8 days in Spain Itinerary

8 days in Spain Itinerary

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8 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Madrid
1
Madrid
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Barcelona
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Madrid

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then shop like a local with Cava Baja Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid attractions planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Madrid. In April, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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nights
Seville

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Delimbo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de España. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Un Gato en Bicicleta, then take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria Roja, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip maker app .

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in April since evenings lows in Seville dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Maspalomas.

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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Mogan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Amadores, and then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Maspalomas. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Dunas de Maspalomas, look for gifts at Compania de la Galleta, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Palmitos Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Maspalomas online trip builder .

Getting from Seville to Maspalomas by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Maspalomas. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Seville in April since evenings lows in Maspalomas dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

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Playa de Mogan, Compania de la Galleta, Playa de Amadores
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Dunas de Maspalomas ©
Dunas de Maspalomas
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores

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Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Maspalomas to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Maspalomas to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, Barcelona is a bit cooler than Maspalomas - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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