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12 Day Trip to Spain for Wine, Food, and Beaches

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12 Day Trip to Spain for Wine, Food, and Beaches

Hi everyone, I've been searching the travel forum and really need some help to figure out how to plan my trip. I planned a trip to Greece and Italy a couple of years ago and it was filled with sightseeing (Rome, Florence, Athens) in the beginning and relaxing/partying on the beach in Mykonos at the end. I'd like to do something similar in Spain, but I'm feeling overwhelmed. Initially, I wanted to visit Madrid, Barcelona, Majorca or Ibiza, and a couple of other areas like Pontevedra (Albarino wine), San Sebastian, and Seville... but this seems impossible given travel times and there is so much to see and do. I am open to giving up Majorca or Ibiza if I can experience beautiful, clean, and relaxing beaches in vicinity of Barcelona.

Right now, I am thinking of spending 1.5 to 2 days in Madrid, 2 days in Northern spain, 2-3 days in Southern Spain (for Rioja wine), and the remainder in Barcelona (for day trips including Montserrat, cava, beaches, and shopping). I don't know when I will visit Spain again so I want to make the most of it. Is this a good idea? Should I give up Majorca or Ibiza? Should I cut out Northern Spain and/or Southern Spain? Thanks so much for your help!

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1. Re: 12 Day Trip to Spain for Wine, Food, and Beaches


For train travel:


With your limited time I would cut down the number of cities and stay longer in each. You do not say how much time you have or when you are doing the trip.

Here is a suggestion:

4 days in Madrid and do one day trip to Toledo and another to Segovia. Read about these day trips in the top questions of the Madrid forum.

Take the train to Seville and stay 3 days.

Take the train to Barcelona. Barcelona has beaches.


Downtown Madrid is the Gran Via. You can use Venere.com to screen for hotels in that area.

A good hotel in Seville where I stay is the Hotel Becquer, walking distance to most sights.

Downtown Barcelona is the Plaza de Catalunya. There are many hotels in that area and it is walking distance to many sights.

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2. Re: 12 Day Trip to Spain for Wine, Food, and Beaches

I'm going in May/June for 12 days.

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3. Re: 12 Day Trip to Spain for Wine, Food, and Beaches

2-3 days in Southern Spain (for Rioja wine)

Look at this useful Spain wine regions map


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