Your Ultimate Spain Itinerary 10 Days – 3 Amazing Itineraries through Spain

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Spain is a beautiful country – no wonder I packed my bags after my first trip through Spain and even moved to this beautiful country in the south of Europe. 10 days in Spain are far from enough to discover all the amazing places that Spain has to offer. In spite of everything, you can get a small and exciting impression of this sunny country on a 10-day trip to Spain. For this reason, we have put together 3 amazing Spain Itineraries that help you see the best of Spain in 10 days.

You can personalize this tour even further so that it fits perfectly with your ideas and becomes your ultimate Spain itinerary 10 days. You’ll also find some helpful tips to help you plan a wonderful and memorable Spain vacation.

How to plan your 10 days in Spain

If you want to travel to Spain, it may be worthwhile to start planning early (at least before arriving). Various factors should be decided before the trip. In this section, we introduce you to the most important aspects that you need for planning your Spain travel itinerary for 10 days.

Best time to visit Spain

Spain is definitely a great destination to visit in any season. Depending on which place you visit and what you want to experience, the season you choose for your trip can make a big difference. It is usually sunny all year long. The Canary Islands also offer year-round beach vacation opportunities (but this article is only about trips through the mainland of Spain). In some parts of the country, you can even go skiing in the winter.

In general, the summers in Spain can get hot, while the winters are rather mild in most areas compared to Central Europe. For us, therefore, the best travel time is late spring to early fall. But take in mind that it can be very crowded in summer and very hot, especially in the south.


If you are planning a round trip, you should also consider how to get from A to B before you arrive in the country. In Spain, there are different possibilities.

Bus and train

Public transport in Spain is usually very well equipped and will take you (almost) everywhere. There are traditional and high-speed trains (AVE). But there is also a cheaper way to get to your destination – with a long-distance bus. In addition to the German company Flixbus, the Spanish bus company ALSA is probably the most popular and largest provider. You can get tickets either directly at the train stations/bus stations or on the internet.


Another option is to rent a car on-site or travel in your own car. This way of traveling gives you great flexibility. The highways of Spain are usually of very good quality. Note, however, that you have to pay a toll on most highways.


If you want to travel between the North and South, it sometimes is even cheaper (and definitely faster) to take a flight. Several low-cost airlines are operating throughout the country, e.g. Vueling. Note, however, that going by public transport instead is better for the environment. 😉

The most beautiful places to visit in Spain

Of course, the most important thing about your trip to Spain is knowing where to go. If you have a lot of time, you can explore wonderful places in the whole country. The following locations are designed for a 10-day itinerary in Spain. If you have more time, there are so many other extraordinary places to discover in the country.

Travel cost for ten days in Spain

Especially those who are traveling on a budget should think about their Spain travel cost before traveling.

If you plan well and cleverly and use a few simple tricks, you can save a lot on your trip through Spain. The average traveler spends about € 110 per day in Spain. However, as a budget traveler, you can already get by with 40 € a day (during my first trip to Spain we only paid about 20 € a day, but we were traveling with a very small student budget). For 10 days as an average traveler, you might pay about 1,100 € depending on the accommodation and the means of transport you choose. Note also that the South is usually cheaper than the North.

Spain Travel Tips & Information

If this is your first trip to Spain, it can be good to spend a little time exploring the cultural peculiarities of the country before you arrive. Although Spain is located in Europe, some things are quite different here than there are, for example in Germany. Our Spain travel tips might, therefore, be a helpful read before your trip.

Your Ultimate Spain Itinerary 10 Days

10 days are simply not enough to discover everything in Spain. That’s why you will find below 3 different routes through the sunny Iberian peninsula, where you can get a wonderful insight into different parts of the country.

Spain trip Itinerary I – North of Spain

On this Northern Spain itinerary for 10 days, we want to explore the north of this beautiful country and try some delicious pintxos. The north of the country not only offers a slightly cooler climate during the summer but is also generally not quite as touristy as the south and other major cities in the country.

Day 1 -3 Madrid

Madrid, Spain, architecure, 10 days in Spain

Let’s start our first days in the country in the Spanish capital Madrid. Madrid is considered besides Barcelona as the most popular city in the country. We chose Madrid as our starting point as Spain’s capital houses a large airport served by many destinations around the world.

When visiting Madrid, make sure to try a lot of typical Spanish foods and enjoy the traditional Spanish architecture that can be found all over the city.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Madrid

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Almudena Cathedral
  • Puerta del Sol

Option: Day 3 Burgos

Burgos Cathedral, Spain itinerary 10 days

If you travel from Madrid to Bilbao, you will pass this small and very underrated treasure: Burgos. If you have the chance, you should definitely take a break here to discover this medieval city in northern Spain. The most famous sight of the city is its impressive cathedral which is said to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the whole country.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Burgos

  • The Cathedral of Burgos
  • Las Huelgas
  • Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores

Day 4 + 5 Bilbao

Bilbao, Basque country, Spain itinerary

Bilbao is one of the most famous cities in the north of Spain. The world-renowned Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art alone attracts thousands of tourists each year. Bilbao is a great destination if you want to explore the Northern Spanish vibe and get to know the Spanish Basque Country.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Bilbao

  • Guggenheim Museum
  • The cathedral of Bilbao
  • Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Day 6 San Sebastián

San Sebastian, Playa de la Concha, Shell beach, places to visit in spain

Let’s continue to San Sebastián. This city, which incidentally is known in the Basque Country as Donostia, shouldn’t be missed on any tour of the Spanish north. Just under 20 km from the French border, San Sebastián is especially popular with tapas lovers. The so-called pintxos served here are popular throughout the whole country. The main attractions of the city are probably its beaches. Unlike in the rest of Spain, you can also watch the sunset here.

Things you shouldn’t miss in San Sebastián

  • Playa de la Concha
  • Urgull
  • Miramar Palace

Day 7 Pamplona

Pamplona, Itinerary for northern spain

As the capital of Navarre, Pamplona is known throughout the country. The history of this city, whose cityscape is particularly outstanding due to its impressive cathedral, goes back to the year 74 BC. Especially at the beginning to the middle of July, there are many visitors in the city for the annual Sanfermines festival. Here, the patron saint, San Fermín is led through the city along with large paper-mâché figures. The annual bullfighting event for which Pamplona is so famous also takes also place at this special festival.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Pamplona

  • The cathedral of Pamplona
  • Citadel of Pamplona
  • Plaza del Castillo

Option: Day 8 Zaragoza

Basilica del Pilar, Zaragoza, river, Spain

Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, is still a very underrated tourist destination. As a former Roman settlement with two impressive cathedrals in its center, Zaragoza is definitely worth a visit. Take a stroll through the historic city center and enjoy the delicious Aragonese cuisine before continuing on your way towards Barcelona.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Zaragoza

  • Basílica de Pilar
  • Cathedral la Seo
  • Aljafería

Day 8 – 10 Barcelona

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, Spain itinerary 10 days

Barcelona is a real highlight of every trip to Spain. Not for nothing did I choose this place as my new home after my first trip to Spain. The architectural peculiarities of the famous designer Gaudí can be found almost everywhere around the city and especially the Sagrada Família is one of the most visited attractions in the world.

But also the beach and the unique Catalan cuisine invite you to stay around. If you still have some spare time, a day trip from Barcelona to surrounding Catalonia is definitely worthwhile. Whether beach, medieval village or nature – there is something for everyone.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Barcelona

  • Sagrada Família
  • Park Güell
  • Las Ramblas & Barrio Gótico

Extra tip: One of the best-rated hotels in Barcelona is the beautiful Santa Marta Hotel. This 2-star accommodation convinces with a perfect location (central but still quiet), and super comfortable and clean rooms.

Spain travel itinerary 10 days II – Southern Spain Itinerary (Andalusia)

Following this itinerary will lead us to the south of Spain. Andalusia is full of Spanish passion, flamenco, and delicious tapas and therefore offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in deep Spain. However, as it can be very hot in the Spanish south, you might prefer not to do this round trip in midsummer.

Day 1 + 2 Madrid

Gran Vía, Madrid, Street, Spain

Also on our second itinerary, we start again in Madrid. The Spanish capital offers a well-developed airport that is easily accessible from all parts of the world. Madrid is also a great starting point to dive into the south of Spain and get used to the Mediterranean climate, as Madrid located in the middle, is generally not as hot as the Andalucian gems we will visit later on. As the cultural center of Spain, Madrid is full of fascinating sights and historical features.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Madrid

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Almudena Cathedral
  • Puerta del Sol

Option: Day 3 Toledo

Toledo, vacation in Spain

On the journey from Madrid to the south, it’s worth making a stopover in the small town of Toledo, which is just 65 km outside of Madrid. Here you can perfectly discover antique Spain by strolling through the beautiful center, which is full of historic buildings. The city’s buildings display influences from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish culture, making this UNESCO World Heritage Site very special. No surprise this little town is such a popular day trip from Madrid.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Toledo

  • The Cathedral of Toledo
  • Alcázar
  • San Juan de Los Reyes

Day 3 +4 Córdoba

Cordoba, Spain, Spain travel itinerary 10 days

The third-largest city in Andalusia, Córdoba, has a lot to offer. Formerly known as one of the largest cities in the world, today it is almost an insider tip. From times of Murian rule, many Arab influences are still recognizable. But maybe this is exactly what makes this Andalusian city so unique. Particularly striking is this peculiarity of the city through the Mezquita-Catedral, a former mosque, which has been rebuilt into a cathedral.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Córdoba

  • Mezquita-Catedral
  • Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos
  • Puente Romano

Day 5 + 6 Seville

Sevilla, Seville, Plaza de Espana, Andalusia itinerary

The capital of Andalusia, Seville, awaits you with almost 300 sunny days a year. Legend has it that the city that has a lot to offer, which by the way is considered one of the hottest cities in Europe, has been founded by Hercules. Seville is the perfect place to discover beautiful Andalusian architecture combined with the exuberant Spanish atmosphere. Also, don’t miss a typical Andalusian flamenco performance, especially in the Triana area.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Seville

  • Plaza de España
  • Alcázar
  • The Cathedral of Seville

Option: Day 7 Cádiz

Cadiz, andalusia itinerary 10 days

Also, this Andalusian port city is worth a visit. Cádiz impresses with a cool breeze that blows from the Atlantic Ocean, making this city in the deep south of the country more pleasant in summer than other cities in the area. Cádiz is not yet part of the typical Andalusia itinerary and therefore isn’t as overcrowded with tourists, such as Seville or Córdoba. Nevertheless, Cádiz does convince, because it offers everything its more popular siblings offer.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Cádiz

  • The cathedral of Cádiz
  • Playa de la Victoria
  • Church of the Holy Cross

Day 7 + 8 Málaga

Malaga, Port, where to go in Spain
Beautiful Malaga

Located on the famous Costa del Sol, the Andalusian town is very popular among travelers worldwide. If you want to spend a fantastic beach vacation in the South of Spain, this is the place to be. But even if you aren’t really keen on only relaxing on the beach, there is a lot to do. Not far from the city center, you can find the Montes de Málaga Natural Park. The mountains are filled with beautiful hiking trails and breathtaking nature.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Málaga

  • Costa del Sol
  • Montes de Málaga
  • Day Trip to Ronda

Day 9 + 10 Granada

The Alhambra in Granada, most pictureque places in Spain

Granada is definitely one of Andalusia’s most beautiful cities and the Alhambra is world-famous. The city is considered one of the best to discover the Moorish influences of Andalusia, which are still clearly visible today. The best example is, of course, the Alhambra, a Moorish fortress, which is very well preserved and can still be visited today. But also in the Arab quarter of Albacín, the Moorish influences in this city are more than clear.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Granada

  • Alhambra
  • Generalife
  • Albaicín Quarter

Option Day 10 Way back to Madrid

If you have to catch an international flight, it might be necessary to return to Madrid. But make sure to also check other, nearer airports like the one in Seville or Málaga.

Spain Itinerary III – Best of Spain in 10 Days

Day 1 + 2 Madrid

Madrid, Palacio Royal, Royal Palace

And also the last of our 3 itineraries through Spain starts in the capital of the country, Madrid. With its Spanish metropolitan flair, Madrid is just the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture. Enjoy the delicious tapas that Spanish cuisine has to offer and discover many historically and culturally important buildings in this meaningful city of Spain.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Madrid

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Almudena Cathedral
  • Puerta del Sol

Day 3 +4 Seville

Alcazar of Seville, Sevilla, Royal Palace, Spain

Of course, Andalusia, in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, shouldn’t be missed in order to get an overall impression of Spain. As the capital of Andalusia, Seville is one of the most important cities in the country. Be sure to join a flamenco performance or maybe even learn one or two steps yourself.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Seville

  • Plaza de España
  • Alcázar
  • Cathedral Sevilla

Day 5 Granada

Granada, Andalusia, Prettiest places in Spain

Granada – Definitely one of our favorite cities in Spain. Despite its huge size, this Andalusian pearl offers more of a small-town feeling. With its grandiose tapas and the Arabic-style Alhambra, which can be seen almost from all over the Old Town, this city in southern Spain will captivate simply everyone.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Granada

  • Alhambra
  • Generalife
  • Albaicín Quarter

Day 6 +7 Valencia

Valencia, City of Arts and Science, Spain

Valencia – This city on the Spanish east coast is becoming increasingly popular. Valencia is best known for its outstanding cuisine throughout the country. I’m sure also you have heard of the Valencian Paella before, haven’t you? Valencia is the perfect mix of exciting museums, culture, traditional Spanish architecture, and beautiful beaches. Who could say no to that?

Things you shouldn’t miss in Valencia

  • Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of art and science)
  • Lonja de la Seda
  • authentic Paella

Day 8 – 10 Barcelona

Beach of Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain itinerary

The last point on our list is, of course, my wonderful hometown Barcelona. Even if you can only spend a day in Barcelona, you shouldn’t miss this amazing city. Located on the east coast, Barcelona offers an excellent climate and sun all year round, as well as a huge variety of culture, stunning architecture and amazing Catalan cuisine. Barcelona also has a large international airport serving many destinations worldwide, making it a perfect last destination on your trip through Spain.

Things you shouldn’t miss in Barcelona

  • Sagrada Família
  • Park Güell
  • Las Ramblas & Barrio Gótico


About the AuthorVicki

Hi, we are Vicki & Eduardo, an international travel couple on a mission to help you save money for priceless travel experience. Follow us through the miracles of this world and you will be rewarded with a bunch of practical travel tips.

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