Thinking of planning a trip to Spain? This 2 weeks in Spain Itinerary is the perfect Spain travel guide for spending 14 days in this charming country.
We extensively research about our upcoming trips and have started publishing our research and experiences through the medium of this blog, so that you can make the most of your trip.
This itinerary is based on our recent trip to Spain in the Spring, 2023. You can use it to plan your own trip or just as inspiration to visit Spain.
Here is the outline of our 2 weeks in Spain that includes major cities and some unconventional attractions as well:
- Day 1 – 2: Madrid
- Day 3 – 4: Seville
- Day 5: Cordoba
- Day 6: Malaga
- Day 7 – 8: Granada
- Day 9: Valencia
- Day 10 – 11: Ibiza
- Day 12 – 14: Barcelona
As you can see, we’re starting our Spain trip from Madrid. If you’re landing in Barcelona, you can start this 14 days Spain itinerary from Barcelona and follow the same order in reverse! We’ve taken the liberty of answering a couple of questions before diving into the itinerary.
How Many days in Spain is enough?
14 days is, in fact, the perfect time to visit Spain as it allows you to do justice to each of the locations and attractions mentioned in this itinerary.
If your goal is only to visit a couple of major cities like Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, a week shall be enough. If you plan on going for a road trip around Andalusia, 5 to 6 days should be enough. Whereas, if you’re flying from somewhere in Europe, a weekend in Ibiza is always refreshing.
But to do it all, 2 weeks is the perfect amount of time to you need in Spain!
How To Get Around Spain?
Spain is a superbly well connected country with an extensive and reliable transportation system. The quickest and the most convenient way to travel between cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga is by train. High speed trains run regularly between these cities and they’re great at saving time, so that you can spend more time site-seeing.
If you’re on a budget, buses are a much more economical option compared to trains, but they take more time. An advantage you can take is to book overnight buses between these cities. That way, you can not only save on transport but also a night’s accommodation!
Renting a car in Spain is another great option. If you’re traveling in a group and enjoy road trips, there isn’t a better country to do it than Spain. This allows you to enjoy the rural parts of Spain that you’ll as it is be passing through. Plus, it also gives you more control over what to see and where to stop.
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What is the best time to visit Spain?
The best time visit Spain is in the Shoulder season from April to May and September to November. The weather is great with Spring setting in April and the fall colours taking over from September. You shall also be able to avoid peak season crowds, sky-high prices and still enjoy all the outdoor activities.
June to August is the busiest season with warmer climates, sky-high prices and long queues at major attractions. A lot of people prefer this season, but in our experience, the crowds and the prices ruin the experience. A lot of festivals take place during this time, so if your goal is to witness one of those festivals, you need to make your bookings in advance to avoid paying premium prices.
Spain Itinerary Day 1 and 2: Madrid
We shall be starting our 14 days Spain itinerary from the capital of Spain, Madrid. Our flight reached Madrid in the early morning hours and hence, we were able to just drop our bags at our hotel, freshen up a bit and get out to check out the sights.
However, if you’re reaching Madrid later in the evening, we suggest you to start your two weeks in Spain from the next day. Use this day to get acclimatized to the city and recovering from a long flight by removing any jet-lag. You can go through our detailed 2 Days Madrid Itinerary to see everything in Madrid, but ensure that you visit the following major attractions.
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of the must-see attractions when visiting Spain’s capital city. This stunning palace, also known as Palacio Real, is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, although they mainly use it for official ceremonies.
The palace is located in the heart of Madrid and boasts an impressive collection of artworks, furniture, and historical artefacts. With over 3,000 rooms, it’s one of the largest palaces in Europe, and its architecture is a beautiful blend of baroque and classical styles.
You can take this highly rated guided tour of the palace and explore its many rooms and halls, including the throne room, banquet hall, and royal chapel. The palace also houses a museum that showcases the palace’s history, as well as a collection of musical instruments and weaponry.
Even if you don’t take a guided tour, make sure you buy a skip the line ticket in advance to avoid the exasperating long lines.
Be sure to take a stroll through the stunning gardens surrounding the palace, which offer fantastic views of the city. The gardens are also home to several fountains and statues, as well as a large pond with a monument to King Alfonso XII.
If you’re interested in catching the changing of the guard ceremony, be sure to visit the palace at noon on Wednesdays, when the royal guard parades through the palace courtyard.
Museo Nacional del Prado
The Museo Nacional del Prado, or the Prado Museum, is one of the most famous art museums in the world and a must-visit attraction in Madrid. It houses an extensive collection of Spanish and European art, dating back from the 12th century to the early 20th century.
Art lovers will be blown away by the impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art on display. The museum’s collection includes masterpieces by famous artists such as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and many others.
One of the most popular exhibits at the Prado is the collection of works by Francisco Goya, which includes his famous painting, “The Third of May 1808.” You will also admire the stunning Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, one of the most iconic paintings in Spanish art history.
Aside from the permanent collection, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing works from other museums and private collections.
You should plan to spend at least a few hours at the Prado, as there is a lot to see and take in. Book a ticket in advance to avoid lines, or even better, take this tour with an expert guide to understand the collections better.
Plaza Mayor is a historic and vibrant square located in the heart of Madrid. It’s one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations and a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to the Spanish capital.
The square dates back to the 17th century and has been the site of many important events in Madrid’s history. It’s surrounded by beautiful buildings with striking architecture, many of which have balconies overlooking the square.
Take a leisurely stroll through the square and soak up the lively atmosphere, with street performers, artists, and vendors selling everything from souvenirs to traditional Spanish foods.
The centerpiece of the square is the statue of King Philip III. The statue is a popular spot for taking photos and offers great views of the surrounding buildings.
The plaza is also home to several restaurants and cafes, making it a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat while enjoying the ambiance of this historic square.
Whether you’re looking to soak up some Spanish culture, take in some street performances, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll, this square has something for everyone.
El Retiro Park
El Retiro Park is one of Madrid’s most beautiful and popular public parks, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing day surrounded by nature and Spanish culture.
The park is home to several stunning gardens, fountains, and statues, as well as a large lake where visitors can rent rowboats and pedal boats. The Crystal Palace, a beautiful glass structure, is also located within the park and hosts various art exhibitions throughout the year.
One of the most popular attractions in the park is the Rosaleda rose garden, which features over 4,000 roses in a variety of colors and species. Stroll through the garden, taking in the fragrant blooms and stunning scenery.
The park also has several walking and cycling paths, making it the perfect place for a morning jog or a leisurely bike ride. There are also several playgrounds and open spaces, which is a godsent if you’re visiting Spain with children.
Throughout the year, El Retiro Park hosts various cultural events and festivals, including music concerts, art exhibitions, and theater performances. If you get a chance, feel free to attend one of these events. They offer a great opportunity to experience Spanish culture and connect with locals.
Those were the must-see attractions in Madrid. For a more detailed guide, check out our 2 Days Madrid itinerary for more details on visiting the Spanish capital.
After spending your first two days getting acquainted with Spanish culture and history, take an overnight bus to reach the charming city of Seville, the home-base for visiting Andalusia. Check out bus ticket prices here.
Spain Itinerary Day 3 and 4: Seville
Seville is our favorite city in Spain after Barcelona. Its beautiful gardens, the free flamenco shows on the street and the plethora food options make Seville an absolute must in any Spain itinerary.
As explained above, you can make Seville a base for taking day trips to the rest of Andalusia in case you don’t wish to check in and out of hotels. Or, you can do what we did and rent a car on you last day and make it a road trip like no other!
Whichever option you choose, ensure that you witness at least one flamenco show and visit the following major attractions of Seville. Check out our detailed 2 Days Seville Itinerary for a day-wise schedule you should follow!
Plaza de Espania
Plaza de España is a stunning public square of Seville.. It’s a popular tourist destination and a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to this beautiful city.
The square was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition and features a stunning mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture. The main building, a semi-circular structure with a central tower, features beautiful tiles and ornate decorations, making it one of the most iconic buildings in Seville. We absolutely oved these tile decorations!
Take a leisurely stroll through the square, admiring the beautiful buildings and fountains. The square is surrounded by a moat and several bridges, adding to its charm and uniqueness. These days, you can also go boating in the moat!
The square also features several benches where visitors can sit and take in the stunning scenery. There are also several small cafes and vendors selling souvenirs and snacks, making it a great place to relax and people-watch.
One of the most unique features of Plaza de España is its use in popular culture, having been featured in several movies, including Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.
Royal Alcazar de Seville
The Royal Alcazar of Seville is a stunning palace complex located in the heart of Seville. It’s one of the oldest royal palaces in Europe and an absolutely must-visit attraction.
The palace complex was originally built by the Moors in the 10th century and has been expanded and renovated by various Spanish monarchs over the centuries. The result is a stunning mix of architectural styles, with influences from Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque design.
Buy a skip the line ticket or take this amazing guided tour of the palace complex, admiring the intricate tilework, ornate decorations, and stunning gardens. The palace features several courtyards, including the famous Courtyard of the Maidens, which is surrounded by arches and features a central pool.
The palace complex also features several stunning gardens, including the Gardens of the Alcazar, which are filled with fountains, pools, and exotic plants. Taking a leisurely stroll through the gardens, admiring the stunning scenery and the peaceful atmosphere was one of our most favorite things to do in Seville.
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, The Royal Alcazar of Seville is the palace where the set of Dorne was filmed and the beautiful garden in which the young couple (prince and princess) walks, is the same one that you’ll be strolling in!
Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of architecture, a GoT fan or simply looking for a peaceful escape, this palace complex has something for everyone.
Cathedral de Seville
The Cathedral of Seville, also known as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, is a stunning Gothic cathedral located in the heart of Seville, Spain. It’s one of the largest cathedrals in the world and should not be missed while visiting Seville.
The cathedral was built on the site of a former mosque and features a stunning mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It’s home to several impressive features, including the Giralda bell tower, which was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period.
We recommend buying a skip the line ticket for the cathedral and Giralda tower, for admiring the intricate carvings, stained glass windows, and stunning chapels. One of the most famous chapels is the Capilla Mayor, which is home to a stunning altarpiece designed by Flemish artist Pieter Paul Rubens.
Another highlight of the cathedral is the tomb of Christopher Columbus, which is located in the north transept of the cathedral. You can pay your respects to the famous explorer (a wanderer such as yourself) and take in the stunning art and architecture of the surrounding area.
The Giralda bell tower is also a must-visit attraction, offering stunning views of the city from its top. You can climb the tower via a series of ramps, which were originally designed for the muezzin to ride up on horseback during the call to prayer.
A really great value for money investment, if you’re planning to visit the cathedral, the Giralda tower and the Alcazar, is this combined guided tour that not only saves money but also time!
Plaza de Toros
The Plaza de Toros, also known as the Bullring of Seville, is a historic bullfighting arena located in the heart of Seville, Spain. It’s one of the oldest and most important bullfighting arenas in Spain, with a rich history and cultural significance.
The bullring was built in the 18th century and features stunning Neo-Mudéjar architecture. Visitors can take a guided tour of the arena, learning about the history and cultural significance of bullfighting in Spain, as well as admiring the stunning architecture and decorations.
The bullfighting season in Seville typically runs from April to September, with several important bullfighting festivals taking place during this time, including the Feria de Abril. During these festivals, the plaza comes alive with music, dancing, and celebrations, as locals and tourists alike gather to witness the spectacle of bullfighting.
For those who are interested in the sport of bullfighting, attending a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, it’s important to note that bullfighting is a controversial sport, with many people (including ourselves) expressing concerns about the welfare of the bulls involved.
We don’t support the sport so we didn’t witness a bullfight here, however, we love the history and architecture, so we took this amazing guided tour of the bull ring.
Spain Itinerary Day 5: Cordoba
On Day 5 of your Spain itinerary, visit the cultural town of Cordoba. There are trains running regularly from Seville to Cordoba, and the journey only takes about 45 minutes. Once you’re in Cordoba, you can easily walk around the town center and see all the sights.
While it is possible to rent a car and drive to Cordoba, we don’t necessarily recommend it, especially if you’re not used to driving in Spain or in cities with narrow streets. Parking in Cordoba can also be a bit of a hassle, especially in the old town where many of the main attractions are located. All major parking garages are located outside the old town.
If you like organized day trips where everything is taken care of from transportation to sight-seeing, we recommend this amazing Day Trip to Cordoba from Seville.
Cordoba is famous for its old town, which is full of narrow streets, patios, and courtyards. You can spend hours wandering around the streets, getting lost and discovering new things.
We recommend spending at least a full day there to really get a feel for the town and see everything it has to offer, especially the attractions listed below.
Mosque Cathedral of Cordoboa
The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Mezquita-Catedral, is one of the most unique and fascinating landmarks in Spain. Located in the heart of the historic city of Córdoba, the mosque-cathedral is a symbol of the city’s rich cultural and religious history.
Originally built in the 8th century as a mosque, the building features a stunning mix of Moorish and Christian architecture, reflecting the complex history of the region. The mosque was expanded and renovated over the centuries, with the addition of new arches, chapels, and decorative features.
In the 13th century, the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral, with the addition of new chapels, altars, and religious artwork. Despite these changes, many of the original features of the mosque were preserved, including the stunning horseshoe arches, ornate mihrab, and peaceful courtyard.
We recommend taking this elaborative guided tour of the mosque-cathedral, admiring the stunning architecture and learning about the history and significance of the building. One of the highlights of the tour is the stunning Mihrab, a niche in the wall that indicates the direction of Mecca and is decorated with intricate geometric patterns and calligraphy.
Another highlight is the Bell Tower, which offers stunning views of the city from its top. Climb the tower and take in the stunning vistas of the surrounding area, including the old town of Córdoba and the nearby Guadalquivir River.
Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs
The Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs, located in the city of Córdoba, Spain, is a stunning palace complex that has played an important role in the city’s history for centuries. The complex was originally built in the 14th century by King Alfonso XI of Castile, and has since been used as a royal residence, a military fortress, and a prison.
The palace complex features a mix of Gothic, Mudéjar, and Renaissance architecture, reflecting the diverse cultural influences that have shaped the region over the centuries. Explore the palace’s gorgeous gardens, courtyards, and fountains, as well as the impressive towers and walls that surround the complex.
One of the highlights of the Alcázar is the impressive Hall of Mosaics, which features intricate and colorful tile work that dates back to the 14th century. You can also explore the palace’s magnificent collection of Roman mosaics, which were discovered in the area and later incorporated into the palace’s design.
In addition to its captivating architecture and artwork, the Alcázar has played an important role in Spanish history, serving as a meeting place for important political figures and playing a role in the Spanish Inquisition.
You can learn all about the palace’s rich history through detailed guided tours like this one and exhibits, which highlight the palace’s various uses and occupants over the centuries.
Roman Bridge of Cordoba
The Roman Bridge of Córdoba is an iconic landmark in the city of Córdoba, Spain, and a testament to the region’s rich history and cultural heritage. The bridge spans the Guadalquivir River and dates back to the 1st century AD, when it was built by the Romans to connect the city with other parts of the region.
The bridge is made of stone and features a series of arches, which are supported by sturdy pillars and decorated with beautiful carvings and designs. Walk across the bridge and take in the breathtaking views of the river and surrounding landscape, as well as admire the intricate details of the bridge’s construction and design.
One of the highlights of the Roman Bridge is its proximity to the iconic Mezquita-Catedral, which is located just a short walk from the bridge. Take in stunning views of the mosque-cathedral from the bridge, and explore the surrounding area, which is filled with shops, restaurants, and other attractions.
Spend the rest of the day in Cordoba exploring its narrow lanes and beautiful architecture or discover new places in the Jewish quarter. Return back to your hotel in Seville for the night.
💡Pro Tip: A great way to see the entire city and all its highlights is this amazing guided tour of Cordoba which includes all of the above attractions, entry tickets, services of a professional local guide and it costs a lot cheaper compared to visiting these locations individually! Check this tour out here!
Spain Itinerary Day 6: Malaga Via Colomares Castle
On Day 6 of your Spain itinerary, rent a car and head to Malaga. We recommend renting a car because en route Malaga, is a hidden gem that no Spain itinerary covers – the Colomares Castle. If you don’t rent a car, you’ll either miss visiting this sensational castle or will have to take a lot of buses between cities.
You can make this a day trip or you can stay overnight in Malaga, like we did. The next stops in our Spain itinerary were locate ahead and involved a car, hence there was no point of going back to Seville.
You should target visiting the following great attractions of Andalusia by the end of the day, before relaxing into the vibe of the beach town of Malaga.
The Colomares Monument is a unique and intriguing monument located in the town of Benalmádena, Spain, which pays homage to the life and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus. The monument was designed and built by Dr. Esteban Martín, a Spanish doctor and artist, and features a mix of Gothic, Byzantine, and Mudéjar architectural styles.
The monument is located on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and includes a series of intricate sculptures, mosaics, and other artistic elements that depict scenes from Columbus’s life and travels. Explore the various levels and sections of the monument, which include a chapel, a crypt, and a series of terraces and gardens.
One of the highlights of the Colomares Monument is the stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea from its hilltop location. Take in panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding landscape, as well as admire the intricate details and craftsmanship of the monument’s construction.
It is easily one of our most favorite discoveries during our trip to Spain not only because of the grandeur of the monument but also because not a lot of tourists are aware about it yet! Plan your trip to this beauty of a monument in the morning and you’ll thank us for this recommendation.
The Alcazaba is a stunning Moorish fortress located in the heart of Malaga. The fortress dates back to the 11th century and is a testament to the rich cultural heritage and history of the region.
It is situated on a hilltop overlooking the city and the Mediterranean Sea, and features a series of intricately designed gardens, courtyards, and buildings that are connected by a chain of winding paths and staircases. Explore the various sections of the fortress, including the Palace of the Moorish Kings, the Tower of Homage, and the Gardens of the Adarve.
One of the highlights of the Alcazaba is its stunning views of the city. It literally imposes over the entire city! Take in panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the port of Malaga, and the nearby mountains, as well as admire the intricate details and designs of the fortress’s architecture.
A guided tour like this one shall help you admire the fortress better with historical stories and references that a regular visit shall fail to provide.
Cathedral de la Encarnacion
The Cathedral of the Incarnation, also known as the Malaga Cathedral, is a magnificent Renaissance-style cathedral. It was constructed over the course of more than two centuries, from the 16th to the 18th century, and features a unique blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles.
One of the most striking features of the Malaga Cathedral is its impressive façade, which features a number of intricately designed sculptures and reliefs depicting scenes from the Bible and Christian history. Explore the interior of the cathedral, which features a soaring nave, beautiful stained glass windows, and a number of ornate chapels and altars.
Another highlight of the Malaga Cathedral is its beautiful bell tower, which stands at over 80 meters tall and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Climb the tower to take in these breathtaking views and admire the intricate details and craftsmanship of the tower’s construction.
Post sightseeing, immerse yourself in the fun vibe of Malaga and have dinner at one of the many beach side restaurants. Go for a walk on the beach or just enjoy a glass of vine with some Tapas, as we have a rather busy day planned for the next day.
Spain Itinerary Day 7 and 8: Granada
Wake up early on Day 7 of your Spain itinerary and drive to our last stop in Andalusia, Granada. We recommend that you spend 2 days in Granada as your first entire day shall go in exloring the Alhambara, which is located outside the city.
On the second day, explore all the other great monuments scattered around the old town of Granada and explore the labyrinth of streets and charming squares.
The Alhambra is a breathtaking palace and fortress complex perched up on a hill in the outskirts of Granada. The complex dates back to the 13th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its stunning architecture, intricate designs, and rich history.
The complex features a number of different sections, including the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba fortress, and the Generalife gardens. Explore the various buildings and structures, including the famous Court of the Lions, the Hall of the Ambassadors, and the stunning gardens filled with fountains, pools, and lush vegetation.
A great feature of the Alhambra is its intricate decorative details, including the stunning arabesques, stucco work, and elaborate tile patterns that adorn the walls, ceilings, and floors of the various buildings. Visitors can also admire the panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains from various viewpoints within the complex.
Buy a fast track entry ticket like this one in advance to ensure that you don’t waste any time in lines. It is always a great idea to take a highly rated guided tour like this one when visiting something as iconic as the Alhambara.
The Generalife is a beautiful palace and garden complex located within the Alhambra complex. Originally built as a summer palace for the Nasrid rulers of Granada, the Generalife features majestic gardens, fountains, and architecture that blend together to create a truly enchanting atmosphere.
These gardens are among the most beautiful and well-preserved examples of Islamic gardens in the world, featuring lush vegetation, fruit trees, and carefully sculpted hedges that provide a serene and peaceful atmosphere. Stroll through the gardens, taking in the captivating sights and sounds of the various fountains and pools that are scattered throughout.
In addition to the gardens, the Generalife also features a number of beautiful buildings and structures, including the Palace of the Generalife, which was used by the Nasrid rulers for relaxation and entertainment. The palace features detailed stucco work, beautifully carved wooden ceilings, and a number of beautiful courtyards and gardens.
Whether you’re a lover of architecture, gardening, or natural beauty, the complex is a unique and unforgettable destination that should not be missed. Your fast-track Alhambara ticket shall include access to the Generalife gardens and the Nasrid palaces as well.
Churches and Monastaries in Granada
Apart from Alhambara, Granada is home to several other historic churches and monasteries, each with its own unique history and architecture. Here are a few of the most notable ones:
Granada Cathedral: This impressive cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Granada. Construction on the cathedral began in the 16th century and continued for over 180 years, resulting in a unique blend of Renaissance, Baroque, and Gothic architecture. The cathedral is home to a number of beautiful artworks and religious relics, including a painting by Diego Velázquez.
Monastery of San Jerónimo: This 16th-century monastery is located just outside the city walls of Granada and is renowned for its beautiful Renaissance architecture. The monastery’s church features an impressive altarpiece and several beautiful chapels, while the cloister is decorated with beautiful frescoes.
Basilica de San Juan de Dios: This impressive church is located in the heart of Granada and is dedicated to Saint John of God. The church features a beautiful Baroque façade and is home to several important artworks, including a painting of the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence.
Monastery of Santa Isabel la Real: This beautiful monastery was founded in the 16th century and is known for its stunning Mudejar architecture. The monastery’s church features beautiful coffered ceilings, intricate tilework, and several beautiful altarpieces.
We recommend that you visit these places on your second day in Granada. If you’re already churched out by now and don’t wish to visit a lot of historical monuments, you can check out the happening nightlife. It’s not all architecture and buildings in Granada. Here’s an insider tip to party like locals.
💡Insider Tip: Visit the lively Sacromonte neighborhood. An area full of cave bars, restaurants and flamenco shows. Very few tourists and travel blogs know about this as only locals are aware of this secret gem.
Spain Itinerary Day 9: Valencia
We recommend that you return your rental car in Granada and take a highspeed train to reach the next destination in our 14 days Spain itinerary, Valencia.
First of all, the town itself is gorgeous. It’s situated right on the Mediterranean Sea, so there are stunning beaches and marinas to explore. But the real charm of Valencia lies in its old town, which is full of narrow streets, colorful buildings, and charming squares. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Modernist styles, and there are plenty of museums, galleries, and historic buildings to discover.
As for the vibe of the town, we believe it’s a perfect mix of lively and laid-back. There’s always something going on, whether it’s a street performance, a festival, or a lively restaurant or bar. But at the same time, there are plenty of quiet corners and hidden spots where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere.
We only had a day in Valencia but with smart planning and a couple of great tours, we were able to see a good deal of it and that too on a budget! Here’s a tip for you to do the same.
💡Pro Budget Tip: During our trip to Valencia, we arrived early in the morning and leaving for Ibiza at night. Hence, in our case, it didn’t make sense to book a hotel room just to store our luggage. So instead, we stored our luggage through this amazing company called Radical Storage. They are reliable, reputed and have a lot of storage locations all around Europe. It cost us barely €5 per bag for the entire day. This allowed us to save money on hotel accommodation and also the freedom to explore Valencia.
After you’ve deposited your luggage, head out to explore Valencia and ensure that you see the following major attractions and hog on some Paella!
City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique and futuristic complex that is dedicated to promoting science, culture, and the arts. Designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the complex is located at the end of the former riverbed of the Turia River, which has been transformed into a lush park.
The complex features several impressive buildings, each with its own unique design and purpose. The most iconic building is the Hemisfèric, which is a stunning IMAX cinema and planetarium that resembles a giant eye. Another notable building is the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, which features interactive exhibits and displays that showcase the wonders of science and technology.
Other buildings in the complex include the Oceanogràfic, which is the largest aquarium in Europe and home to a diverse array of marine life. This is an amazing place if you’re visiting Spain with kids. Book your tickets in advance here to avoid wasting the little time you have in Valencia.
Lastly, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is a world-class opera house that features a stunning glass and metal design.
Whether you’re interested in learning about the wonders of the universe, exploring the mysteries of the ocean, or simply taking in the breathtaking architecture, there’s something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind complex.
The Valencia Cathedral, also known as the Saint Mary’s Cathedral, is a beautiful and historic church located in Valencia’s Old Town.
Construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century and continued for several centuries, resulting in a unique blend of architectural styles. The cathedral features a Gothic façade with intricate carvings and sculptures, and an impressive bell tower, known as the Miguelete, which offers stunning views of the city.
Inside, the cathedral is equally impressive, with a beautifully decorated interior that includes works by famous artists such as Goya and Jacomart. The most notable feature of the cathedral is the Holy Chalice, which is believed to be the cup used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper.
The Valencia Cathedral is not just a place of worship but also a museum that houses many treasures from Valencia’s rich history. Explore the cathedral’s various chapels, admire the stunning stained-glass windows, and learn about the cathedral’s history through guided tours.
The Valencia Central Market, also known as the Mercado Central, is a vibrant and bustling marketplace located in the heart of Valencia. It is one of the largest and oldest markets in Europe, dating back to the 19th century, and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.
The market features an impressive modernist building with a colorful tiled façade and a large central dome. Inside, you can find a vast array of fresh produce, meats, seafood, and other local delicacies. The market is particularly renowned for its fresh fruits and vegetables, which are sourced from the surrounding farms and orchards of Valencia.
Aside from the food, the market is also a great place to soak up the local atmosphere and learn about Valencian culture. You can watch the bustling activity of the vendors and haggle for bargains, or simply sit back and enjoy a coffee or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice at one of the market’s many cafés.
Whether you’re a foodie looking to sample some of the best local produce or simply looking to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, the Valencia Central Market is definitely worth a visit.
💡Pro tip: A great decision we took while visiting Valencia was to book this amazing city highlights bike tour (⭐4.6/5). It not only introduced us to the major highlights of the city but also took care of transportation and provided an expert local guide in doing so. It’s the most efficient way of getting a feel of the city if you’re shot on time in Valencia like we were.
After enjoying your efficient 12 hour trip to Valencia, collect your luggage from Radical Storage partners and board your ferry for our next destination, Ibiza. Book your ferry tickets here as they often get sold out or get super expensive.
Spain Itinerary Day 10 and 11: Ibiza
After spending the first 9 days absorbing all the culture and architectural marvels of Spain, spend the Day 10 and Day 11 of your Spain itinerary in paradise. We’re talking about the party capital of the world, Ibiza. It’s the perfect time during your 14 days Spain vacation to chill at the beach, party in one of the many beach clubs or explore the island towns while sipping on some Sangria.
If you’re not a party animal and would prefer something a little more peaceful or if you’re traveling to Spain with kids, we recommend that you spend these 2 days in Mallorca instead of Ibiza.
For everyone else, Ibiza is the perfect place, as it is well-connected with Valencia as well as Barcelona, which are the two destinations that flank Ibiza in our 14 days Spain itinerary. Ensure that you do the following to make the most of your time in Ibiza.
Beach Clubs and Parties
Ibiza is world-renowned for its incredible beach clubs and parties, which draw in thousands of visitors from all over the world each year. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away to the latest beats or relax in style by the pool with a cocktail in hand, Ibiza’s beach clubs have something for everyone.
The island boasts a wide range of beach clubs, from laid-back venues with a chilled-out vibe to high-energy clubs that are open until dawn. Many of the clubs are located right on the beach, offering magical views of the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the most famous beach clubs in Ibiza is Ocean Beach Ibiza, which offers a luxurious poolside experience with a host of VIP services. Another popular club is Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, known for its incredible stage productions and top DJs. Other popular spots include Blue Marlin, Nikki Beach, and Ibiza Rocks.
In addition to the beach clubs, Ibiza is also famous for its legendary parties. The island is home to some of the world’s best clubs, such as Pacha, Amnesia, and Privilege, which host top DJs and performers throughout the summer season. The parties in Ibiza are truly unforgettable, with high-energy beats and a hedonistic atmosphere that draws in party-goers from all over the world.
An amazing idea for a party is to opt for a legendary boat party like this one or go cool ibeach-hopping boat cruise! This boat cruise that we went on takes you to the most secluded beaches in Ibiza, includes unlimited food and drinks, has paddle boards, boat jumping, snorkelling gear and water toys to guarantee an amazing party experience. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than any other party destinations on the island!
Explore Old Town Ibiza
Exploring the charming Old Town of Ibiza, also known as Dalt Vila, is a unique experience for anyone visiting the island. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a rich history and a unique character that reflects its mix of cultures and influences.
As you wander through the narrow streets and alleys of the Old Town, you’ll be transported back in time, with stunning medieval architecture, ancient walls, and picturesque plazas. The town is full of hidden gems and surprises, from quaint cafes and artisan shops to art galleries and museums.
One of the most iconic landmarks in the Old Town is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a stunning Gothic-style church that dates back to the 13th century. You can also visit the Necropolis del Puig des Molins, a fascinating burial site that features over 3,000 tombs dating back to the Phoenician era.
For incredible views of the island and the Mediterranean Sea, head to the top of the Old Town, where you’ll find the imposing fortress of Castell d’Eivissa. The fortress offers breathtaking panoramic views and is an ideal spot to watch the sunset over the horizon.
Throughout the Old Town, you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants serving up delicious local cuisine, such as fresh seafood, traditional paella, and other Mediterranean specialties. With its vibrant atmosphere, stunning architecture, and rich history, we highly recommend the Old Town of Ibiza if you’re looking to experience the unique charm and culture of the island outside the parties.
Cova de Can Marca
The hidden gem on the island of Ibiza. Cova de Can Marçà is a spectacular natural cave located on the northern side of the island of Ibiza. This cave has a fascinating history, as it was used by smugglers during the 18th and 19th centuries to hide their contraband goods from the authorities.
You can explore the cave and learn about its history and geological features through this guided tour. The tour takes you on a journey through the various chambers of the cave, with highlights including the stunning stalactites and stalagmites formations, an underground lake, and a waterfall.
The cave is illuminated with colorful lights, creating an enchanting atmosphere that enhances the natural beauty of the cave
In addition to the cave itself, the surrounding area is also worth exploring. The cave is located in a picturesque cove, surrounded by cliffs and lush vegetation. There are several walking trails in the area that offer stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Spend your two days in Ibiza partying, eating in the quaint cafes of the old town, exploring the hidden caves and going on boat parties. Once done, take an overnight ferry to Barcelona, the final destination and the perfect place to end our 14 days Spain itinerary. Check out ferry prices here!
Spain Itinerary Day 12, 13, 14: Barcelona
Barcelona is the perfect destination to either start or end your 2 weeks Spain trip. As explained above, you can either take an over-night ferry from Ibiza which takes about 8-9 hours, perfect to recover from all that partying. If you’re short on time, you can take a flight that generally takes only an hour.
Once in Barcelona, you’ll fall in love with the charm of the city. It is an architecture’s dream with everything from narrow streets and buildings of the gothic quarter to the extravagant grandeur of the all the Gaudi buildings.
Barcelona has a really laid-back atmosphere that’s perfect for walking around and exploring. The locals are friendly, the weather is usually sunny and warm, and there’s always something going on. You can spend hours just wandering around the city and discovering new things.
And of course, there’s the food. Barcelona is known for its incredible food scene, with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to street food stalls. You have to try some of the local specialties, like paella, patatas bravas, and of course, tapas and Sangrias.
Check out our dedicated blog post for spending 3 days in Barcelona and have the time of your life exploring this magnificent city. Don’t miss out on the following must-see attractions of Barcelona.
The Sagrada Familia is a world-famous basilica located in the city of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí and has been under construction since 1882.
The basilica is a masterpiece of modernist architecture and is renowned for its towering spires, intricate facades, and stunning stained glass windows. The interior of the basilica is equally impressive, with soaring columns and a ceiling that seems to reach to the heavens.
One of the highlights of a visit to the Sagrada Familia is the opportunity to climb to the top of one of its towering spires. From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city of Barcelona and the surrounding countryside.
Please note that the Sagrada Familia is an extremely popular attraction and can get very crowded, especially during peak tourist season. We recommend you to purchase these skip the line tickets in advance to avoid long lines or you can also opt for this amazing guided tour with reserved entrance to understand the beauty and history of the building.
Park Guell is another one of Gaudi’s creations and is a public park located in the Gracia district, It is known for its colorful mosaics, unique sculptures, and breathtaking views of the city.
The park was originally intended to be a housing development, but it was ultimately converted into a public park in the early 20th century. Today, it is a popular tourist destination and is known for its unique architecture and beautiful natural surroundings.
One of the highlights of a visit to Park Guell is the opportunity to explore Gaudi’s signature style of architecture, which incorporates organic shapes, vivid colors, and whimsical details. The park is home to several buildings, terraces, and walkways that showcase Gaudi’s distinctive style and creativity.
You can also enjoy stunning views of the city from various vantage points within the park. The park is situated on a hill overlooking Barcelona and offers panoramic views of the cityscape and the Mediterranean Sea.
Explore Gaudi’s Other Architectural Marvels
As you might have noticed, Barcelona is home to several architectural masterpieces designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. In addition to Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia, here are a few other notable Gaudi landmarks worth exploring:
Casa Batllo – Located on Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batllo is a residential building designed by Gaudi that is known for its colorful façade and unique sculptural features. (Tickets)
Casa Mila (La Pedrera) – Another residential building designed by Gaudi, Casa Mila is located on the corner of Passeig de Gracia and Carrer de Provenca. The building features a distinctive undulating stone façade and a unique rooftop terrace. (Tickets)
Palau Guell – Located near the famous street of Las Ramblas, Palau Guell is a mansion designed by Gaudi that was once the home of a wealthy businessman. It is known for its unique use of materials, such as wrought iron and wood, and its stunning rooftop terrace.
These landmarks offer a glimpse into Gaudi’s unique style and creativity, showcasing his mastery of organic shapes, vibrant colors, and unusual details.
La Rambla is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona and a must-visit for any traveler. It is a vibrant pedestrian promenade that stretches for 1.2 kilometers through the heart of the city, from Plaça de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
As you stroll down La Rambla, you’ll encounter street performers, artists, flower and bird stalls, and countless shops, bars, and restaurants. Be sure to stop at La Boqueria, the city’s most famous food market, where you can sample local delicacies and soak up the bustling atmosphere.
At the southern end of La Rambla, you’ll find the Christopher Columbus Monument and the harbor area, where you can take a boat tour or simply enjoy the sea breeze.
There are a ton of different things to do in Barcelona apart from the ones mentioned above. Be sure to check out our detailed 3 Days Barcelona Itinerary for a day-wise itinerary with hidden gems, day trips and rich experiences.
In a Nutshell
That brings us to the end of our amazing 14 days itinerary of Spain. We have covered everything from the Majestic metropolis of Madrid, the country charm of Andalusia, the party scenes of Ibiza and the cultural heritage of Barcelona. We hope this Spain itinerary helps you plan the perfect 2 weeks in Spain or at least inspires you to visit Spain in the near future. If we were successful in doing so, please let us know in the comments below. If you have more questions regarding the same, feel free to ask them as well. We’d get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.