beautiful settings and learn to cook regional dishes alongside local chefs.

 Casa Batlló, Barcelona
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Barcelona & Valencia: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Spain travelers interested in visiting both Barcelona and Valencia, especially when also including Madrid. For travelers wanting to visit Barcelona and Valencia exclusively, plan six to eight days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four or five days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Barcelona and Valencia, and beyond.

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Epic Wine & Culinary Trip Through Northern Spain - 11 Days

Eat and drink your way through northern Spain on this 11-day gastronomic adventure. Begin in Barcelona, exploring the city and its surroundings on a tapas tour, a local organic winery tasting, and a sunset sailing experience. While digesting, experience Gaudí's world-famous architectural delights and sunbathe on city beaches. Take a train to San Sebastián and visit the world's first underwater winery, then wind your way to Bilbao to sample the Basque Country's famous pintxos and Txakoli wine.

Discover traditional food in Spain, including pintxos in San Sebastián
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Foodie Experience in Barcelona & San Sebastián - 7 Days

Embark on a culinary journey through Spain's gastronomic capitals, Barcelona and San Sebastián, for an unforgettable foodie experience. Savor the flavors of the country's rich and diverse cuisine as you explore local markets, take part in a city tapas walk, visit iconic monuments like the Sagrada Família, take a cooking class, and even venture out to nearby vineyards and epicurean villages.

Visit towns like Tamariu along Spain's sparkling Costa Brava
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Coastal Spain & Southern Italy Trip: Barcelona, the Costa Brava, Sicily & the Amalfi Coast - 14 Days

Torn between a sun-soaked Spanish vacation in Barcelona and the Costa Brava or Italy's Amalfi Coast and foodie heaven in Sicily? With this two-week tour, you can do both and return home with tales of visits to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, along with the secrets of Sicilian cuisine. Start with Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona, then kayak along the shores of northern Spain. Discover street food in Palermo and Baroque beauty in Syracuse—you'll even have time to tour Amalfi by Vespa!

Visit quaint seaside towns along the Costa Brava
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Luxury Barcelona & Costa Brava Escape - 7 Days

Get a taste of northern Spain's buzzing cities and coveted coastline on this luxury weeklong tour. Start in Barcelona, where you'll dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant and privately tour Antoni Gaudí's architectural wonders, including the UNESCO-listed La Sagrada Família. Next, escape to the beach-studded Costa Brava to bask on golden sands, hike coastal paths, and take to the seas for kayaking adventures and private yacht cruises.

Take a day trip to Monserrat from Barcelona for hiking and cava tasting
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City Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Italy - 10 Days

Embark on a 10-day mountaineering adventure and conquer two of Europe's most famous ranges: the Pyrenees and Dolomites. Besides the rewarding hiking trails, you'll enjoy city and food tours in Barcelona, plus visit medieval villages and monasteries. The same goes for Italy, where you'll experience the best of romantic Venice and relax your hiking muscles in natural hot springs around Lake Garda.

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Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 12 Days

To get off the beaten path in Madrid and Barcelona requires venturing beyond the popular city sights and immersing yourself in the culture. This 12-day itinerary offers such an experience, as you meet local artisans in Madrid, venture into the countryside for wine tours, go on art walks, enjoy tours of local markets and tapas bars, cycle around Barcelona, hike the Mediterranean coast, and more.

Underground cellar for storing wine
Epic Wine & Culinary Trip Though Spain - 12 Days

If food and wine are your passions, then this unparalleled 12-day trip through the heart of Spain's Basque Country has your name on it. You'll see Barcelona's highlights — including the Sagrada Familia — as well as the coastal towns of the Bay of Biscay. Tour family wineries, visit shepherds, and hop from pintxos bar to pintxos bar, grazing until your heart's content.

Visit beaches and medieval towns along the Costa Brava
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Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days

This tour of Spain's Catalonia region starts in the capital of Barcelona, where you'll enjoy tapas and architecture tours. Next, head to the sun-kissed Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200 km) stretch of coast fringed by pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal-clear water. Here, you'll spend five days soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine while visiting medieval coastal towns and enjoying wine tours.

Escape to Cala Aiguablava, one of Spain's most beautiful bays
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Luxury Barcelona & Costa Brava Escape - 10 Days

Experience the highlights of Catalonia on this 10-day luxury tour. Start in buzzing Barcelona, where you'll tour Gaudí's architectural gems and explore the culinary scene with a personal sommelier, then escape to a lavish beach resort on the Costa Brava. When you're not lazing on golden sands or kayaking along the sun-speckled coastline, head inland to wander medieval villages, enjoy private wine-tasting tours, and take a hot-air balloon ride over Montserrat's mighty monastery.

A coastal village and beach near the town of Begur
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Best of Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 8 Days

This eight-day Catalonia tour kicks off in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where you'll experience top-notch cuisine and modern architecture via foot and bicycle. Next, drive to the sun-kissed Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200 km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water. Here you'll spend four blissful days exploring trails, medieval villages, and artwork thanks to its famous native, Salvador Dalí.

A little boy in Barcelona's famous  Park Güell
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Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona & Madrid - 8 Days

This eight-day family vacation is just long enough for you to get to the heart of Spain's two most famous cities: Barcelona and Madrid. Discover art, history, royalty, and churros con chocolate on child-friendly tours that will spark the kids' curiosity. Along the way, you'll visit amusement parks, see Roman ruins and dine on delicious tapas before concluding your trip in the medieval town of Toledo.

Aerial View of Madrid Cathedral
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Explore the Cities & Culture of Spain: Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona - 8 Days

This eight-day tour takes you through the historic districts of Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, starting with a tapas tour and a visit to the famous El Prado Museum in Spain's capital. Enjoy a day trip to a medieval city near Madrid before driving to the coast and eating paella in Valencia. End the trip in Barcelona by sailing its coastline and exploring its culinary scene.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 8 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 8 Days

With a week and a day you can visit three of Spain's most beautiful regions. This luxury tour includes stops in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region. Not only does this itinerary include great food and accommodations, but you'll also be able to take city tours on foot and even by helicopter.

Snag incredible views from several scenic trails in the Pyrenees
Map of City Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Italy- 14 Days
City Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Italy- 14 Days

Spend two epic weeks in Europe, alternating between outdoor adventures at famous mountain ranges and enjoying tours of beautiful cities. It starts in Spain with top-notch food and culture in Barcelona before heading to the Pyrenees for day hikes and foraging for wild mushrooms. Then, travel to northern Italy for tours of romantic Venice and more mountaineering in the spectacular Dolomites.

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Highlights of Barcelona and Mallorca: Cities, Beaches, and Mountains - 6 Days

Six days is just enough time to relax and recharge in two of Spain's best places for just such a mission: Barcelona and Mallorca. First, you'll enjoy a bit of culture as you tour Barcelona's historic neighborhoods and stop at famous buildings like La Sagrada Familia. Then you'll visit the island of Mallorca for three days of coastal sailing trips, city tours, and mountain hikes featuring incredible views of the Mediterranean.

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Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 11 Days

You'll discover everything that perfectly encapsulates Spain's Catalonia region on a visit to its capital of Barcelona. This 11-day trip includes touring its historic Gothic Quarter, bicycling around the waterfront, and sampling Catalan cuisine in the form of cooking classes and market tours. The last few days you'll fly to the Balearics and enjoy fun in the sun on two of its most beautiful islands: Mallorca and Menorca.

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Spain Beach Getaway: Barcelona & Menorca - 6 Days

This brisk six-day tour of Spain not only includes visiting the most famous landmarks in Barcelona but also the most beautiful beaches of the Balearic Islands. It starts in Barcelona with an architecture tour that includes Gaudí masterpieces like Park Güell and Sagrada Familia. Then you're off to the island of Menorca, where you can explore its famously beautiful coast on both horseback and in a kayak.

Visit towns like Cadaqués along Spain's sparkling Costa Brava
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Coastal Spain & Southern Italy Trip: Barcelona, Costa Brava, Amalfi Coast & Naples - 10 Days

It's a tale of two coasts with this picture-perfect 10-day trip that traverses the beauty of Spain's Costa Brava and Italy's Amalfi Coast. Bookended with vibrant city stays in Barcelona and Naples, you'll discover the countries' incredible cuisine, medieval villages, and sublime architecture with sightseeing and foodie excursions, topped off with an exhilarating Vespa ride on the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Stay two nights in Torla as you hike Spain's Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park
Map of City Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Italy - 21 Days
City Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Italy - 21 Days

Spend three active weeks exploring the best of Spain and Italy, from historic cities to its soaring mountains. Your trip begins in Spain's Catalonia region with tapas tours in Barcelona and nature hikes in the Pyrenees. After some scenic tours involving wine and olive oil production, you'll hop over to Venice to see the sights and enjoy romantic gondola rides. Finish the adventure in the far north by trekking in the Dolomites and soaking in hot springs at Lake Garda.

Children taking part in a festival in Toledo
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia & Madrid - 9 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia & Madrid - 9 Days

Spend nine days enjoying the highlights of Spain with the entire family. This fun-filled itinerary begins in the most famous coastal city in the country, Barcelona, and continues down to Valencia, a historic metropolis home to a science and oceanographic center the kids will love. The journey ends in Madrid, with a tour of the local palaces as well as plenty of opportunities to indulge in the Spanish capital's world-class cuisine. 

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Map of Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 9 Days
Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 9 Days

If you want a vacation that combines a cultural immersion in a historic city with some exotic island fun, this nine-day itinerary is for you. The city in question is Barcelona, and you'll discover it on walking tours of its iconic buildings, like Sagrada Familia, as well as cycling tours of its most famous neighborhoods, like the Gothic Quarter. Then it's off to Menorca and Mallorca, where you'll both hike and sail around these gorgeous isles. 

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 9 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 9 Days

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.

Sunrise over Barcelona's magical skyline.
Map of Spanish Food, Culture & Folklore: Barcelona, Valencia & Alicante - 9 Days
Spanish Food, Culture & Folklore: Barcelona, Valencia & Alicante - 9 Days

With a combination of private, small-group, and self-guided excursions, this lively nine-day itinerary explores the culture and cuisine of Spain's eastern coast. Start in Barcelona and tour Gaudí landmarks and sample Catalonia's best tapas in the medieval Gothic Quarter. Continue south to discover Valencia's historic character while savoring the city's famous paella. End your journey in the port city of Alicante, where you'll learn to cook the regional cuisine, relax on golden beaches, and discover the Costa Blanca coastline.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 9 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 9 days

You don't need much more than a week to enjoy the highlights of Spain. This includes indulging in its world-class cuisine, great wine, and rich culture. It's a nine-day journey that will take you from the coast of Barcelona to the royal palaces of Madrid and finally to the Moorish fortresses of Andalusia.

Take in Barcelona's stunning architecture and sights like Gothic Barcelona Cathedral
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Explore the Beauty of Spain & Portugal: Culture, History & Architecure - 21 Days

Discover Spain and Portugal's beauty on this well-balanced 21-day cultural tour. You'll explore world-famous cities' cuisine, history, and architecture, from Barcelona and Madrid to Lisbon and Porto. Highlights include wine tasting in the lush Douro Valley and day trips to UNESCO-listed gems like hilltop fort city Toledo and Sintra, home of fairy-tale castles and palaces. The trip ends with sun-drenched beach time on the golden sands of the Algarve.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 7 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 7 Days

From medieval castles to some of the world's best wine, explore Spain's culture and history on this luxury weeklong getaway. Start in Barcelona, where Catalan-modernist architecture dominates the landscape, then head to Madrid to enjoy tapas bars and live flamenco performances. End the trip in Seville with exclusive tours of Gothic churches, historic plazas, and royal palaces.

Stop in Córdoba to see the Mezquita en route to Madrid
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Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Seville, Madrid & Barcelona - 7 Days

Check off Spain's three most exciting cities for a weeklong adventure you won't soon forget. The trip starts in Seville where you'll explore the best rooftops, tapas, and flamenco performers 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.

Taste your way through a culinary tour of Spain
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Barcelona, Seville, & Madrid: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Madrid's Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace
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Seville, Madrid & Barcelona - 10 Days

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.

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Map of Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 10 Days
Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 10 Days

There are no more beautiful locales in Spain's Catalonia region than Barcelona and the Balearic Islands. You'll visit both on a 10-day excursion that begins in Barcelona with bicycle rides through its historic neighborhoods as well as tours of its most impressive Gothic buildings. The final leg of the journey will see you hiking the gorgeous Tramuntana Mountains and sailing around the rocky coves of Mallorca and Menorca.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 7 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 7 days

This week-long itinerary packs a lot of culture and activities into just a few days. The adventure begins in Barcelona with a tour of the city on foot and by helicopter. Then you're off to Madrid to see the city sights as well as attend an authentic flamenco performance. Finally, you'll head to Córdoba, a city known for beautiful medieval architecture and Moorish influences.

Finish the trip by spending three nights in Seville
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Spain by Rail: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 10 Days

This 10-day Iberian adventure combines three distinct cities—by train—for travelers who want to see the major highlights of Spain. It starts in Barcelona, where you'll sample tapas, marvel at Gaudí landmarks, and hike along the Costa Brava. Then hop over to Madrid for a Segway tour and a day trip to medieval Toledo. Finish on the cobbled streets of Moorish Seville, where you'll visit an ancient olive oil estate and explore whitewashed Andalusian villages.

Enjoy the beaches of Costa Brava with your family
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Family Summer Vacation in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days

Summer is the perfect time to visit sunny Spain and take advantage of the country's kid-friendly outdoor activities. This 10-day adventure is all about family time outside, with visits to Barcelona's colorful and quirky Park Güell, food adventures in Madrid with kid-approved grub, beach days on the Costa Brava, catamaran cruises, and more.

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Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 10 days

In 10 days, you can not only experience the natural beauty of Spain's different regions, but you'll enjoy its cultural highlights as well. This involves a trip from Barcelona to Madrid and down into historic Andalusia. Along the way, you'll take a cooking class from a master chef, visit ancient fortresses, and, of course, attend an authentic flamenco show.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 10 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 10 Days

This 10-day luxury itinerary allows you to experience some major highlights of Spain in three different cities: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Not only will you be staying in the best lodgings, but you'll enjoy some exciting activities like helicopter tours, flamenco shows, a cooking class, and even a trip to an olive-oil estate. It's a well-rounded vacation that also includes indulging in Spain's world-renowned cuisine. 

Visit the Cibeles Fountain in downtown Madrid
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Barcelona, Madrid & Málaga: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Barcelona, Madrid, and Málaga spend about 13 to 15 days in Spain, which usually includes some time in Seville and Granada as well. If you're not interested in Seville and Granada, 9 to 11 days is enough for your Barcelona, Madrid, and Málaga trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as six to eight days. For the best itineraries, including Barcelona, Madrid, and Málaga, keep reading below.

Drive to charming villages in the Costa Brava, like Calella de Palafrugell
Map of Spain's City to Coast Tour: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days
Spain's City to Coast Tour: Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and flavors of Spain with this exciting 10-day journey. Start by savoring tapas and flamenco in the elegant capital of Madrid before taking a high-speed train to Barcelona to experience Gaudí's architectural wonders and get lost in the Gothic Quarter. Then rent a car and journey north to the Costa Brava, where lesser-known coastal villages—and fun adventures in the Mediterranean Sea—await your discovery.

The bustling Puerta del Sol in Madrid
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Ultimate Luxury Tour of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 7 Days

Pamper yourself during a weeklong luxury tour of three stunning regions in Spain. Enjoy renowned Catalan cuisine and culture in romantic Barcelona with private art tours and sommelier-led wine tastings. The good life continues in Madrid with a visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Michelin-starred dinners before finishing the trip in Moorish Seville for tapas tours, flamenco shows, and more.

Enjoy a private sailing trip to explore Menorca's marine life
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Mediterranean Spain Luxury Getaway: Menorca & Barcelona - 7 Days

Escape to the Mediterranean on this luxury weeklong trip. First, enjoy a dose of sun, sea, and sand on the peaceful Balearic island of Menorca, where you'll laze around white-sand coves, take a sunset Jeep safari, and charter a private catamaran to explore the island's biodiverse marine reserve. End the adventure in mainland Spain with wine tasting in the unspoiled Penedès region and a tour of Gaudí's architectural gems in Barcelona.

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Active Family Trip to Barcelona, Northern Spain & Madrid - 13 Days

Discover the highlights of northern Spain and the Basque Country with this 13-day family vacation that combines the perfect blend of culture and fun outdoor activities. Explore castles and Gaudí's famous works in Barcelona, then fly north for scenic hikes and cruises around San Sebastián. Sharpen your taste buds in Bilbao and see spectacular art at the Guggenheim before learning classic flamenco moves and cooking the perfect paella in Madrid.

See Spanish wonders like the Alhambra as a family
Map of Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona, Málaga, Granada & Seville - 13 Days
Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona, Málaga, Granada & Seville - 13 Days

Enjoy the highlights of Spain on this fun-filled family tour, starting in Catalonia's capital city, Barcelona. Here, you'll explore the historic Gothic Quarter, see the whimsical architecture of Gaudí, and ride horses through the lush greenery of Montserrat Natural Park. Then, it's off to the beaches of Málaga for a kayaking excursion and a guided family treasure hunt. Tour the majestic Alhambra fortress in Granada, learn the art of flamenco in Seville, and see perfectly pink flamingoes in Doñana National Park.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 14 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 14 Days

You can have a great time in Spain on a shoestring budget—but you can really have a holiday for the ages when you travel in luxury. That's just what this 14-day itinerary offers as you'll stay in the best lodgings in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Unforgettable activities along the way include day trips to historic towns, gourmet cooking classes, flamenco performances, wine tours, and more.

Sweeping views over Barcelona from the Modernist Parc Güell.
Map of Spanish Food, Culture & Folklore: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville -14 Days
Spanish Food, Culture & Folklore: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville -14 Days

This comprehensive two-week itinerary spotlights the cultures and cuisines of Spain with an immersive blend of self-guided, small-group, and private tour experiences. Starting in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, you'll discover Modernist architecture and Catalan tapas before heading down the Mediterranean coast to Alicante for fresh seafood and the charms of the Costa Blanca. Tour Madrid's grand palaces and monuments, soak up Seville's vibrant Andalusian character, and wander the hallowed interiors of Granada's famed Alhambra. End your journey on the coast in Málaga, where you'll savor locally-grown delicacies from the region's olive and almond groves.

Sunset in Palma de Mallorca
Highlights of Spain & Portugal - 19 Days

This 19-day itinerary allows you to visit three different regions of Spain, including Madrid, Basque Country, and Catalonia, as well as the Balearic Islands and Portugal. Throughout the adventure, you'll enjoy great food, wine tours, a flamenco show, historic Gothic architecture, and even make time for a bit of island-hopping in Ibiza and Mallorca. You'll also fly into Portugal to explore the cities of Porto and Lisbon, as well as the wine region in the Douro Valley and the famous palace of Sintra.

Mother and daughter at Gaudi's Park Güell
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Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 11 Days

Who hasn't dreamed of a family vacation to Europe? This 11-day tour of Spain allows you and the kids to live that dream as you visit sunkissed Barcelona, the capital of Madrid, and the ancient Andalusia region. Along the way, you'll marvel at hillside castles, sample some of the finest cuisine in the world, visit royal palaces, and even enjoy a 4WD off-roading adventure.

Take a four-day hike in the Pyrenees before heading to the Mediterranean coast
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Active Northern Spain: Barcelona, the Pyrenees & Costa Brava - 11 Days

Immerse yourself in northern Spain's cities, mountains, and beaches on this 11-day tour. First, you'll fly to one of Europe's most vibrant cities, Barcelona, to feast on tapas, cycle among Gaudí's architecture, and discover a nearby wine region. Then, spend four days hiking through the spectacular Pyrenees mountains, crossing into France and back. Finish the trip with some relaxation in the Costa Brava, exploring its beaches and coves—and snorkeling in its warm Mediterranean waters.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 11 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 11 Days

11 days is enough time to visit multiple regions of Spain and see the major sights and enjoy the best activities. It's a luxury tour that begins with a helicopter ride over the sultry coastal city of Barcelona, followed by museum tours in Madrid, and then Moorish architecture in the Andalusia region. Of course, every step of the way you'll be enjoying the incredible cuisine for which Spain is deservedly famous.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 11 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 11 days

In 11 days, you can tour three different regions of Spain and not just visit highlight locales but also enjoy memorable meals. The adventure begins in Barcelona with a cooking class taught by a master chef and continues to Madrid for tours of the city's most famous sights. Then, you'll head down to Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish culture, ancient fortresses, and an incredible tapas culture.

Cruise on the Guadalquivir River in Seville's city center
Map of Culture, Cuisine & Cruise: Valencia, Madrid, Seville & Barcelona - 11 Days
Culture, Cuisine & Cruise: Valencia, Madrid, Seville & Barcelona - 11 Days

This enriching 11-day itinerary unlocks Spain's culture, cuisine, and natural beauty with enough time to slow down and experience the vibrant cities of Valencia, Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona. Explore Spain's strong culinary side with tapas tours, a hands-on cooking workshop, wine tasting, and a farm-to-table lunch. Join guided tours on foot, then set sail and appreciate the beauty from the water with nature and sunset cruises. See the best of each city and squeeze in day trips to historic Toledo and Montserrat.

Explore the Sierra Nevadas together as a family
Map of Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia - 11 Days
Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia - 11 Days

Discover Spain together with this 11-day family-friendly holiday that combines the cultural and the outdoors to perfection. Begin by touring Barcelona's highlights before heading off horseback riding in Montserrat and kayaking in Málaga. Explore the mountains and monuments of Granada, then stop by Seville for an introduction to flamenco. With bountiful opportunities to experience art, culture, history, and natural beauty hands-on, this itinerary has something to inspire every family member.

Kids looking out over San Sebastián's La Concha Beach
Map of Family-Friendly Highlights of Barcelona, Northern Spain & Madrid - 11 Days
Family-Friendly Highlights of Barcelona, Northern Spain & Madrid - 11 Days

Experience the best of northern Spain and the Basque Country with this 11-day family trip that starts in Barcelona and ends in Madrid. Discover Gaudí, Roman ruins and castles in Catalonia's capital, then fly to Bilbao for family-friendly art and gastronomy. Explore the stunning San Sebastián coast with a cruise and hike along the Bay of Pasaia before discovering culture, royalty, and flamenco in the country's capital.

The Royal Alcázar of Seville
Map of Best of Spain Highlights: Seville, Madrid & Barcelona - 8 Days
Best of Spain Highlights: Seville, Madrid & Barcelona - 8 Days

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 El Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for beachy vibes and a private tour of La Sagrada Familia.

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Map of Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 8 Days
Barcelona and the Balearic Islands: Mallorca and Menorca - 8 Days

The only thing better than enjoying a holiday in Spain's Balearic Islands is stopping first in Barcelona for some culture and city life. You'll discover Catalonia's capital on a self-guided tour as well as an organized excursion to some of the most famous landmarks designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí. You'll then fly to Menorca for some horseback riding around the island followed by a trip to Mallorca for sailing and mountain hikes.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 8 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 8 days

With a week and a day you can plan an epic Spanish vacation that covers the major highlights, from incredible food and wine to amazing city sights. It begins in Barcelona with a combined architecture/helicopter tour followed by a traditional cooking class taught by a master chef. Then you'll head to Madrid for city tours and a flamenco show followed by a trip down to Andalusia and Córdoba, a city with incredible medieval landmarks.

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Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 13 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 13 Days

Why visit one beautiful country on Europe's Iberian Peninsula when you can visit both? This 13-day adventure begins in Portugal's historic capital of Lisbon and continues north to the equally stunning heritage city of Porto and the surrounding wine region. Then it's off to Spain, with not only stops at the best museums in Madrid but the best beaches in Barcelona and even further north along the Costa Brava.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 15 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 15 Days

On this 15-day tour of Spain, you'll see the most famous sights, partake in the most enjoyable activities, and you'll do so in style. You'll visit not only Barcelona and Madrid but you'll travel south into Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish history. Along the way, you'll take a helicopter tour of Barcelona, embark on a private art tour, enjoy a gourmet cooking class, and even visit an olive-oil estate.

Take your family on an epic tour of Spain
Map of Family Fun in Spain: History, Culture & Natural Wonders - 15 Days
Family Fun in Spain: History, Culture & Natural Wonders - 15 Days

This epic 15-day family adventure starts in Barcelona, where you'll tour Gaudí's fantastical creations, get creative with a pottery class, and learn to make a traditional Spanish meal. Head south to the beaches of Málaga for kayaking and snorkeling, then brave the heights of the Caminito del Rey with a family hike. Get lost in the Moorish palaces of Granada, put on a show with a flamenco class in Seville, and end in Madrid for a kid's-eye-view of the capital and ziplining over Toledo's Tagus River.

Tuck into paella, cooked in a traditional paellera
Map of Culinary Tour of Spain: Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastian & Barcelona - 12 Days
Culinary Tour of Spain: Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastian & Barcelona - 12 Days

Travelers who want to experience Spain's legendary culinary scene won't want to miss this 12-day food-forward tour filled with tapas, wineries, olive oil tastings, and more. Start with a gourmet tour of Madrid, enjoy a homecooked meal in the Cantabrian Mountains, dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the Cantabrian Coast, taste txakoli wine in San Sebastián, and end with an architecture and market tour in vibrant Barcelona.

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona
Map of Best of Spain & Portugal: Barcelona, Porto, Lisbon & Andalusia - 21 Days
Best of Spain & Portugal: Barcelona, Porto, Lisbon & Andalusia - 21 Days

See the best of Spain and Portugal with a harmonious mix of the "must-sees" and the off-the-beaten-track. Start in Barcelona before continuing to the country's capital, Madrid. From here, catch a short flight up to enchanting Porto for a few nights before making your way down through Lisbon, Évora, and the Alentejo region. Transfer back across the border to Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain, which is known for its flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, and cultural traditions. 

Enjoy your 12 days in Spain with the family making lasting memories
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 12 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 12 Days

Spain's world-renowned culture and historic sights are such that travelers of all ages can enjoy them. It's the perfect country for a family vacation, and over 12 fun-filled days you'll experience the best Spain has to offer, from the Mediterranean coast down into the Andalusia region. Along the way, there will be day trips and adventures in unforgettable cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 12 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 12 Days

In 12 days you can not only see three of Spain's major regions, but you can do so in style and luxury. It starts with tours by land and air of Barcelona, followed by some cultural tours (including an art hop) in Madrid. Finally, you'll end up in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, which is famous for Moorish palaces and incredible tapas cuisine.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 12 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 12 days

To really experience Spain you need to visit different regions, immerse yourself in local culture, and sample as much delectable cuisine as possible. That's exactly what you'll do on a 12-day adventure that will take you from Barcelona to Madrid and down to Andalusia. Throughout the journey, you'll take gourmet cooking classes, attend an authentic flamenco show, and enjoy some of the greatest food and wine in the world.

A family enjoying an al fresco lunch in Spain
Map of Active Family Trip to Barcelona, Northern Spain & Madrid - 12 Days
Active Family Trip to Barcelona, Northern Spain & Madrid - 12 Days

Discover culture, royalty, gastronomy, and more on this epic 12-day family vacation to Spain. Through child-friendly walking and cycle tours, nature hikes, and cooking classes, you'll experience the best of northern Spain, the Basque Country, and Madrid. Marvel at Gaudí's iconic structures in Barcelona, enjoy beach life and art in San Sebastián and Bilbao, and then hop on a plane to the country's capital. You'll round off your trip with sightseeing and flamenco dancing in Madrid!

Snorkel and kayak in the waters off Málaga
Map of Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia  - 12 Days
Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia - 12 Days

With just the right blend of cultural and outdoor activities, this 12-day trip to Spain is perfect for families. Tour Barcelona's inspiring architecture, then ride the funicular to Monserrat's historic cliffside monastery. Kayak and snorkel in La Herradura before hunting for treasure in Málaga. You'll be hiking the Sierra Nevada mountains one moment, exploring Granada the next, and dancing your way through Seville before you know it. Round the trip off with horseback riding along Doñana's wild coastline.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 16 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 16 Days

This luxury tour of Spain includes visits to three different regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. You'll tour the highlight landmarks, enjoy great shows, and indulge in some of the world's most renowned cuisine. Throughout it all, you'll be staying in the best accommodations and enjoying optimum comfort.

Hit the beaches with a self-drive adventure on the Costa Brava
Map of Ultimate Family Trip to Northern Spain, the Basque Country & Madrid - 16 Days
Ultimate Family Trip to Northern Spain, the Basque Country & Madrid - 16 Days

Starting in Barcelona, this 16-day trip to Spain ticks all the boxes for active families searching for the perfect blend of sightseeing, excursions, and beach time with the kids. See Gaudí's iconic works in Catalonia's capital before discovering Dalí in the Costa Brava. Next up is the Basque Country, where you'll feast on pintxos, marvel at the Guggenheim and sail around foodie hotspot San Sebastián. Finish your vacation in the cultural capital of Madrid, where you'll learn to flamenco and master the art of paella!

Explore Spain's beautiful beaches and promenades
Map of Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona, Andalusia & Madrid - 16 Days
Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona, Andalusia & Madrid - 16 Days

Explore the wonders of Spain on this 16-day family tour, which starts in bustling Barcelona. See the whimsical works of Gaudí, ride horses through scenic Montserrat Park, and relax on local beaches. Then, it's off to Málaga for kayaking and snorkeling excursions at La Herradura and an exciting treasure hunt around the city. Visit Granada's impressive Alhambra fortress, don your dancing shoes for flamenco lessons in Seville, and end in Madrid with a visit to the Royal Palace and a wild zipline ride.

The city of cities, Barcelona
Map of Barcelona, Granada & Seville - 10 days
Barcelona, Granada & Seville - 10 days

See the cultural highlights of Spain's most captivating cities on this 10-day itinerary, showcasing Barcelona, Granada, and Sevilla. You'll start in Barcelona, fly to Granada, pick up your car rental and drive to Ronda before ending your stay in Sevilla. Along the way, you'll drive through the Andalusian mountains, explore colorful cities, and marvel at ornate Islamic architecture.

Discover the 9th century Alhambra Palace in Granada
Map of Highlights of Central and Southern Spain: Madrid, Seville, & Barcelona - 12 Days
Highlights of Central and Southern Spain: Madrid, Seville, & Barcelona - 12 Days

This complete 12-day itinerary highlights some of Spain's most enchanting cities, featuring Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. Begin in Madrid and explore historic Toledo, working your way into Andalucía and to Sevilla, Córdoba, Arcos de la Frontera, Ronda, and Granada. Fly to Barcelona and discover Gaudí's whimsical architecture, the 1000-year-old abbey in the Montserrat mountains, and the wines of the Penedès region.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
City Highlights Tour: Madrid, Seville, Granada & Barcelona - 9 Days

Explore Spain's lively cities and vibrant culture, starting with a gourmet food tour in Madrid and a flamenco show in Seville. Stop in Córdoba to tour the Mezquita, then discover Granada's most popular site, the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Meander the historic district of Albaicín with a personal photographer before ending the trip in Barcelona by touring the works of Gaudí and enjoying a day trip.

Pena Palace on the Portuguese Riviera in Sintra
Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 15 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches & Culture - 15 Days

Get ready for an adventure on the Iberian Peninsula. This comprehensive 15-day itinerary covers the highlights of both Portugal and Spain, including the capital cities of Lisbon and Madrid, as well as Mediterranean beaches and the wine country near Porto. You'll also visit historic architectural marvels like the Pena Palace in Cintra, the famous cathedral of Toledo, and the Catalan-modernist buildings of Gaudí in Barcelona.

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Map of Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 13 Days
Spain Luxury Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 13 Days

13 days of culture and excitement in the lap of luxury is what's on offer with this itinerary. Your grand tour of Spain begins in Barcelona and continues to the capital of Madrid and into the southern Andalusia region. The activities you'll enjoy are many, and they include cooking classes, art tours, visits to royal palaces and Moorish fortresses, tours of olive fields, and of course enjoying incredible meals in the country's best restaurants.

Mother and child petting a donkey in Spain
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 13 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 13 Days

Spain's welcoming culture, abundant beautiful nature, and historic sights make any family trip here an exciting proposition. This 13-day itinerary is the perfect amount of time to get to know some of the major regions, including Catalonia and southern Andalusia. Naturally, this vacation includes stops in some of the most incredible cities in the country, including Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Málaga.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 13 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 13 days

Traveling through Spain in style means not only seeing the sights but indulging in the best food and wine as well. That's just what you'll do over 13 days on a journey that will take you across three distinct regions of Spain: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. Of course, you'll witness historic landmarks and beautiful scenery, but just as crucially, you'll enjoy some of the greatest meals of your life.

 Aerial view of The Arc of the Triumph in Barcelona, Spain
Map of Barcelona, Seville, Madrid & Granada: Best Itinerary Ideas
Barcelona, Seville, Madrid & Granada: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 12 days is a great length for a Spain trip, with stops in Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Granada. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as six to nine days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Ronda, Córdoba, or Málaga. See more ideas for Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Granada itineraries below.

 Gothic Quarter at dusk, Barcelona, Spain
Map of Barcelona, Seville, Madrid & Valencia: Best Itinerary Ideas
Barcelona, Seville, Madrid & Valencia: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that nine to 12 days is perfect for a well-paced Spain trip with stops in Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Valencia. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five to eight days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Granada, Málaga, or Córdoba. Keep reading for more inspiring Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Valencia itineraries.

Explore Barcelona's Gothic Quarter after sundown for great photo opportunities
Map of Highlights of Italy & Spain - 14 Days
Highlights of Italy & Spain - 14 Days

This ultimate highlights tour covers the best of both Italy and Spain over the course of two weeks. In Rome, you'll walk in the footsteps of history, visiting landmarks like the Colosseum and Pantheon while indulging in tasty food tours. The adventure continues north to Florence and Venice for trips on the Grand Canal and wine tours in Tuscany before heading to Spain for more culture and delectable cuisine in Barcelona, Madrid, and the southern region of Andalusia.

Start your Iberian adventure in Spain, where tapas and pintxos are on the menu
Map of Culinary Journey Through Spain & Portugal - 21 Days
Culinary Journey Through Spain & Portugal - 21 Days

Spain is famous for its dynamic gastronomy, but this rich food heritage extends beyond borders. On this two-week culinary odyssey across the Iberian Peninsula, you'll discover distinct and delicious flavors, from Spain's tapas and olive oils to the wine and food markets of neighboring Portugal. During the adventure, you'll take cooking classes, go on wine tours, dine with locals, and much more.

Drive south to the cliffs and beaches of the Algarve before crossing into Spain
Map of Epic Portugal & Spain Discovery Tour: Iberian Culture, Coastline & Beaches - 21 Days
Epic Portugal & Spain Discovery Tour: Iberian Culture, Coastline & Beaches - 21 Days

Get ready for three weeks of culture, cuisine, and adventure on the Iberian Peninsula. You'll visit all the highlights, beginning with tours in Portugal's northern city of Porto, followed by a road trip south to the capital of Lisbon to explore its famous seven hills. After hiking the coast of Sintra and the Algarve, you'll hop around southern and eastern Spain, from Seville and Granada to Mallorca and Barcelona.

Savor Spanish tapas and local eats on a tour of Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, and Seville
Map of Flavors of Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Seville - 9 Days
Flavors of Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Seville - 9 Days

This nine-day journey gets to the heart of Spain with tapas crawls, culinary workshops, and guided experiences in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, and Seville. Delve into the world of Catalan modernism with a private tour of Sagrada Família, then visit Valencia's local markets and learn how to make paella step-by-step. Feel the rhythmic fervor of a flamenco show in Madrid and cycle along the charming streets of Seville. Finally, visit a historic olive oil estate in the Andalusian countryside.

Looking out over the Alhambra in Granada
Map of Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia  - 9 Days
Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia - 9 Days

This nine-day Spanish adventure is perfect for the family that loves to immerse themselves in a new culture—from art, history, and cuisine to architecture and nature. Discover a little of everything as you start with Barcelona's culinary and artistic heritage, heading south to Málaga for snorkeling and thrilling canyon treks. Hike in the Sierra Madre mountains and tour the palaces and gardens of Granada's Alhambra before continuing to Seville to learn flamenco and ceramic tile-making.

Head up the coast from Barcelona to discover the Costa Brava gems like Cadaqués
Map of Coastal Spain & Southern Italy Trip: Barcelona, Costa Brava, Sicily & Amalfi Coast - 21 Days
Coastal Spain & Southern Italy Trip: Barcelona, Costa Brava, Sicily & Amalfi Coast - 21 Days

Experience the best of Spain's foodie north and Italy's vibrant south with this three-week adventure that traverses the sun-kissed coasts of the Costa Brava, the Sorrentine Peninsula, and Sicily. Start in Barcelona to discover dramatic architecture, cava vineyards, and relaxed coastal towns. Then, fly to Italy for sublime vistas, ancient ruins, and mouthwatering street food. Along the way, you'll hike volcanoes and kayak picture-perfect bays, with plenty of time to relax and soak up the Mediterranean rays.

Children sitting on stone steps in Spain
Map of Spain Family Vacation: Madrid, Barcelona & Menorca - 14 Days
Spain Family Vacation: Madrid, Barcelona & Menorca - 14 Days

Introduce the kids to continental European life with this glorious two-week family trip to Spain. Starting in Madrid, you'll stroll medieval cobbled streets, feast on mouth-watering tapas, and experience centuries-old traditions in Toledo. Catch the train to vibrant Barcelona and gaze awestruck at the Sagrada Família as the city's turrets and steeples fire the kids' imaginations. Your trip finishes on the idyllic island of Menorca, where you'll swim in secret coves and sail the stunning coast

Take a tour of the Alhambra while staying Granada on this multicountry trip
Map of Highlights of Italy & Spain - 21 Days
Highlights of Italy & Spain - 21 Days

This three-week adventure traverses Italy and Spain, two countries whose thousands of years of history will leave you awestruck. In Rome, hit all the highlights, from the Colosseum to Vatican City, before heading to the twin pillars of romance known as Venice and Florence. Then, hop over to Spain to discover its rich culture with art, history, and guided food tours in Barcelona, Madrid, and Andalusia.

Typical colorful ceramic benches of the famous Plaza de Espana, Seville
Map of Barcelona, Seville, Madrid & Málaga: Best Itinerary Ideas
Barcelona, Seville, Madrid & Málaga: Best Itinerary Ideas

Thirteen to 15 days is the most popular trip length for Spain travelers interested in visiting Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Málaga, especially when also including Granada. For travelers wanting to visit Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Málaga exclusively, plan nine days to two weeks for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as eight days. Check out kimkim's favorite Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, and Málaga trips below.

Mother and child in Spain
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Costa del Sol - 14 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Costa del Sol - 14 Days

Beyond the Ibiza beach parties and Barcelona nightclubs is a whole other Spain perfect for both adults and kids. This comprehensive 14-day tour celebrates the old and the new, from historic cities like Madrid and Seville to modern centers of art, culture, and science. Plus, you'll enjoy day trips into the countryside, visit mountaintop amusement parks, and end your adventure on the sun-soaked Costa del Sol.

Indulge in yummy eats on a food-focused itinery to Spain
Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 14 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 14 days

There's an art to living and eating well, one that finds its equilibrium in Spain. On a two-week luxury tour of this culturally rich nation, you'll stay in the finest accommodations as you make your way from Barcelona to Madrid and down into Andalusia. Each plot point on the journey will be defined by meals in some of Spain's best restaurants as you indulge in many of its regional gastronomic specialties and fine wines.

Sunset Views over Barcelona
Explore the Cities, Islands, and Culture of Spain - 14 Days

This 2-week trip leads you through Spain's major cities while also experiencing unique nature and beaches in the Canary Islands. Explore the historic city centers of Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville with tapas tours, flamenco dancing, bike rides, and sailing excursions. Enjoy a Jeep safari on the slopes of a volcano, go whale watching, and hike the Caminito del Rey trail, plus tour the famous Alhambra and enjoy a sherry tasting in Jerez.

Explore Barcelona's sites with the kids in tow
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 14 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia - 14 Days

Explore some of Spain's biggest and most culturally rich cities through your kids' eyes as this two-week adventure takes you to Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Seville, and Málaga. Enjoy family-friendly and kid-approved activities, like scavenger hunts in museums, city food tours, romping through parks and gardens, being royalty for the day, and playing at mountaintop theme parks.

Visit the Basque country city of San Sebastián
Map of Luxury Northern Spain: Madrid, La Rioja, Basque Country & Barcelona - 14 Days
Luxury Northern Spain: Madrid, La Rioja, Basque Country & Barcelona - 14 Days

Explore northern Spain's highlights with a side trip to Barcelona on this two-week luxury tour. Exclusive adventures include VIP seats to a Real Madrid soccer match, a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over La Rioja's lush vineyards, and kayaking along the Costa Brava. Stay at 5-star heritage hotels and palaces, soaking up culture on city walking tours and private trips to UNESCO-listed treasures, from Gaudí's La Sagrada Família to the medieval town of Ávila.

Spend four days exploring the Balearic island of Menorca by Jeep and catamaran
Map of Luxury Spain Getaway: Madrid to the Mediterranean - 14 Days
Luxury Spain Getaway: Madrid to the Mediterranean - 14 Days

Discover Spain’s showstopping highlights on this luxury two-week tour. You’ll stay in 5-star hotels and restored palaces, joining private guides for cultural tours of Madrid, Granada, and Barcelona. Exclusive experiences include flamenco performances, marzipan workshops, and Michelin-starred dining. Take day trips to Penedès vineyards and the Alpujarras Mountains, then jet to the sun-blessed island of Menorca, where white-sand beaches, catamaran tours, and Jeep safaris await.

See iconic Spanish art forms like flamenco
Map of Ultimate Luxury Tour of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Andalusia - 14 Days
Ultimate Luxury Tour of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Andalusia - 14 Days

See Spain in luxurious style as you hop from one gorgeous region to another over two weeks. Discover Barcelona and indulge in Catalonia's food and wine before heading to Madrid to experience its history and architecture—capped with dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Then, visit Andalusia for flamenco shows, tours of historic palaces, bike rides in Seville, and a sunset cruise off the coast of Málaga.

Explore the parks of Barcelona with your family
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Seville - 10 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Seville - 10 Days

Spain is famous for many things, including its beautiful beaches, world-class gastronomy, royal palaces, and ancient cathedrals. Over 10 days, you and the family will discover it all on an unforgettable journey from Barcelona to Madrid and, finally, to Andalusia. This last region offers unique cultural elements that kids love, such as Moorish fortresses and flamenco rhythms.

Aerial Views of Granada, Spain
Cities & Culture in Spain: Madrid, Seville, Granada & Barcelona - 10 Days

Discover the culture of Spain's cities on this nine-day trip, starting with a tour through Madrid and an evening of flamenco and tapas in Seville. Then, make your way to Granada, passing through the village of Ronda and a winery along the way. You'll explore Granada's famous Alhambra palace and gardens, then fly to Barcelona for a cycling tour of its historic districts and a visit to the sites of Gaudí's.

See Barcelona's modernist treasures like Casa Batlló
Map of Ultimate Luxury Tour of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Andalusia - 10 Days
Ultimate Luxury Tour of Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Andalusia - 10 Days

With its rich history, scenic beauty, and world-class cuisine, Spain was built for luxury vacations. See the nation in style with this 10-day tour, beginning with private architecture tours in Barcelona and visits to wineries and olive oil estates. Continue to Madrid for art walks and Michelin-starred dining before traveling south to Andalusia and touring legendary locales like Granada's Alhambra and the Moorish hotbed of food and history that is Seville.

Sail the Menorcan waters in luxury
Map of Mediterranean Spain Luxury Getaway: Madrid, Menorca & Barcelona - 10 Days
Mediterranean Spain Luxury Getaway: Madrid, Menorca & Barcelona - 10 Days

Sample Mediterranean culture and landscapes on this luxury 10-day trip to Spain. You'll take intimate city tours, browsing Madrid's Prado Museum with an art historian and visiting Barcelona's world-famous Sagrada Família with an architect. Sip fine wines in Penedès' vineyards and jet to the beach-studded shores of Menorca to bask on white-sand beaches, sail the Mediterranean coast on a private catamaran, and enjoy a private Jeep safari.

Three kids enjoying a holiday to Spain
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Costa del Sol - 15 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Costa del Sol - 15 Days

Sure, Spain is famous for its food, fiestas, and great wine, but this European hotspot isn't merely for adults. Besides the world-class beaches, there are historic castles, palaces, and ample opportunities for kid-friendly activities. You'll experience just that on this 15-day itinerary that covers not only Madrid and Andalusia but Barcelona and the Costa del Sol.

Explore the charming alleys of Cadaques on Spain's Costa Brava
Map of Ultimate Family Trip to Northern Spain, Basque Country & Madrid - 15 Days
Ultimate Family Trip to Northern Spain, Basque Country & Madrid - 15 Days

Embrace Spanish culture and ease into the Mediterranean outdoor lifestyle with this 15-day family trip to Spain. Discover gastronomy in Barcelona and Madrid with child-friendly cooking classes, and experience the Basque Country's stunning scenery and history with cycle tours around Bilbao and San Sebastián. There'll be plenty of beach time, too, with a self-guided trip to the Costa Brava and the perfect blend of activities, relaxation, and sightseeing to make the most of your Spanish adventure.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 15 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 15 days

Any foodie with a love of travel owes it to themselves to visit Spain. There's a rich culinary heritage in all of this nation's autonomous regions, including Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. On this 15-day tour, you'll visit each of these areas and enjoy world-class tapas, seafood, and wine along the way.

Introduce your children to Spanish history and lore on guided tours
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & the Costa del Sol - 16 Days
Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & the Costa del Sol - 16 Days

Fall in love with Spain on this epic 16-day family tour that starts in Barcelona and finishes in one of the world's oldest seafront towns, Málaga. You'll tour the Royal Palace in Madrid, introduce the kids to Gaudí's famous works, and discover the kid-friendly attractions in Valencia and Seville. You'll even fit in fun at Spain's gorgeous beaches and an off-road tour across ancient towns in the Sierra de Grazalema mountains.

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Map of Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 16 Days
Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 16 Days

A little over two weeks is all you need to visit the highlights of Spain. This 16-day itinerary is a whirlwind of royal palaces and Moorish temples, world-class gastronomy and some of the most beautiful natural landscapes anywhere in the world. The destinations you'll visit cover the map, from Barcelona and Basque Country to Madrid and the stunning cities of Andalusia, like Seville and Granada.

View of Madrid at Sunrise
Highlights of Spain, from Barcelona to Andalusia - 16 Days

This tour takes you from the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona to the vibrant streets of Madrid, finishing in the historic region of Andalusia in Spain's south. Along the way, visit the cities of Segovia and Toledo, as well as Ronda and the traditional white villages of Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra, including a hike along the Caminito del Rey. Enjoy a guided visit through the Alhambra in Granada, and ample time to explore Córdoba, Seville, and Cádiz on your own, all while enjoying traditional tapas, local wine, and a flamenco show.

Explore Spain's famous Alhambra in Granada
Map of Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 11 Days
Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 11 Days

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 visit the famous Alhambra fortress in Granada.

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Map of Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 16 Days
Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 16 Days

Experience the highlights of Spain on a 16-day tour of three distinct regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. It begins in the capital, where you'll enjoy art tours and visit Madrid's grand plazas, parks, and the Royal Palace. Then, you'll head south to Andalusia for flamenco performances and wine tours before closing out your epic holiday in the historic neighborhoods and beautiful beaches of Barcelona.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 16 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 16 days

Spain is synonymous with historic sights and incredible cuisine. If you're going to experience these twin pillars of Spanish culture, you might as well do so in style. That's what this 16-day tour offers as you travel from the Mediterranean coast to the capital of Madrid and down into Andalusia, staying in great hotels and enjoying the finest meals and best wine throughout the journey.

 The village of Ronda in Andalusia, Spain
Map of Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Granada & Ronda: Best Itinerary Ideas
Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Granada & Ronda: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 12 to 14 days is perfect for a well-paced Spain trip with stops in Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Granada, and Ronda. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 9 to 11 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Málaga, Córdoba, or Vejer de la Frontera. See more ideas for Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Granada, and Ronda itineraries below.

Take the ultimate Spain vacation with your family
Map of Epic Family Adventure in Spain - 16 Days
Epic Family Adventure in Spain - 16 Days

You'll find culture, history, and plenty of interactive fun on this kid-friendly 16-day trip to Spain. Touch down in Madrid, where the whole family can roll up their sleeves to learn how to make paella and brush up on their flamenco steps. Take to the skies over Segovia by hot-air balloon, play swordsmiths for the day in Toledo, explore the Moorish palaces of Córdoba, and learn to make pottery in Seville. After an epic treasure hunt and plenty of beach time in Málaga, wind down in Barcelona with a sunset sailing trip.

Exploring the Balearic Islands
Map of Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 21 Days
Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 21 Days

This three-week itinerary delivers everything you could want in a Spanish holiday. It begins in Madrid before moving south to Andalusia, with its Moorish architecture and flamenco flavor. You'll then discover the food and culture of Barcelona, capping the trip in the Balearic Islands, where you'll explore postcard coves and the azure waters off Menorca and Mallorca.

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Map of Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 17 Days
Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 17 Days

Get ready for the trip of a lifetime. In 17 days you'll experience the highlights of Spain, from Barcelona to Basque Country, Madrid to Andalusia. It's a grand tour that covers all the hallmarks of this incomparable nation, from the legendary food to the beautiful landscapes to the legendary architecture and historic palaces. 

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 17 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 17 days

Traveling through Spain is one thing—eating your way through it is quite another. On this immersive 17-day tour you'll get to do both as you discover this nation's cultural heritage as well as its rich gastronomic legacy. It's a road trip that will take you from Barcelona and Madrid to the western valleys and down into Andalusia as you sample local delicacies and drink fine wine.

The White City of Ronda, Spain
Map of Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 12 Days
Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 12 Days

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.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 18 Days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 18 Days

Spain ranks right alongside France and Italy as one of the great foodie destinations in Europe. On an 18-day tour, you can visit the major regions of this country and indulge in its fine cuisine until your heart's content. This includes sampling the tapas of Madrid and Andalusia, savoring the fresh seafood on the coast, tasting great wines in the Spanish Basque Country, and even taking a traditional Spanish cooking class in Barcelona.

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Map of Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 18 Days
Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 18 Days

To do Spain right what you need is time, and 18 days is the perfect amount to get to the heart of this historic nation. This timeframe allows you to visit the Mediterranean coast and Barcelona, the Atlantic and Basque Country, the capital of Madrid, and finally southern Andalusia. Throughout, you'll stroll some of the most historic streets and marvel at some of the most ancient architecture anywhere in Europe.

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 19 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 19 days

Spain's culture is inexorably linked to its cuisine. To visit this country without experiencing its rich gastronomic offerings would render the entire endeavor moot. To avoid this unattractive scenario we offer you a 19-day tour that includes visits to all the historic and awe-inspiring sights of Spain's cities but also includes cooking classes, wine tours, olive-oil samplings, and all the tapas and regional dishes you can eat.

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Map of Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 19 Days
Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 19 Days

19 days is more than enough time to travel the length and breadth of Spain on a tour of the most remarkable locales in the country. This includes not only the capital of Madrid but the sunkissed metropolis of Barcelona, the Basque Country, and the southern Andalusia region. It's on this last leg of the journey that you'll discover some of the country's most historic landmarks that date back to the time of Moorish rule. 

Explore tapas bars in Seville on your last night of the trip
Map of Best of Spain's Cities: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Seville - 7 Days
Best of Spain's Cities: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Seville - 7 Days

Experience the best of Spain's cities with this immersive one-week tour. See the sights in Valencia and Seville from a private boat, tour the Sagrada Família with a guide, and discover the sporting legacy at Real Madrid's stadium. You'll also keep active as you pedal the vibrant streets of Barcelona, learn to surf or standup paddleboard in the Mediterranean, and hike through Guadarrama National Park. If that's not enough, get your fill of Spanish cuisine with a cooking class and guided tapas tours.

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Map of Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 13 Days
Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville - 13 Days

13 days in Spain is ample time to immerse yourself in its culture. On this adventure, you'll visit three different regions, beginning in Madrid and then heading south to Andalusia, where you'll visit its historic palaces/fortresses and enjoy flamenco music and authentic tapas. You'll also take nature hikes around the mountaintop city of Ronda and close out your tour with cycling tours around the most famous neighborhoods of Barcelona.

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Map of Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 20 Days
Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 20 Days

Over 20 days, you'll visit Spain's most beautiful and iconic regions as you spend time on both the Mediterranean and Pacific coasts. The journey begins in the north with stays in the incomparable city of Barcelona as well as the foodie haven of San Sebastián. Heading south, you'll enjoy the highlights of Madrid, followed by a stop in Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish culture and romantic flamenco melodies. 

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Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 20 days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 20 days

Like Italy and France, Spain is defined by world-class cuisine and stunning locales. Over 20 days, you'll visit the highlights—including Madrid, Barcelona, the Basque Country, and Andalusia—while enjoying delicious food every step of the way. To complement the experience, you'll also enjoy wine tours and visit olive groves, where you'll learn the secrets to great Spanish olive oil.

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Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches, & Culture - 14 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches, & Culture - 14 Days

If the idea of country-hopping in Europe is appealing to you, then you're going to love this two-week Iberian adventure. It begins in Portugal with visits to Lisbon and Porto plus the surrounding wine country. Then you're off to Madrid for art and culture tours, day trips to Toledo, and finally a jaunt to beautiful Barcelona and the equally enticing Costa Brava.

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Map of Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 14 Days
Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 14 Days

This comprehensive Spain itinerary packs as many exciting activities and rewarding cultural experiences into 14 days as is possible. It begins in Madrid with visits to the major sights like the Royal Palace and continues south to Seville, known for its flamenco and tapas culture. You'll tour historic Andalusian towns like Córdoba and Granada, hike around the mountaintop city of Ronda, and close out the experience with a cycling and architecture tour of Barcelona.

Sunset in Barcelona
Map of Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 21 Days
Spain North to South: Basque Country to Andalusia - 21 Days

Get to know the major regions of Spain with this three-week getaway from north to south. Begin in Barcelona and enjoy an immersion in Catalan culture, followed by a jaunt to the Basque Country to sample world-renowned cuisine. Finally, head to the mountains of Málaga and further south through Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish culture and home to historic cities like Granada, Córdoba, and Seville.

A plate of seafood paella and glass of wine
Map of Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 21 Days
Ultimate Food, Culture & Wine Tour of Spain - 21 Days

Spend a delectable three weeks traveling through Spain from north to south and enjoying its world-class food and wine as you go. This 21-day gastronomic vacation will take you from Barcelona across the nation to Basque Country. From there, travel to the capital of Madrid and finally down into Andalusia, the birthplace of flamenco. Throughout, you'll dine on regional specialties like tapas, plus enjoy vineyard tours and guided visits to olive groves.

The Costa Brava
Barcelona, the Costa Brava & the Costa del Sol - 14 days

Take it easy on this two-week trip around the sunny beaches of Spain! You'll start with a few days in Barcelona, then drive north to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava, taking your time as you explore quiet coves and small villages by the sea. For the second part of the trip, you'll jet off to the Costa del Sol, basing yourself in seaside Marbella and quaint Ronda as you swim, sunbathe, hike, and relax.

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Map of Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 15 Days
Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 15 Days

If you want to experience every aspect of Spanish culture, this 15-day excursion is for you. You'll enjoy a diverse array of activities that includes sightseeing in major cities, visiting local artisans in Madrid, going on wine tours in Andalusia, attending live flamenco performances, enjoying traditional tapas, and more. The best part is you'll close out the adventure in Barcelona, the beautiful capital of Catalonia.

See historic cities, natural highlights and plenty of beaches on this family adventure
Map of Epic Family Adventure in Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Málaga & Barcelona  - 15 Days
Epic Family Adventure in Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Málaga & Barcelona - 15 Days

This 15-day family exploration of Spain starts in historic Madrid, where you'll stroll the lively Plaza Mayor, prepare (and eat!) delicious paella, and learn the art of flamenco. Visit Toledo and watch swordsmiths at work, then head to Córdoba for the Mezquita's stunning Moorish designs and a horseback ride through the nearby countryside. Cruise the Guadalquivir River in Seville, swim and surf on the beaches of Málaga, and end with a tour of Gaudí 's whimsical architecture in Barcelona.

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Map of Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona & the Balearic Islands - 20 Days
Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona & the Balearic Islands - 20 Days

With two-thirds of a month free, you can really immerse yourself in Spain. This 20-day itinerary allows you to visit three different regions, including Madrid, Andalusia, and Catalonia. Throughout the adventure, you'll enjoy great food, go on wine tours, take in a flamenco show, marvel at historic Gothic architecture, and even make time for a bit of island-hopping in Menorca and Mallorca. 

Lisbon's Alfama district
Map of Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches, & Culture - 16 Days
Highlights of Spain & Portugal: Cities, Beaches, & Culture - 16 Days

There's nothing quite like the Iberian Peninsula. It's home to Spain and Portugal, two distinct countries that feature some of the richest culture and most scenic locales in Europe. Over 16 unforgettable days, you'll visit the highlights of both nations, from Lisbon and Madrid to Porto and Barcelona—plus the Costa Brava, the Empordá wine region, and everywhere in between.

Views of Granada's impressive Alhambra
Map of Culture & History in Spain: Madrid to Andalusia - 21 Days
Culture & History in Spain: Madrid to Andalusia - 21 Days

This three-week tour takes you from Madrid in Central Spain to Cádiz in the south, stopping to enjoy personalized walking tours in cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. Experience the best of Spain's architecture (like the works of Gaudí in Barcelona), art (like the Picasso Museum in Málaga), and history (like the distinctive cultures of Toledo) while enjoying organic wine tasting, hiking in the scenic karst region, and visiting unique towns in Andalusia.

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Map of Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 17 Days
Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 17 Days

This 17-day itinerary has all the makings of an unforgettable Spanish adventure. You'll not only visit the most incredible sights in the most famous cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville, but you'll also make day trips to medieval gems like Ronda and Toledo. On top of taking food tours of local markets and tapas bars, you'll also head to the isles of Mallorca and Menorca for some sailing trips and coastal horseback riding.

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Map of Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 18 Days
Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 18 Days

This 18-day Spanish vacation packs in historic sights, gorgeous locales, and some of the best beaches. It begins in Madrid with a tour of its famous plazas and palaces, followed by a jaunt around Andalusia and its most beautiful cities, such as Seville, Ronda, and Grenada. But that's not all—you'll then fly off to Barcelona for Catalan culture in its Gothic Quarter before ending the trip on the postcard Balearic Islands.

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Map of Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 19 Days
Spain Highlights: Madrid, Andalusia, Barcelona, & the Balearic Islands - 19 Days

The only way to improve on a journey through mainland Spain is to add an island adventure into the mix. Over 19 days you'll immerse yourself in cities like Madrid, Seville, Grenada, and Barcelona, visiting their historic sights and enjoying the regional cuisine. Beyond wine tours, art walks, and flamenco shows, you'll also jet off to the Balearic Islands and sail the sapphire waters of hot spots like Mallorca and Menorca.

Aerial View of the Alhambra at Sunset
Discover Spain, North to South - 18 Days

Discover the highlights of Spain's cities and nature on this tour, starting in Picos de Europa National Park near Bilbao, and heading into Madrid via the UNESCO city of Segovia with its ancient Roman aqueduct. Visit the region of Andalucía, exploring the cities of Granada, Seville, and Ronda, plus hiking the Caminito del Rey, exploring the white villages, and enjoying an optional beach day. End your trip on the island of Mallorca, discovering its historic inland villages and coastal harbors, as well as its caves, mountains, and wineries.