Spain in 10 days- a sample itinerary

The title itself is a misnomer. It is not possible to see Spain in 10 days. However, if that is all the time you have, then this is a sample of the itinerary from our trip in 2015.

Our itinerary was:

3 nights Barcelona

2 nights Villanueva del Rosario (in Andalucia)

2 nights Seville

3 nights Madrid

We still felt it was a rushed itinerary . I would have liked to spend more time exploring Andalucia , maybe a day more in Barcelona. But 10 days was the best we could do and obviously , while planning , I did not know I was going to fall in love with Andalucia!

We flew Mumbai – Barcelona with Qatar Airways and spent our first 3 days in Spain exploring this beautiful Catalan city. We walked down La Ramblas , cycled in the narrow streets of Barri Gotic, gawked at Gaudi’s Park Guell and Sagrada Familia and spent a few hours on the Barceloneta beach.

The stained glass windows of Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
The ceiling of Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s masterpiece
Las Ramblas
Souvenir shops along Las Ramblas

Then , we took a flight to Malaga and rented a car through Sixt to begin our Andalucian road trip. We chose Cortijo Sabila in the white village of Villanueva del Rosario as our base since it was an hour away from both Malaga and Granada.

We spent the next couple of days hiking the limestone rock formations of El Torcal , exploring the Alhambra palace and fortress in Granada and relaxing in the comforts of our hotel.

El torcal
El Torcal de Antequera
The Alhambra gardens

En-route to Seville , we stopped at Ronda for lunch. This is a small , beautiful town that is  built dramatically on top of a river gorge.

 

Seville is the biggest city in Andalucia and is famous for bullfighting and the Flamenco dance. It was terribly hot there , even in May the temperature was 32 degrees Celcius. We saw the Seville Cathedral , the largest in Spain and 3 rd largest in the world. We also enjoyed a very authentic flamenco performance at the Casa de la flamenco.

Seville cathedral
Rooftops of Seville

Our last stop was Madrid , the capital city. The royal palace is a major attraction and right next door , the Almudena Cathedral , where Crown Prince Felipe and princess Letizia were married. The Retiro park is an oasis in the middle of the bustling city and I could have spent a whole day there , with a book and a bottle of wine!

We spent hours looking at the amazing collection of paintings in Prado museum – there was also an exhibition of Picasso’s works there at the time, which we saw but could not relate to ( I think we are more into Renaissance art than modern art!). We also spent a whole evening sipping sangria and watching the world go by.

And the next day , we took a flight to begin our French adventures..

I think in 10 days we managed to see quite a bit of Spain – cities , towns , countryside. We traveled by flights, trains and car. We met a lot of local people and they were all friendly and helpful. We ate good food and had even better sangria. We saw churches , parks , museums, palaces. We walked a LOT , cycled quite a bit and did a few hours of hiking.

We did not visit northern Spain , though I’ve read that it is beautiful and completely different from southern Spain. So now , that’s on my travel wish-list along with a repeat visit to Andalucia.

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