From sun kissed mountains with landscaped hiking trails to calming Mediterranean for a lazy day by the beach, Spain has it all, plus the perfect weather almost throughout the year.
The food, the fiesta and the (in)famous siesta, I am in love with them’ll. Spain is the perfect destination for honeymooners, party mongers, adventure seekers and for families on vacation. Different cities have unique charm and based on what you are looking forward to doing on your trip, the itinerary can be customized.
A quick yet relaxing 1 week itinerary could include below cities, although if you are high on nightlife, you may skip Madrid and fly-in and out of Barcelona directly, so that you get to squeeze in Ibiza in you trip.
Day 1- Madrid (Fly In)
Stroll around Beun Retiro Park and check out the famous glass house, lunch near Peurta del Sol, quick visit to Real Madrid team’s home ground Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, saunter in Gran Via for shopping and finally hit the famous beer bars in the evening could be the best things to do in a day in Madrid. Spaniards dine late in evening, so you still have some time at hand to change in hotel and come out again to enjoy a nice terrace dinner with fine Rioja (superb red wine from Spain’s Rioja region) and just deliquesce yourself in the slow starry night.
High speed train network AVE running between major cities make for an easy journey across the country. Tickets can be booked at Renfe website http://www.renfe.com.
Atocha is the main train station in Madrid which also doubles up as an indoor botanical garden. Santa Justa is the main station in Seville and Barcelona Sants in Barca. While searching for trains between cities it is extremely important to filter the correct train station for particular city.
Day 2-3 Seville
Laid back evenings with entertainment and food was invented in Sevilla, I guess so. It is a romantically charged small European town with world’s famous Flamenco Dance bars, exceptional cuisine and great history to behold. Plus it is famous for ceramic plates, handicrafts and arts which are perfect to buy as collectibles.
A fun evening at Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos watching Flamenco dancers tap at the music while enjoying multiple glasses of Sangria is the best way to indulge in this part of the world.
Travel by Madrid – Seville AVE is the best and easiest with only 2.5 hours of run time.
Day 4-5 Marbella
Marbella is a municipality in the province of Málaga which is also the most populated town in southern Spain. You can reach Marbella via bus which runs frequently with travel time approx an hour. Avanza bus service is one among many good ones in this beautiful sea view route.
This coastal town in Spain’s Costa del Sol region is famous for its white washed houses and 23 beautiful beaches along a 27 km coastline (nice eh?) Perfect place for relaxing for honeymooners and families.
If you want some adventure, go for scuba diving tours in Málaga, Nerja caves, Benalmádena and many other sites along the Costa del Sol coast. All these place are just an hour or two drive from Marbella.
However, I feel 2 days is still short to explore and enjoy this picturesque coastline, and it’s best to squeeze in a few more days if you have time at disposal.
Day 6-7 Barcelona (Fly Out)
Barcelona needs no introduction. I think football has made this city into a household name across world, just like Messi or Pelé. Apart from football, Barcelona stands out as nightlife destination. Nor far is Ibiza, the ultimate party goers heaven, which can be squeezed into the itinerary with one extra day.
Visit to architectural wonder that is Sagrada Familia, light stroll in La Rambla, Park Güell and Gothic Quarter are just few highlights of this amazing city. Morning hike on Montjuïc hill is great for adventure seekers. It offers one of the best views of the vast ocean, the famous Barcelona port and world trade Center (WTC).
The cuisine in Barca is an impressive amalgamation of various Spanish styles – starting your day with tapas and coffee, enjoying pan cooked seas food Paella for lunch and finishing off with Gazpacho, Tortilla, wine and Turrón for dinner is simply satisfying.
Málaga – Barcelona AVE is the best option to reach Barca from Marbella. You can check out the AVE high speed connections within Spain here.
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Torre del Oro, Seville, is famous in history as the “Tower of Gold” where great explorer Columbus kept the gold he brought back from his American (or in his words… Indian) voyage.
Metropolis building in Gran Via, Madrid
Los Gallos Flamenco Bar in Seville
Bull fighting ring, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza in Seville
Puerta del Sol square, Madrid
Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain (view of Mediterranean from Fuerte Hotel). Isn’t it spectacular?