10 Days Itinerary for Spain - A Backpacking Travel Guide to the Colorful and Passionate Cities of Spain

10 Days Itinerary for Spain

A Backpacking Travel Guide to the Colorful and Passionate Cities of Spain

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Spain, the colorful and passionate country of Southern Europe is one of the most popular places for backpackers to travel around. With its vibrant and diverse cultures, laid-back vibe and stunning landscape, the country has a lot to offer.

Within this backpacking travel guide, you will find a complete 10 days itinerary for Spain, a list of recommended places to see, things to do and where to stay cheaply, all the while enjoying the vibrant cultures Spain and its different region, have to offer.

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When to Visit Spain

Alhambra Fortress on a clear day in the Evening in Granada, Spain

Spain can be brutally hot, crowded and expensive during the mid-summer months so the best time to visit Spain is from April to May where the tourist season has yet peaked, good weather, less crowded, cheaper than June - July and best of all, it coincides with some cool festivals you can attend like Madrid's Bullfight (March - June) and Seville's April Fest (often hold in May, be sure to check the schedule of that year you plan to visit Spain).

Where to Stay in Spain

An example of a laid-back atmosphere of hostels in Granada, Spain.

Madrid - Mad4you Hostel (Budget) - 22 USD/Night (Dorm + Free Breakfast) | Hostal Falfes (Mid-Range) - 38 USD / Night (Twin Room with Shared Bathroom)

Seville - Sevilla Kitsch Hostel Art (Budget) - 18 USD/Night (Dorm) | The Boutike Hostel (Mid-Range) - 63 USD / Night (Double/Twin Room)

Granada - Granada Inn (Budget) - 17 USD/Night (Dorm) | Hotel Saray (Mid-Range) - 56 USD / Night (Double/Twin Room)

Barcelona - Yeah Hostel Barcelona (Budget) - 32 USD/Night (Dorm) | Hotel Casita Amarilla (Mid-Range) - 61 USD / Night (Double Room)

How to Get to Spain

First, you will have to get to Spain. There are many airlines that fly from the US directly to Spain such as American, Delta, Iberia or Air Europa. If you are from Asia, Emirates, Qatar or KLM are great options too.

To find the cheapest flight to Spain, make sure to browse through Skyscanner or Momondo so you can get the cheapest flight from your home country to Spain.

How to Get Around Spain

Buses are easy and cheap to travel in around Spain. ALSA, Flixbus or if you are looking for a one-stop shop at finding buses, check out Omio.com to easily find and book a bus ticket online for your trip in Spain.

For big cities like Madrid and Barcelona, the metro system is really well-connected, although be aware that there are a lot of pickpockets around crowded stations in Madrid and Barcelona so be sure to watch your belonging when getting on/off the train. The train should cost around 2 - 3 EUR per trip.

For Seville, you can walk to all the tourist attractions in the city, no problem.

Same goes for Granada, but if you want to go hiking, you can also rely on the local bus system which is well-connected and easily accessible. Be sure to ask your hostel/hotel for information on which bus number to take to go somewhere. Once you know the bus number, you can check the bus schedule online here.

Daily Budget

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Traveling here, on average, will cost you more than traveling in most countries out there. You can expect to spend around 45 - 65 USD per day per person with food, accommodation and transportation.

Keep in mind that this is just a suggested daily budget based on my style of traveling, which is leaning more toward the budget side of things. If you want to stick to this budget, expect to sleep in dorms, eat out only a few times, and be comfortable using the cheapest and most convenient way of transportation, which often times involves walking.

Internet in Spain

There are several phone carrier you can choose from such as Movistar, Orange or Vodafone. I chose Orange and bought a sim card with 3 GB data for 7 EUR which is plenty for 10 days. The coverage is well-covered in all the places I recommended in this itinerary. You can also either top-up at the shops or supermarkets with a label "recargas" or you can do it yourself online.

For more information on Spain sim card: Spain Prepaid Data SIM Card.

Travel Insurance

If you are looking for travel insurance to go along with your trip to Spain, I would recommend WorldNomads.com, which is what I use to look for a travel insurance that fits my kind of adventure.

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10 Days Itinerary for Spain

Madrid (2 Nights)

The beautiful building around Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a great place to begin your journey in Spain and get the hang of the different culture and norms they have here, more so on their ridiculously late lunch and dinner time (3 PM and 10 PM - 12 AM respectively).

A local man playing guitar near Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain.

One your first day, I would recommend you go on a free walking tour around the most famous tourist attractions in Madrid. That way, you wouldn't miss anything as you will have only one full day here.

The colorful architecture of Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain

Places that are worth seeing, which should be included in the free walking tour organized by MADride are the Puerta del Sol square, Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor.

Sobrino de Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world, is in Madrid, Spain.

If you want to try something unique, you can visit the oldest restaurant in the world, Sobrino de Botín which has been operating for more than 250 years. It is expensive but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There are plenty of cool nightlife venues that come to life at night along these beautiful streets of Madrid.

If you want to explore the nightlife of Madrid, MADRide do also organize a pub crawl which will take you to all the cool nightlife venue around the city in one night so you are getting a glimpse of the Madrid nightlife all in one day.

7 Awesome Things To Do In Madrid

Seville (2 Nights)

Plaze de Espana is by far one of the most beautiful and photogenic places in Seville.

From Madrid, you can take a direct bus to Seville which should take around 6 - 7 hours. After you arrive, settle in your hostel/hotel and go out for a nice evening walk along the river in Triana and have a nice delicious and affordable tapas at Las Golondrinas 2 for dinner.

The stunning architecture of Plaze de Espana, Seville, Spain.

One of the most beautiful architecture in Seville that you must not miss is the Plaza de Espana, a gigantic red-brick palace located Maria Luisa Park. Its architecture blew my mind away with all its intricate detail. You can spend hours here, just walking around the palace and observe the little stunning detail put into the design of every corner of Plaza de Espana.

It's popular among tourists and yet it doesn't feel crowded at all at Plaza de Espana

Oh, and this was also a place they shot Star Wars Episode 2: The Attack of the Clones in a sequence where Anakin and Padmé arrive on Naboo. Just a little fun fact about the place 😊.

Maria Luisa Park is a great place to cool down from the heat and humidity of Seville in the mid-summer months.

Maria Luisa Park is also a great place to walk around on your way back to the city center after visiting Plaza de Espana as it is nearby.

The Catedral de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.

The first thing you see when you arrive in Seville is the massive Gothic-style cathedral, the Catedral de Sevilla. It is the third-largest cathedral in the world, and a must-visit when you are in Seville.

The beautiful park inside Alcázar of Seville, definitely worth a walk around when you are in Seville, Spain.

Be sure to also drop by Alcázar of Seville just south of Catedral de Sevilla. It's a royal palace with several collection of stunning architecture worth seeing and you can also stroll around the beautiful park inside the palace.

5 Best Things To Do In Seville

Granada (3 Nights)

The unbeatable sunset view over Granada at the top of Sacromonte, Spain.

Granada is definitely my favorite city out of all Spain. It has a lot of outdoor things to do like hiking trails and viewpoints all the while, you can find cheap tapas and beers very easily within the city but best of all, it's the location of the famous Alhambra Fortress.

Do not let the exterior of Alhambra tricked you into thinking that there's nothing in there. The interior is filled with beautiful parks and architecture to the brim.

The Alhambra Fortress is a must-visit when in Granada but one thing to note is that, they limit the number of entry each day so be sure to book a ticket and a time slot to Alhambra Fortress in advanced (14 - 17 EUR).

An example of how detail the architecture is inside Alhambra, Granada, Spain.

You can spend almost an entire day, just walking around the fortress, exploring all the beautiful gardens and observing all the intricate detail of the architecture of each structure that you won't see anywhere else.

The free walking tour will take you through a traditional village with the view of the Alhambra fortress, Granada, Spain.

Another great thing to do is to go on a free cave walking tour in the afternoon that will take you to the sunset viewpoint up at Sacromonte where you will be able to get a panoramic view of Granada and the surrounding mountain range.

The view from a walking trail along the cave area behind Sacromonte, Granada Spain where to free walking tour will take you through.

The tour will take you to a cave area behind the Sacromonte hill where you will be able to see the locals still using caves as their shelters while the guide explains where they came from and tell a backstory of how it came to be. Highly recommended!

One of the few suspension bridges you will find along the waterfall trail (Los Cahorros de Monachil) in Granada, Spain.

The next day, I would recommend you go and hike the Waterfall Trail (Los Cahorros de Monachil) which can be access via a local bus from Granada to Monachil where you can walk along the river to the trailhead and hike through waterfalls and suspension bridges. It's a fun and easy micro adventure you can do from Granada.

7 Incredible Things to Do in Granada

Barcelona (3 Nights)

La Sagrada Familia, a famous tourist attraction in Barcelona.

Last but not least, we travel to Catalonia and ended our journey in Spain with a unique touch of Catalonian culture.

View from the top of Park Güell, Barcelona.

First and foremost, go up the Park Güell hill in the morning to get an unbeatable panoramic view of Barcelona where you can also spot the famous forever-under-construction La Sagrada Familia cathedral where you will be visiting in the evening.

Gaudí iconic style of architecture is out-of-this-world.

On your way down, be sure to stop by Gaudí's house museum and get that iconic picture of one of Gaudí's best works.

Dragon's Scales Roof of Casa Batlló, Barcelona.

Gaudí's and his weird (in a good way!) mind can be seen scattered throughout the city such as Casa Milà and the Dragon's Scales Roof of Casa Batlló so be sure to walk by there when you are in Barcelona.

The Gothic Quarter and the Cathedral of Barcelona, a great meeting point in the city.

Another good district to spend your day walking around is the Gothic Quarter landmarked by the Cathedral of Barcelona, its beautiful Roman-era buildings and all the antique narrow street you can explore. There is also the oldest restaurant (Can Culleretes) in Barcelona you can try as well.

An example of the light manipulation inside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

At the end of the day, visit the La Sagrada Familia. Why did I leave this at the end? Because the cathedral is best seen in the evening when the light is best and not too bright.

It is as if an Alien designed La Sagrada Familia cathedral!

This cathedral, I can say, is the most beautiful cathedral I have seen so far. The intricate detail of the interior and how it manipulates lights blew my mind away. The entry to witness such astounding man-made structure is worth every single EUR spent to get in. Be sure to book the ticket and time slot in advanced as they limit the number of entry to the cathedral.

Montserrat Monastery from above.

Photos by Mike McBey

The next day, I recommend you go on a day trip and visit the Montserrat Monastery, a monastery located photogenically at the top of a rocky mountain range only 1.5 hours away from Barcelona by train. You will have to get to Plaça Espanya train station and take the R5 Manresa line to Aeri de Montserrat and from there, get a cable car up to the top and spend a few hours walking around the area.

You can buy all these tickets including the return ticket in a bundle for 22 EUR each at the Plaça Espanya.

One Day in Barcelona

And there you have it, 10 days itinerary for Spain. Are you excited to travel to Spain? If you are and have a question, please do not hesitate to let me know in the comments below.

Further Reading for Spain

I hope you found this guide helpful in your trip planning. If you want to read more about Spain, I have written a few more travel guides, all listed here:

The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by Pete Rojwongsuriya, the founder of BucketListly Blog where we will follow his solo journey around the world as he experiences different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.

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