10 Days in Spain: Our Recommendations

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Bestowed with natural bounties and dripping with art and architecture, Spain is a traveler’s delight. Pair the Roman ruins of Mérida with Granada’s Moorish palaces and Madrid’s hulking, neoclassical building during your 10 days in Spain. Set sail off Barcelona's Mediterranean coast or dare to hike along the coastal cliffs of the Basque Country. Add Doñana National Park to your 10-day Spain itinerary for birding and cap off your trip sipping wine at a vineyard in La Rioja.

Below are four recommendations for Spain tours between 9 and 11 days long that might be of interest to you.

9 days in Spain: Three Great Cities

The statue of Black Madonna in Montserrat, Spain
The Black Madonna of Montserrat
Toledo is an ancient city set on a hill in the Central Spain.
The city of three cultures, Toledo
Day 1  Take your first steps in the Spanish capital
Day 2 Enjoy a guided walking tour in Madrid
Day 3 Discover the confluence of three cultures in Toledo
Day 4 Soak up Valencia’s historic architecture during bicycle tour
Day 5 Behold the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences
Day 6 Take a peek at Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona
Day 7 Try Barcelona’s delectable chocolates and pastries
Day 8 See the famous Black Madonna from distance
DAy 9 Transfer to Barcelona's airport

Roman generals, Moorish rulers and Christian kings have all left their marks on Spain’s cultural fabric, so has modernity. Delve into Spain’s melting pot of tradition and modernity during this nine-day tour. Marvels of modern architecture hem in grand neoclassical monuments in Madrid, while Toledo, the ‘city of three cultures’, still lives in the past. A guided bicycle tour in Valencia will take you to its futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, an ode to knowledge carved in steel and glass. See the masterpieces of Catalan Modernism in Barcelona, home to fairy-tale Park Guell and the unfinished Sagrada Familia, before calling it a day. See tour.

Spain in 9 days: Explore Moorish Spain

The Seville Cathedral in Spain has stunning architecture.
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world
Day 1 Unravel Córdoba’s Moorish heritage
Day 2 Discover the birthplace of Averroes
Day 3 Travel back to the times of caliphate in Córdoba
Day 4 Head for Granada, Islam’s last outpost in Spain
Day 5 See the spectacular Alhambra
Day 6 Explore Granada on your own
Day 7 Visit historic Ronda and travel to Sevilla
Day 8 Soak up Sevilla’s architectural medley
Day 9 Bid farewell to Sevilla

Brimming with historic sights, Cordoba is a gem of Moorish Spain and a starting point of this nine-day tour. Savor the highlights of ‘the ornament of the world’, then follow the trails of Moorish rule south from Cordoba to Granada, whose fall in the late 15th century marked the end of Muslim rule in Spain. A trip to Granada is incomplete without seeing the expansive Alhambra and the exquisite Generalife. Although not as palpable as in Granada and Cordoba, the remnants of Moorish legacy can be found in Seville, where craftsmen combined elements of Christian and Muslim architecture to form a unique style known as ‘mudéjar’. See tour.

10 days in Spain: Heart of Spain

Gran Via which means great way is a street in the Central Madrid.
If you're looking to shop in Madrid, Gran Via is the palce to be as you can everything in one place
Day 1 Arrive in Madrid
Day 2 Tour the main attractions of Spanish capital
Day 3 Explore Toledo’s historic centre
Day 4 Travel to Caceres via the hometown of Francisco Pizarro
Day 5 See Caceres’ walled town and Merida’s Roman ruins
Day 6 Arrive in the buzzing university town of Salamanca
Day 7 Discover Spain’s most venerable seat of learning
Day 8 Stroll through ancient streets of Avila, travel to Segovia
Day 9 Continue to the Spanish capital
Day 10 End your journey in Madrid

Travel back in time to medieval Spain with this ten-day self-drive tour. Having covered the capital city, you are off to unravel the cultural hotpot that is Toledo. An ancient city on the banks of the Tagus, Toledo was once a confluence of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The medieval walls of Caceres, your next destination, hide within them Renaissance palaces and historic churches while Salamanca has been a venerable seat of learning for centuries and home to the third-oldest university in the world. Less than two hours to the east of Salamanca is Segovia, where the looming spires of the famous Alcázar puncture the sky. Leaving the pile behind, you are off to Madrid on the second-last day of this trip. See tour.

11 days in Spain: Self-guided walk on the Camino

A bridge across the Mino river in Portomarin
A bridge over a reservoir leading to the village of Portomarin, Spain
Day 1 Arrive in Leon
Day 2 Hike the meandering trail of Camino to Molinaseca
Day 3 Ascend Rio Valcarce Valley
Day 4 Continue to Sarria
Day 5 Climb up Celerio Valley and descend to Portomarin
DAy 6 See delightful, rustic farmhouses of Lestedo
Day 7 Arrive in O'coto
Day 8 Admire Romanesque church and continue to Arzua
Day 9 Take the undulating route to Rua
Day 10 See the spires of Santiago
Day 11 End your journey in Santiago de Compostela

Trod the path taken by pilgrims for over a millennium during this eleven-day, self-guided tour. Journey through forests of oak strewn with orchids and heather-clad villages suspended in time as you travel from Leon to Santiago De Compostela, where Saint James is said to have been buried. Follow the trails where once the Knights Templar stood guard, protecting travelers from bandits. The pinnacle of spiritual achievement for believers, Camino de Santiago is more than just a hiking trip, something that you will discover during this tour. See tour.

10 days in Spain is enough to make a memorable trip to Spain. If you are looking for other trip durations in the country, check out our guide on how long to spend in Spain. You can also get in touch with our travel expert in Spain to create an itinerary from scratch.

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