It’s impossible to see all of Spain in a single week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorable vacation! Spain is incredibly well-connected and you can easily rely on Renfe to get you where you need to go. Read on for a great 7-day itinerary to help you start planning your next trip!
Day 1&2: Madrid
Madrid will always hold a special place in my heart as the first city I ever visited in Spain. As far as big cities go, it’s definitely one of my favorites because it has a combination of old colonial mixed with laid-back vibes and modern culture. There’s tons to do here and you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Spend a day visiting locales like the National Museum, Royal Palace, and Plaza Mayor, then kick back in the evening with some sangria or a gin and tonic at one of Madrid’s many amazing places to eat.
Day 3&4: Granada
Madrid to Granada is around 5 hours by bus, so you may want to aim for a late night bus or train, or head out early in the morning. The distance is totally worth it though because Granada is gorgeous! Plan ahead to visit Alhambra, the fortified Moorish complex that sits high in the hills and overlooks the city. Alhambra is absolutely breath-taking and it offers some seriously dazzling views.
Day 5: Ronda
Luckily the distance between Granada and Ronda is quite short: only about 2 and ½ hours by train. You can roll into Ronda in the morning and really only need one day to enjoy this small, sleepy town. Walk to the old part of the city, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a hike down the mountainside for some stunning views of the dramatic gorge over which the city is built. At night you can dine in one of the restaurants overlooking the gorge—it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget!
Day 6: Córdoba
Córdoba is one of those cities that doesn’t take long to see, but leaves you wanting to settle in for a long while anyway. This city is probably most famous for the brightly colored flowerpots that decorate the balconies and walls of the town’s buildings, but there’s more to Córdoba than Instagrammable flowerpot moments! Check out the old Roman bridge which spans between two parts of the town, and set aside time to explore the iconic mosque-cathedral. It’s here that you’ll see a truly unique combination of Moorish and Christian cultures, and the mosque-cathedral is sure to take your breath away!
Day 7: Madrid
You’re on the last leg of your journey and it’s time to head back home! Take the train from Córdoba to Madrid (just over 2 hours), and, if you have time, do some last minute sight-seeing. Finish off your trip on a high note by watching the sunset from the restaurant on top of Círculo de Bellas Artes where you can get 360 views of the magical city.
What is your 7-day Spain itinerary like? Share your tips below in the comments section.