10 Day Spain Itineraries

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Spain’s diversity is astounding. From the interwoven Christian and Moorish history to the variance of regional cultures, Spain’s allure is among the broadest of any country. Discover what aspects of this Iberian gem fit your travel desires as Zicasso provides a personalized touch. Your exciting, 10-Day adventure to Spain begins now.

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10 Day Spain Itinerary at a Glance

Take off on a 10-day unforgettable journey to the beautiful country of Spain. Clicking castanets of flamenco music and the energetic fervor of city life await you. Sunkissed patios provide the perfect respite after a day of sightseeing amongst each city's most exquisite architecture. As you fall in love with the natural landscapes and captivating history, surely you will also become enthralled with the warm hospitality and laid back attitudes of Spain's magnetic culture. 

Regions

Northern: Includes Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, and Basque Country. Revered for its verdant rolling plains, sparkling ciders, and sleepy fishing villages. 

Central: Includes Madrid and Castilla La-Mancha. Known for its bustling metropolitan life in contrast to the serenity of the countryside, which inspired Don Quixote.

Southern: Includes Andalucia and Almeria. Beloved for its lively tapas cultures, Moorish traditions, and friendly, laid back attitudes. 

Mediterranean: Includes Valencia and Catalonia. Admired for its sparkling shorelines and eclectic arts and music scene. 

Climate

The climate of Spain varies greatly between the north and south. Southern Spain experiences cool autumns and winters, whereas summers can reach temperatures of nearly 100-degrees Fahrenheit daily. Northern Spain experiences mild temperatures year-round, although winters can bring heavy rainfall. 

Population

The population of Spain is 46 million people. 

Religion

Roman Catholicism is the primary religion of Spain. 

Language

Castilian Spanish is widely spoken throughout Spain. Minor languages include Basque and Catalan. Regional dialects include Galician and Valenciano. 

Currency

The currency of Spain is the Euro. To this day, Spain operates largely on a cash economy. 

Where to Visit in 10 Days

Madrid (2 days)

Keep up with the hustle and bustle of city life as you explore Spain's capital city. You will spend two days at some of the country's most exquisite art and history museums, before stepping inside the Royal Palace and taking a stroll through Parque El Retiro. You can take a journey into the city's past as you uncover iconic churches, mosques, and synagogues. In the evenings, break away from the busy downtown to experience the lively nightlife of Malasana and Lavapies.

Barcelona (3 days)

Create memories in some of Barcelona's most beautiful vantage points, from Park Guell to the sparkling seashores of La Barceloneta port. Along the way, you will uncover the bustling energy along Las Ramblas and the charming history of the Gothic Quarter. You can try iconic local delights like saffron-induced paella and admire the whimsical designs of Antoni Gaudi in places like Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, and the Sagrada Familia.

Andalucia (5 days)

Take a tour through sunkissed southern Spain as you visit cities like Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, and Granada. You can admire the grand Moorish architecture of the La Alhambra Palace in Granada and clap your hands to the staccato beats of traditional flamenco dance in Seville. Step inside the grand La Mezquita in Cordoba before indulging in delectable tapas along Malaga's shimmering coastline.

Best Time to Visit Spain

The best time to visit Northern Spain is in the summer, between May and September. During these months, the weather is dry and daily temperatures reach into the high 70s and low 80s. 

A visit to Central or Southern Spain is best during late autumn or spring as temperatures are cool but not hot. 

Travelers should avoid visiting Northern Spain during the rainy season (November through March) and Southern Spain during the peak of steamy summer temperatures (late July through the end of August).

Travelers should also be aware that one of the busiest tourist seasons is during Semana Santa, which takes place each year during Holy Week leading up to Easter. Travelers can enjoy these iconic cultural traditions, but should also be aware that crowds will be larger and lines will likely be longer. 

Essential Experiences in Spain

Authentic Paella Cooking Class in Valencia

Fall in love with the savory aromas of saffron-induced paella, among the most iconic of Spanish culinary traditions. You will join an expert chef in the heart of the city for a thrilling cooking class where you will learn to chop vegetables, marinate shrimps, mix in the rice, and sprinkle crimson-red saffron on top of your personal masterpiece. Then, indulge in your creation from a private balcony as you take in the city views by night.

Moorish Architecture of Andalucia

Marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Moors when you venture to Spain's southern region of Andalucia. You'll not only gain an appreciation for the region's awe-inspiring facades, but you'll also learn about Andalucia's vibrant past before the rule of the Christian monarchy. You will hike to the entryway of Granada's stoic La Alhambra palace, walk the halls of the Alcazar in Seville, and admire the curious cathedral-mosque interior of the great La Mezquita in Cordoba.

Futbol Fandom at Camp Nou in Catalonia

Futbol lovers will rejoice with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Camp Nou, FC Barcelona's home stadium. Here, you can visit the European Cups and even explore the Leo Messi area. Then, venture into the heart of Barcelona to explore the charming Gothic Quarter and whimsical artwork of Antoni Gaudi before settling in for dinner along La Barceloneta. 

Travel Considerations

Weather

Avoid travel to Central and Southern Spain during July and August as temperatures can reach 90 to 100 degrees (or hotter) daily. Businesses often close for days or weeks at a time due to the heat.

Avoid travel to Northern Spain in the winter as the weather is often rainy.

In the case of inclement weather, you can speak with a Zicasso trip specialist for alternative activities. Imagine a day in Madrid exploring the city's exquisite art museums or a day in Valencia touring the vibrant downtown markets.

Transportation

Most international travelers will fly into Spain via Madrid, Barcelona, or Malaga.

Transportation within Spain is made easy via easy-to-use public transportation. Cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao boast major metro systems. Other cities are well-communicated by bus and taxi.

Travelers can get from one city to the next via bus, private shuttle, or Spain's high-speed rail service known as the AVE.

Packing

Try to avoid bringing a roller suitcase since Spain's downtown streets are often lined with cobble stone and rural areas are marked by unpaved roads.

Bring light, breathable clothes when traveling to Southern and Central Spain, especially in the summertime.

Bring rain gear, including rain boots or waterproof hiking boots, when visiting Northern Spain during winter months.

Electrical Considerations

Spain operates on a 230-voltage, 50-hertz system. Outlets take a two-pronged, rounded plug.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain. Travelers should be aware that pharmacies often close on Sundays and offer limited hours during siesta times.

Cultural Considerations

By most American standards, Spain is a laid back country that operates at a more leisurely pace. Travelers should be aware that wait times may be longer at bars and restaurants.

Travel Insurance

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Flights Via Zicasso

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Travel Documents

Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Spain. For this reason, during your trip, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Spain:

  • Personal medical information
  • If you have any specific medical issue(s), you should carry information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, though responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can and do change often to no notice, so all are wise to stay updated as your trip comes near.

Finances & Tipping

Spain operates largely on a cash economy. Travelers are encouraged to travel with small denominations of cash at all times. ATMs are readily available throughout the country.

Bartering may be more common in small villages but is not commonplace in large cities. Tipping is rare at bars and restaurants in Spain. At most, patrons may leave behind a euro or two on occasion for excellent service. For any questions related to tipping or bartering, including tipping hotel staff and guides, you can speak with your Zicasso travel specialist for specific guidelines.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

Spain is generally a very safe country to travel to. Pickpocketing does happen, so travelers should keep their belongings close to them at all times, especially when gathering in crowded areas or boarding public transportation.

Medical resources are readily available for travelers in the case of an emergency.

Crime Rate

The crime rate is one of the lowest in Europe and continues to decline.

Things to look out for

Most crime in Spain is limited to petty thefts. Tourists should be aware of their belongings at all times and tuck money and passports into a money belt or inner coat pocket.

Medical & First Aid

In the case of a medical emergency during your travels, local resources are readily available. You can speak with your Zicasso trip specialist for tips about local recommendations and resources.

It is recommended that all international travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to travel, and this information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a doctor.

Water & Food Safety

Travelers need not take any special precautions when it comes to food and water consumption in Spain.

Tourists with food allergies, limitations, or preferences should be clear when eating out as local diets may differ.

Travel with Zicasso

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