Explore Spain in 12 Days – Spain Itinerary

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Spain which lies in Europe’s Iberian Peninsula has a diverse geography, beautiful nature, and cultures. Explore Spain in this article which includes top listed cities, cultural towns, beaches, and many exciting places. For visiting Spain check it on their official website. Also, you must know 30 Things to know before visiting Spain. Read Spain Itinerary for 2 weeks in this post.

Majestic Madrid Attractions
Gran Via



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Barcelona a vibrant, joyous and bright city with full of attractions for all tastes. One of the most visited and popular tourist destination of the world. Click here to know about my stay in Barcelona.

Worth visiting places in Barcelona | Spain Itinerary 

Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
Sagrada Familia

Within 2 days you can cover these places mentioned below either through public transport like Metro/bus or by Hop on Hop Off Bus tours. Click here to book your day tours in Barcelona.

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Illa de la Piscordia
  • Casa Batllo
  • La Ramla (very lively place – exciting night life)
  • Jardi Botanical Garden
  • Anella Olimpica
  • Museu Nacional D’ Art de Catalunya 
  • Placa de Catalunya
  • Port Vell
  • Cable car ride from Montjuiic Hill
  • Colombus Monument
  • Torre Agbar
Top Sightseeing Places in Barcelona
Casa Batllo

Day Trips from Barcelona :

On 3rd day you can select any one of the following day trips. 

Explore Spain - Spain Itinerary for 12 days


Valencia a beautiful city of Spain is famous for its wonderful architecture from ancient medieval times and even modern times. Click here to know my stay in Valencia.

Worth visiting places in Valencia | Spain Itinerary 

  • North Station
  • Town Hall Square
  • Miguelete
  • Plaza de la Virgen
  • Plaza de Mercado
  • City of Arts & Science Center
  • La Lonja
  • Valencia Cathedral
  • Book your Gastronomic or food tour in Valencia – Exciting Tapas tour in Valencia.
  • Admire street art, sculpture and exteriors/facade of buildings. Go for city tour where old meets new and click here to book your day tour in Valencia. 

Highlights of Valencia Tour

SEVILLE – 2 Days

Seville a flamboyant and cultural city of Spain with many worth visiting historical places. Birth place of Flamenco dance. Click here to know about my Seville stay.

Worth visiting places in Seville | Spain Itinerary

  • Alcazar of Seville 
  • Plaza de Espana 
  • Seville Cathedral 
  • Giralda
  • Street tour
  • Flamenco Dance show – Book your Flamenco show tickets in advance and click here to know more. 
  • Appreciate famous pottery of Seville.
  • Flora/Fauna, Live in traditional Spanish Villa and splurge on delicious Spanish food- A city of Flamenco dance and many great Spanish architectures.
Things to do in Cultural Seville Spain
Canals in front of Plaza de Espana

Day Trips from Seville

Things to do in Cultural Seville Spain
Flamenco dance from Seville
Things to do in Cultural Seville Spain
Walls of Alcazar

MALAGA – 2 Days

Famous for exotic beaches and 300 days of sun. Some of the very famous Spanish beaches are located in and around Malaga. Click here to know about my stay in Malaga

Perfect Beach Destination Malaga

Worth visiting places in Malaga | Spain Itinerary

  • Malaga City Center Beaches
  • Torremolinos Beaches
  • Alcazaba de Malaga
  • Cathedral of Incarnation
  • Mtjana Square
  • Parks of Malaga
  • El Pedregaleju
  • Calle Larios
  • Museum of Pablo Picasso
  • Cafe tours / food tours , Spanish coastal houses and street tours
Perfect Beach Destination Malaga

Day Trips from Malaga

Book your Half Day trip/excursion to Caminito Del Ray.

Perfect Beach Destination Malaga

MADRID – 3 Days

The majestic capital of Spain with great architectures and exotic night-life. Book your city tour in Madrid by clicking this.

Majestic Madrid Attractions
Majestic Madrid Attractions

Worth visiting places in Madrid | Spain Itinerary

Majestic Madrid Attractions
Lake in Buen Retiro Park

Day Trips from Madrid 

Majestic Madrid Attractions
Majestic Madrid Attractions

Major International Airports

 Barcelona and Madrid

What to eat in Spain ?

Enjoy delicious tapas, Paella, Mediterranean cuisine in any Spanish type of restaurants. You can also enjoy traditional folk dances like Flamenco dance or Tap dance with your meals at many tapas bar. 

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  1. Spain can be explored by road trip also. For more information on a road trip in Spain read this Euro road Tripping around Spain.
  2. Check Ultimate Spain Packing list and know about what to pack for Spain vacay. 
  3. Explore old architecture in Seville and Madrid. Witness Columbus’s journey and discovering America starting port in Barcelona.
  4. Explore  natural trails at Camino de Santiago 
  5. Beaches and water activities in Malaga.
  6. Authentic Spanish cuisine – Paella & Tapas in a Spanish restaurant/cafe with their local music and Flamenco and Tap dance
  7. Street and Night life of Barcelona(La Rambla Street)
  8. Modern life of Madrid with palaces, museums, gardens, and shopping.
  9.  Souvenier shopping at La Rambla street of Barcelona
  10.  Football lovers can head to biggest clubs of football like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona
  11.  Handmade Pottery from Seville.
  12. Visit Northern Spain is equally beautiful with wineries and stunning Coastlines.
  13.  Read this about Best Travel BackPack for Europe to make your journey more comfortable.
  14. Know some facts about Spain.

There are many exotic Spanish islands which are also must visit places. for their beautiful landscapes, blue waters, and relaxed places. I would recommend Ibiza – famous for wild parties and Lanzarote – volcanic landscapes and a relaxed place.

Commuting in Spain | SPAIN ITINERARY | Planner for Spain Trip 

  • Hop On & Hop Off Buses or Public transport in Cities.
  • For intercity you can also rent a car and go from one city to another. Read more about Spain road trip
  • Internal flights is also another means to commute between major cities of Spain.
  • Intercity Trains to one city to another city by Renfe rail. International tourists can take Spain pass and can travel all around. Click here to book affordable train tickets in Europe. EN - 970x250
  • It is a pass only available for citizens resident in countries outside of Spain. It is strictly personal, nontransferable, and is only valid upon presentation of a passport or a residence certificate. Proof of citizenship can be established with a passport/identity card. Proof of residence can be established with government-issued residency documents.
  • Customers can choose Passes of 4, 6, 8 or 10 journeys, to be used within 1 month. Two modalities: Preferential or Tourist.
  • It is valid for all AVE Long Distance and Medium Distance trains (excluding couchettes). You choose the number of journeys you wish to make.
  • This pass is active for 6 months as from the date of issue and is valid for 1 month as from the date on which it is first validated for a journey.
  • A cancellation fee applies 24 hours after your purchase. No refund after the first journey.
  • To travel you must reserve a seat.
  • You must always carry on your Renfe Spain Pass and reservation. It can always be printed as needed.

Currency of Spain


Staying in Spain-

There are many Spanish villas converted into the hotel. So if you want to feel Spain and be like them then prefer those villas. They are kept into natural and traditional condition but with all facilities. Check my traditional Spanish villa stay by clicking here.

Spain has all types of beauty like Architecture,  Antique style of buildings,  Exotic Beaches, Natural Scenery,  Sporting Activities, Beautiful Roads, Cultural Tap Dances and Music, Authentic Food.


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    1. Thanks for loving photos.You should really plan for Spain as it is more beautiful than any photos or videos. Take this guide and plan your own trip

  1. Your post reminded me of how much we want to get back to Spain. We have seen a lot but have still missed some gems. It sure seems like we could re-visit Barcelona and do one or more day trips. Valencia is definitely on our list to visit. I love all the architecture in that part of Spain. And I would definitely be up to do a tapas tour! We have mixed memories from Malaga but you have reminded me that we missed a lot. Should give it a second chance. Thanks for adding some new spots.

  2. Wow, you’ve certinly crammed in a lot of highlights of Spain. It’s such an expansive country you could certainly spend months here exploring the country fully. So kudos to you for whittling down the best of the best. Out of your list, the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona is a must for anyone gonig to Spain. It’s stunning.

  3. It looks like there is so much to see in Spain! I’ve heard so many good things about Seville, and Malaga looks gorgeous too! Great pictures, I’d love to get over there myself! 🙂

  4. My family lived in Spain for 3 years and were fortunate to get to many of these spots. You have put together a GREAT itinerary even some things I still need to do!

    1. It is great that your family lived here for 3 years and have covered many major attractions. Thanks for liking this post.

  5. So beautiful!! Spain is so vibrant and I love the colors! Thank you so much for such an incredibly helpful guide. What would you say are the 3 things someone cannot miss when they visit Spain for the first time?

  6. The newly renovated port area in Malaga is also amazing and a great way to spend an afternoon, sipping sangria (or cafe con leche) and engaging in some people and boat watching. There’s a good number of shops and restaurants there including the famous Hard Rock Cafe! A great way to get around the city is to hire a scooter (you see them dotted all along the paths and roads available for hire) that way you can see so much more than you would if you tried to travel only by foot.

  7. A great informative post. I visited Barcelona briefly to visit the Sagrada Familia and will be returning in a few months, this time to Madrid and Seville. Spain is such an incredible place to visit and definately needs a few weeks to months to really explore it properly 🙂

  8. Wow, this is such a fabulously comprehensive guide to one of my favorite countries! My top two big cities are Madrid and Seville. But you really can’t go wrong with most places!

  9. What a fabulous itinerary with lots of choices to suit every individual’s taste! You just can’t go wrong in Spain with the culture and the food! Just loved flamenco in Seville!

  10. Spain has been on my bucket list ever since I watched the Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I mostly wanted to visit Barcelona and Madrid. However after going through this post I would like to explore Valencia, Seville and Malaga too. This itinerary is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Karie, the interiors of Spain are more worth than their cities as it has the actual Spanish charm, If you remember the scene of ZNMD where they went for sky diving, that was done near Seville, and even its famous Senorita song was shot in Seville.

  11. Lovely pictures of the Spanish cities! I’ve been to 4 of them already, only Valencia is missing. I hope I have the time to go there soon. The Spanish culture is so amazing, and the food is delicious!

  12. I have only visited Barcelona, and I’m in love with her ! The beaches, tapas and sangria are what will bring me back to Barcelona again ! Oh, I really enjoyed the Gaudi walking tour too, highly recommended if you want to learn more about Gaudi’s beautiful and quirky architectures !
    My friend has been convincing me to visit Seville ! And looking at your photos, especially the Walls of Alcazar, I think I really must visit some day ! Would be really awesome if I can catch a live flamenco dance show too ! =p

  13. I would love to visit Valencia and Seville, as I haven’t seen those yet and have wanted to go. Also, the day trips from Seville that you mentioned sound appealing. I like the idea of staying in a Spanish villa rather than a hotel next time I go too. Spain is such a vast country with so many fascinating aspects.

    1. Yes Tania, Spain is diverse and vast country and we cannot cover all at one time. I loved the Spanish cultural living. And I hope you would also love it.

  14. Would you believe I’ve been to Spain 9 times (with probably 7 of them being two week trips) and I haven’t been to Seville or Malaga? I want to go back to explore these cities. Your itinerary is very well laid out though and I would definitely have to do the Gibraltar day trip since I tried to do that from Morocco and it’s all but impossible!

    1. Oh you have been to Spain 9 times that is great. But I recommend next time, you plan for Seville or Madrid as they are splendid, you would love it.

  15. You can really cover quite a bit of Spain in 12 days! I have only ever been to Barcelona and it was nice, but I am eager to explore some of these other places you mentioned 🙂

  16. I done a lot of Spain but I have to admit out of all the cities, I didnt enjoy Barcelona and Madrid that much. I prefer the south of country where I think the food and culture is so much better (and beaches of course). 🙂

    1. I too agree, that southern Spain has many cultural activities and I love such quirky things which are best found in Seville and Malaga.

  17. Spain has been on my bucket list for a long time and I hope to visit it soon. This post had me feeling wanderlust about it! I love that each region of Spain has something unique to offer. While I’ve always wanted to visit Madrid and Barcelona, I have also been interested with Girona and Seville!

  18. My heart is in Spain, so thank you for this lovely reminder! You should also visit the north in Asturias, and the Basque country. From your list, Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are my favourites.

  19. Spain is an amazing country! I have visited Madrid and Valencia and loved them. The weather, culture and people are awesome. Barcelona, Malaga and Seville are on my bucket list. Your photos captured each city wonderfully! Continue exploring! 🙂

  20. Between Barcelona and Madrid you have some amazing and lovely pictures of being there. I love all of the sights that are there. And also would love that nice climate to go with it I am sure. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

  21. I’m in love with Barcelona’s Mediterranean climate. It is really an astounding place. It’s packed full of creative people, we tried to discover every nook and cranny of the winding old streets and experience the festivals or the day-trips during our last visit.

  22. I’m planning to go to Spain soon (fingers crossed). I will save this post for that time, it has so much important information and all the details. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  23. Wow….you really did get around to see so much of Spain. Such lovely photos and great, practical information you included for those wanting to go visit this lovely country. You certainly have me wanting to go and experience it all as well!

  24. You have taken some wonderful images of Spain especially the Flamenco dancers in Spain. You’ve been to so much of Spain, Valencia is a city I really want to visit. I would love to watch a Champions League game at either Barcelona or Madrid, maybe even Sevilla!

  25. Such stunning photos! My brother went to Spain recently and said it was amazing and this post only confirms that, going to have to get booking a holiday asap!

  26. I went to Sitges a few years ago and went on a day trip to Barcelona. It was so full of art and architecture that I could hardly bare to drag myself away after the day exploring. I also intend to visit Seville.

  27. Barcelona & Madrid are on my bucket list and these pics made me so motivated to go to Barcelona in October this year. I really liked the post so I am pinning it. 🙂

  28. We love spain, my inlaws have a couple of properties over there so we have spent a lot of time there over the years. We tend to visit Benalmadena or Mercia, gorgeous places to visit!

  29. Spain has been my fantasy and I wanna cover it very soon, rather it is in first 5 destinations I wanna cover in next 2 years. Loved Malaga specially with amazing photos.

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