Hey Bad-ass babes! Thanks for joining me today for one of my favorite topics. TRAVEL! Specifically we’re going to talk about one of my favorite countries, Spain. I’m going to share a few personal experiences, as well as a 14 day/two week Spain itinerary!
When you think Spain, whats the first thing that comes to mind? Paella? Flamenco? Tapas? Bull Fighting (ew.)? If you’re anything like me, those were my first thoughts. And I was excited to experience the culture for myself!
I’M SHARING THIS 2 WEEK SPAIN ITINERARY WITH YOU SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE BEST THAT I BELIEVE SPAIN HAS TO OFFER, WITHIN A BIG-KID JOB VACATION-FRIENDLY, AMOUNT OF TIME.
First thing I learned (actually during my research phase) is that Spain is an extremely diverse country! Most of the pre-suppositions I held about the country were actually specific to Southern Spain, like Seville, Malaga, and Grenada. I also discovered that Northern Spain has its own version of tapas, called pinxtos.
Furthermore, the weather varies significantly depending on where in Spain you go for your two week tour. I packed pretty well for Southern Spain, but was incredibly cold in the Northern portions. Depending on the time of year you go, you’ll really want to plan accordingly.
Before I show you photos or give you a special 2-week itinerary, I want to give you have an idea of what my trip looked like.
MY TOUR OF SPAIN LASTED 5 WEEKS! THIS 2 WEEK ITINERARY I’M GIVING YOU CUTS THE FLUFF AND WILL TELL YOU THE MUST SEE PLACES AND EXPERIENCES IN SPAIN.
I chose to fly in and out of Barcelona. And while I really enjoyed this city in particular (lets be honest, I could live there), for your two week tour I suggest you fly in to Madrid and out of Barcelona (or vice versa).
Ok, back on track— I flew in to Barcelona and took a train from there to the industrial city of Bilbao. This is in the North of Spain, in Basque country, and incredibly close to San Sebastian. It’s located in a beautiful mountainous region near France, and the language and accents here shift a good bit to give a nod to their Basque neighbors. If you wanted to add Bilbao and San Sebastian to your 14 day trip, I suggest you add 3-4 days to your journey!
THIS TWO WEEK SPAIN ITINERARY IS CUSTOMIZABLE. YOU CAN ADD ANY EXPERIENCE SUGGESTIONS I OFFER BY SIMPLY ADDING A FEW DAYS TO YOUR TRIP!
From Bilbao, I took a train to Madrid to explore this major city. I only stayed 3 days, which was actually plenty of time! Though I did miss out on several awesome day trips to neighboring cities. If you’re interested in some of these additional (and secret) day trips, just contact me! There are several amazing hikes, small towns, and even horse back riding experiences that you could add on if you have the time!
From Madrid I took a train to Seville, which was my favorite city in Spain (beside Barcelona). I actually loved it so much I stayed an extra few days! I also made friends with several locals in this city, and got the inside scoop on living your best life here.
After Seville, I visited Grenada near the border of Morocco. Here is the deepest southern part of Spain I visited during the trip, and with the Alhambra Fortresses, it was quite impressive.
From Grenada I took a quick and easy plane ride to Barcelona, which is possibly one of my favorite cities in the world! Its so culturally diverse, with incredible food and wine, unique bar experiences and a vibrant arts community.
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P.S. I’ll be including your two week Spain itinerary at the bottom after these photos!
Now the moment we’ve been waiting for! You can choose which order you prefer to go in! You can start in Madrid and end in Barcelona (as shared in this two week Spain itinerary) or you can do this itinerary in reverse! I’ve also included a few ideas for trips longer than two weeks.
HERE IS YOUR TWO WEEK ITINERARY FOR SPAIN:
- Days 1-3: Madrid
Fly in to Madrid.
I stayed at this awesome AirBnB HERE.
There was an excellent dinner spot and cafe nearby called La Bicicleta!
Things to do: El Museo del Prado (classic), Museo Arte de Reina Sofia (modern art, my favorite), and El Parque del Buen Retiro (picnics, long walks, people watching, and plenty of photo ops).
- Days 4-7: Seville
Take a train from Madrid to Seville.
I stayed at this lovely AirBnB HERE.
I ate tapas at Arte y Sabor a few times! And honestly, you can’t go wrong with any place on this pedestrian street (or the one across from it). These two streets are also popular for the local community, night life, and festivals!
Things to do: Paddle boarding or Kayaking on the river, Alameda de Hércules, Plaza de Espana (and little row boat rides)* and the Seville Cathedral.
- Days 8 & 9: Granada
Take a train from Seville to Grenada.
I stayed at this quaint AirBnB HERE.
To be honest, I actually went to the Mercado San Agustin pretty regularly for meals, and to grocery shop! BUT if you want something unique and fresh: Cacho & Pepe was incredible.
Things to do: The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, wandering through the colorful markets & a spa day at the Hammam Al Andalus.
- Days 11-14: Barcelona
Hop on a quick flight from Granada to Barcelona (preferably early in the day).
I stayed HERE at this AirBnB and loved it with all my heart.
If you only eat at one place…. you HAVE to go to Ugot Bruncherie (HERE). Their eggs benedict are amazing and so are the cakes.
Things to do: Explore the streets of the Gothic district, drink wine everywhere you go, visit some cool dive/music bars (like Nevermind, The Harlem Jazz Club, or Manchester Bar), and visit museums like the Picasso Museum or the Centre de Cultura Contemporània.
Fly out of Barcelona.
WANT MORE TIME IN SPAIN? CHECK OUT THESE BONUS IDEAS FOR YOUR 2 WEEK SPAIN ITINERARY!
*This is the location for this awesome couple’s session with Jordan and Alfonso!
- BONUS: Add 3-4 days if you want to take a small detour from Madrid to visit Bilbao and San Sebastian via train. Its got amazing food, gorgeous mountain scenery, and a unique language and people. However, I don’t recommend you do this in the late autumn/winter/early spring, because it is extremely cold and rainy!
- BONUS: Add 1-2 days if you want to take day trips from Madrid to visit Toledo, Salamanca, or Segovia!
Ok this was a long one, but I’m so glad I was able to share this travel goodness with you! As always, please contact me if you have any questions about this post, or regarding planning your Spain trip, honeymoon, or adventure. I have more than 10 years of experience and I’m more than happy to help out. Drop me a line HERE and let’s become friends!
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