31 days in South of Spain Itinerary

31 days in South of Spain Itinerary

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31 days in South of Spain Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Malaga
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Granada
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ronda
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Cadiz
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Cordoba
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Seville
— 7 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Manila, Luzon

5
nights
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Get a sense of the local culture at Malaga Cathedral and Marbella Old Town. For shopping fun, head to Mercado Central de Atarazanas or Mahatma Showroom. Venture out of the city with trips to Nerja (Balcony of Europe, Nerja Book Centre, &more), Benalmadena (Parque De La Paloma & Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village)) and La Carihuela (in Torremolinos). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Gibralfaro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, take in the exciting artwork at Ifergan Collection, and steep yourself in history at Alcazaba.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Malaga day trip planning site.

Manila, Philippines to Malaga is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Malaga due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Malaga when traveling from Manila in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nerja, Marbella, Benalmadena, Rio Fuengirola Pedestrian Bridge, La Carihuela
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Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

5
nights
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alhambra and Albayzin. Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Chapel of Granada and Casa-Museo de Manuel de Falla. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces, contemplate the long history of Court of the Lions, and take an in-depth tour of Archive Saint John of God Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Granada day trip planner.

Drive from Malaga to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Granada, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) ©

5
nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Baños Arabes and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old City and Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto. Venture out of the city with trips to Riding Fun In The Sun (in Casares) and El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro (in El Chorro). The adventure continues: take in the views from Puente Nuevo, do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, examine the collection at Museo Lara, and step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Mondragon.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ronda day trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Ronda by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ronda, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cadiz.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Riding Fun In The Sun, El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Old City ©
Old City
Museo Lara ©
Museo Lara

3
nights
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado Central and Bodegas Tradicion. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Cadiz and Palacio del Virrey Laserna are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa de Zahara (in Zahara de los Atunes), Playa de Bolonia (in Tarifa) and Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia (in Bolonia). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Barrosa, stroll through Playa El Palmar, look for gifts at Ya En Tu Casa - El sabor de Andalucía, and see the interesting displays at Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cadiz trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Ronda to Cadiz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Ronda, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cadiz, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Cadiz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jerez De La Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, Playa de la Barrosa, Playa de Zahara
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Playa de Zahara ©
Playa de Zahara

3
nights
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra and Palacio de Viana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Casa de Sefarad. Change things up with a short trip to Castillo de Almodovar in Almodovar del Rio (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the views from Roman Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, and steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cordoba itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Cadiz to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cadiz in September, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Castillo de Almodovar
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Castillo de Almodovar ©
Castillo de Almodovar
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

7
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.
Head to Delimbo and Un Gato en Bicicletafor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Historico de Sevilla and Iglesia Colegial del Salvador. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Macarena, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seville trip planner.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Seville, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

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