12 Day Spain Itineraries

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Unlock a rich and colorful history, savor delectable cuisines, admire imposing architecture, and embrace the siestawhen you venture to Spain. Your perfect 12-day Spain vacation awaits, and Zicasso will connect you to local experts that will expose you to the most genuine and enthralling experiences this kaleidoscopic country has to offer.

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Spain

10 Day Spain Itinerary at a Glance

Venture to the beautiful sunkissed fields of Spain as you immerse yourself in this country's rich cultural traditions. Over the course of twelve days, you will experience the very best of culinary excellence, music and dance traditions, and arts and architecture. You will fall in love with each region of Spain as you bite into the savory flavors of paella in Valencia, clap your hands to the staccato beats of flamenco music in Seville, and admire the whimsical designs of renowned architects in Barcelona.

Regions

Northern Spain includes cities such as Bilbao and San Sebastian. Attractions include the Guggenheim Museum, Camino de Santiago, and Lagos de Covadonga.

Central Spain includes cities like Madrid and Toledo. Attractions include the Royal Palace and the Alcazar UNESCO site.

Southern Spain includes cities like Seville, Granada, and Cordoba. Attractions include La Alhambra, La Mezquita, and El Alcazar.

Climate

The climate of Spain can be described as a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summer and wet, somewhat mild winters.

Population

There are about 46 million people in Spain.

Religion

Roman Catholicism is the most practiced religion in Spain. The Iberian nation also has a rich history of Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Language

Spanish is the most predominant language of Spain. In some regions of Spain, Basque, Catalan, and Galician are also widely spoken.

Currency

The official currency of Spain is the euro. The country operates largely on a cash economy.

Where to Visit in 12 Days

Madrid (2 Days)

Try to keep up with the hustle and bustle of city life when you venture to Spain's capital. You can explore the city's rich history as you peruse the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza del Sol alongside your guide. Admire exquisite artwork at the Reina Sofia Museum before venturing to the eclectic neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies for late nights with live music.

Valencia (2 Days)

Soak up the sun in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, the third-largest in Spain. Here, you can explore the charming downtown and step inside the Mercat Central. Later, uncover the futuristic designs of Santiago Calatrava at the City of Arts and Sciences before indulging in a traditional dish of paella in the evening at water's edge.

Barcelona (4 Days)

Fall in love with the major metropolitan city of Barcelona. Spend the first two days uncovering hidden gems of the Gothic Quarter and along Las Ramblas and enjoy a luxury three-course meal along the water at La Barceloneta. In Subsequent days, you can venture beyond the city limits to visit major sightseeing venues including FC Barcelona's Camp Nou and the Montserrat Monastery.

Northern Spain (4 Days)

Relish in the beauty of Northern Spain as you explore the lush landscapes of Spain's countryside. You can take in the scenic beauty at places like Lagos de Covadonga, San Juan Gaztelugatxe, and even along portions of the Camino de Santiago. Then, get to know city life as you indulge in pintxos nightlife in Bilbao, Oviedo, and San Sebastian.

Best Time to Visit Spain

The best time to visit Spain depends on the regions where you plan to spend the majority of your time. Summers in Northern Spain are mild and dry. Travelers should avoid visiting Northern Spain in winter as rainfall is heavy during this time of year. Southern Spain is best visited in spring, early summer, or late fall. Travelers should avoid visiting Spain during late July and August as temperatures often spike above 100 degrees on a daily basis. Many travelers choose to come to Spain during Semana Santa. This is a great time to experience local cultural traditions. However, travelers should be aware that this event draws in massive crowds from around the world, creating longer lines and wait times. 

Essential Experiences in Spain

Visit the Pablo Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Explore the charming Gothic Quarter of Barcelona as you peruse beautiful architecture and step inside effervescent local markets like that of La Boqueria. Later in the day, you can visit the Picasso Museum, where you can get an up-close look at the acclaimed Spanish artist's most renowned work.

Attend a Flamenco Show in the Caves of Granada

Clap your hands and stomp for feet to the staccato rhythms of impassioned flamenco dancers during a live dinner and dance performance. You will marvel at the acute footwork and syncopated clicking castanets as you bite into delicious savory tapas. After the show, you can sit atop the Mirador de San Nicolas to indulge in moonlit views of La Alhambra.

Participate in a Paella Cooking Class in Valencia

Join a world-renowned chef in making one of Spain's most iconic dishes: a saffron-induced paella. At a five-star restaurant at the water's edge, you will mix together vegetables, rice, chicken, seafood, and red-crimson spice to create a true culinary masterpiece. Enjoy your creation along the water with a fruity glass of sangria.

Travel Considerations

Weather

Travelers should be aware that summers in southern Spain are extremely hot and can reach daily temperatures of 90 and 100 degrees. Conversely, winters in Northern Spain can be very wet and rainy weather can be unpredictable throughout the day.

In the case of inclement weather, your Zicasso trip specialist can recommend exciting alternatives in each city, from art museums, to palace tours, to private cooking classes, and live music and dance performances.

Transportation

Transportation is easily navigable in Spain. Most international travelers fly into Malaga, Barcelona, or Madrid. Within each city, tourists can travel by taxi, private shuttle, or on foot, as most downtowns are extremely walkable. Between cities, tourists can hire private shuttles or board public buses. Between some major cities, such as Valencia and Barcelona, travelers also have the option of taking Renfe's high-speed AVE train which delivers passengers in just under two hours.

Packing

Avoid bringing large roller suitcases as much of Spain's downtown is lined with cobblestone streets. Instead, bring a backpack or small bag that is easy to carry.

If travelers plan to visit southern Spain during the summer months, they should pack light, breathable clothing. For other travelers who plan to visit Northern Spain during the winter months, they should plan to bring rain gear and hiking or rain boots.

Electrical Considerations

Spain's electrical system operates on 230 volts, 50 Hertz. North American travelers should bring outlet converters with them.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain. Travelers should bring all prescribed medications with them. Travelers should be aware that Pharmacy hours are sometimes limited on Sundays, during siesta time, and doing other festival days.

Cultural Considerations

In some parts of Spain service operates at a more leisurely pace. In addition, wait staff in Spain do not receive tips as part of their regularly earned wages. Keep this in mind when planning your daily itineraries and factor in extra wait time.

In some parts of Spain service operates at a more leisurely pace. In addition, wait staff in Spain do not receive tips as part of their regularly earned wages. Keep this in mind when planning your daily itineraries and factor in extra wait time.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

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 medical issue(s), you should carry pertinent information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport
  • 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 should have small denominations of cash and coin with them at all times. ATMs are readily available to use as needed. Tipping is not common in Spain. At most, restaurant patrons who have experienced excellent service will leave behind a few euros.

For any questions related to tipping or bartering, including tipping your guide and hotel staff, you can speak with your Zicasso trip specialist for advice.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

Overall, Spain is a very safe country to travel to. International tourists should feel free to explore at night and in more rural parts of the country. Medical assistance is also readily available throughout the country.

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Spain is low and among the lowest in Europe. It also continues to decline.

Things to look out for

Most crime in Spain is limited to petty theft. Travelers can prevent these types of crimes by storing valuables such as money, credit cards, or passports in a money belt or inner coat pocket.

Medical & First Aid

Medical assistance and first aid are readily available throughout Spain. For any questions related to medical care, especially in the case of an emergency, travelers can speak with their expert Zicasso trip specialist for local recommendations.

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

International travelers to Spain need not take any special precautions when it comes to water and food safety. However, Travelers who have food allergies, preferences, or restrictions should speak with wait staff ahead of time as local diets may differ.

Travel with Zicasso

When planning a luxury vacation, every detail matters, which is why our approach is different. We will match you with leading travel specialists who are the most qualified to make your dream trip happen. They know their country better than anyone, and each travel specialist in Zicasso’s network is among the finest travel agents and tour operators, comprising the top tier of the industry. Experience the wonder of an exceptional itinerary crafted just for you.

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