16 Day Ultimate Spain Tour Itinerary

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When you close your eyes and think of Spain, what images come to your mind? Is it the golden sands of the beaches in Mallorca, the fiery passion of Flamenco dances, the rich cultural and gastronomic tapestry that weaves throughout the country, or perhaps is the global significance of world cities like Madrid and Barcelona? Our 16 day ultimate Spain tour itinerary provides all this and more for you.

Whether you have been to Spain before or this will be your introduction to the region, there is no finer way to explore the various fascinating faces of Spanish culture than on a private tour with Magical Spain. If you would like to discuss any aspect of our 16-day itinerary or request a complimentary itinerary tailored to your exact tastes simply get in touch with our planning specialists.

Tour Highlights: 

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16-Day Custom Tour Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Private Tours of Barcelona

Sagrada Família in barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

In the heart of Catalonia lies one of Europe’s greatest and oldest cities: Barcelona. The 2 days we have planned for you will reveal the stories behind the historic and cultural clashes taken place here over the centuries, the iconic architecture and artistic masterpieces by luminaries such as Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali amongst others, and of course the street markets, bars, museums, and galleries that make Barcelona the jewel in the Catalan crown.

Guided Tours of Barcelona:

  • Explore the one-of-a-kind architecture of Anton Gaudi Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo or Parc Guell
  • Savor traditional food markets like La Boqueria or the Santa Caterina Market
  • Tasty tapas, fine wines, and incredible seafood
  • Walking tours through cobbled streets and Mediterranean beaches
  • Discover ancient Barcelona’s Roman & Medieval heritage
  • Venture out  to explore Monserra, Girona, or Dali’s Figures

Day 3: Best of Catalan - Girona & Besalu

Girona, Spain

Today on a private chauffeured VIP day trip we’ll visit two of the most beautiful and charming towns in Catalonia which largely preserve their medieval corners and cobbled streets: Girona and Besalú.

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers, and has a long and distinguished history. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named it Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. 

Its huge 15th-century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world, dominates the skyline, yet much of the city’s attraction lies in exploring its labyrinthic cobbled streets, especially around the charming Jewish quarter. Its maze-like distribution, its medieval atmosphere, the charm of “Barri Vell” stores, and beautiful corners make it a fascinating visit. Old Girona also retains much of its Kabbalistic mystery and wisdom since the Middle Ages. 

Besalú, a beautiful village 40km northwest, has one of Catalonia’s best-preserved medieval Jewish quarters and one of the most beautiful bridge views in the region. Its charming streets take us back to those days when the mikvé and the synagogue were part of everyday life and coexisted naturally with the rest of the community.

Best of Spain & Portugal

“I urge everyone who values unforgettable vacations to contact Magical Spain and talk to Dan or Rachel.

Beyond the personalized planning and fine 24-7 tour support, we loved the quality and care of the licensed guides, the delicious tapas, the exotic ambiance of Seville and Granada, Madrid’s majesty and art, medieval Toledo, and meeting the olive oil estate owners, artist, chef & winemaker.”

R. Mathews, wife & friends (Northern Virginia)


Day 4: Mediterranean Sailing from Barcelona

Barcelona Sailboat Spain
Private Sailboat from Barcelona, Spain

The sea is an extension of Barcelona. The city looks out on the Mediterranean and the ocean brings light to the city. You’re going to have to get wet to take advantage of the excellent maritime plans we have prepared!

Jump aboard a private sailing boat and admire Barcelona’s unique skyline: the Sagrada Família, the Rambla, the beaches, or the Barceloneta fishermen quarter from a different and exciting point of view.

A perfect family experience to spend a morning or afternoon together, where kids can enjoy sailing while parents relax on the boat. Or maybe a romantic outing for a couple with a sunset sail, enjoying a glass of cava with the incredible background of the Mediterranean sea and its beautiful coast.

Day 5: San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain

Your chauffeur will collect you from your accommodation in the morning to take you to the airport for the brief 1-hour flight to Basque Country and San Sebastian.

Enjoying a reputation as one of the premier locations for foodies, the stunning coastal town of San Sebastian is often criminally underlooked by tourists on their Spanish vacation. Aside from the majestic castles and coastline on display, your private guide will be able to introduce you to facets of the completely unique and fascinating Basque culture as you enjoy some pintxo – a style of eating where you enjoy small plates bar to bar, standing up.

Private Tours of San Sebastian:

  • Savor your share of pintxos (Vasque small plates)
  • Enjoy one of Europe’s top beaches, Playa de la Concha
  • Stroll beautiful seaside promenades
  • Visit a Basque Cooking Club
  • Get an aerial view of the city from the summit of Monte Igueldo
  • Surf on Playa de la Zurriola
  • See the cannons and forts that fought Napoleon
  • Sip Txakoli, an effervescent light white wine or silky Rioja reds

Day 6: Rioja

Rioja Vineyards, Spain

A two-hour chauffeured drive from your base in San Sebastian lies La Rioja – perhaps the finest wine region in Spain.

Boasting over 500 wine estates and known the world over for producing some of the finest wines from all of Spain, Rioja has plenty in store for you whether you are a wine aficionado or just a keen novice!

Moreover, outside of fantastic wine tours, there are a wide variety of sun-kissed villages, cultural attractions, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and natural beauty on display for you to explore with your guide.

Rioja Private Tour Ideas:

  • ​Wine tasting or making experience with a local specialist
  • Discover medieval stone villages like Laguardia and the beautiful Rioja mountains
  • Walk or cycle vineyards, before wine tasting lunches at Spain’s top bodegas/wineries.
  • Visit amazing winery buildings of celebrity architects like Zaha Hadid or Santiago Calatrava.
  • Enjoy the tantalizing tapas and wine bars of Haro

After a full day’s tour and your fill of fine wine, your chauffeur will guide you back to your San Sebastian accommodation in the evening.

Day 7 & 8: Relaxing in Mallorca

Le Seu Cathedral, Mallorca, Spain
Le Seu Cathedral, Mallorca, Spain

Whilst we all love to be active on our vacations, when visiting the land of the siesta it is only natural that we should want to spend some blissful time on a Mediterranean island with nothing to stress over except luxuriating in the basking sun and listening to the gentle crashing of the waves washing upon the fine white sandy beaches.

After a brief 1 hr 20 minute flight from San Sebastian, you will find yourself on a postcard-perfect Balearic island of Mallorca, or as it’s sometimes called… Majorca!

What to do in Mallorca:

  • Relax on Mediterranean beaches with turquoise waters
  • Savor vineyards, olive groves & almond trees
  • Explore beautiful hill towns & medieval monasteries
  • Tour beautiful 13th century Le Seu Cathedral
  • Taste the freshest of seafood & tapas at seaside restaurants
  • Enjoy all forms of watersports
  • Walk the coastal trails of Formentor and Cap d’es Pinar
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“Thanks for the great work during our Spanish Food and Wine Adventure…. you guys really know your stuff and are great guides & hosts! We’ll be back for northern Spain in the future!”

The Marshall Clan (Dallas, TX)


Day 9: Malaga

Aerial view of Malaga and the bay.
Malaga, Spain

This morning you are leaving the sandy beaches of Mallorca for a quick 1.5-hour flight to Andalucia and the popular coastal town of Malaga. 

Gaining a reputation as the Barcelona of Andalucia, exploring the cultural side of Malaga makes for a fascinating time with your private guide. Indeed, Malaga wears its history on its sleeve to the extinct that it wouldn’t be unfair to describe the city as an open-air museum, with cultural artifacts on display dating back to the 3rd century and Roman rule, a strong influence from the reign of the Moors and an enduring impression from when the city was re-conquered by the Christians in the 15th century.

As night falls, the atmosphere in Malaga kicks into another gear and its fashionable neighborhoods and stylish bars come to life.

Where to tour with your private guide in Malaga:

  • Discover the birthplace of world-famous artist Pablo Picasso 
  • Enjoy a tour of Malaga old town and al fresco dining
  • Explore the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress used by Hollywood
  • Eat the freshest seafood and tastiest tapas
  • Savor the historic Picasso museum

Day 10: Granada & the Alhambra private tour

Alhambra private tour in Granada.
Alhambra, Spain

Your private driver-guide for the day will collect you from your central Malga location as we make our way to Granada, and the Alhambra, perhaps the jewel in the crown of Andalucia and a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mind-blowing Alhambra, encompasses a hilltop citadel, palace, and gardens that bring to life many fantasies of 1001 Arabian Nights. With our expert guides, your adventure will go beyond mass-market offerings by adding their insider savvy, stories of legends, and history that most tourists might never discover on their own.

This includes the Alcazaba, Nazarí Palaces, Palace of Charles V, and Generalife Gardens, all with a fantastic view over the small city of Granada down below the Alhambra citadel.

Private tours of Granada:

  • Tour the exotic beauty of the rose-tinted Alhambra Palace and lush gardens 
  • Savor gourmet extra virgin olive oils, local tapas & wines
  • Venture out to the Alpujarras medieval mountain villages & trails.
  • See the final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella at the Capilla Real
  • Get a taste of Morocco at the Alcaiceria Bazaar
  • Admire the vistas and beauty of the Albayzin medieval district
  • Visit unique caves in the Sacromonte mountain monastery

“Outstanding, seamless planning with a very personalized itinerary executed perfectly…..

In Spain, we felt like VIPs as we met the winemakers in La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the chefs, the village mayor  and flamenco dancer in Sevilla! The unique experiences and memories beat that of 4 or 5 cruises.  We will be back to do Andalucia or Portugal in a few years”

Scott & Kisha McCann (NYC)


Day 11: Seville

Tour of the Real Alcázar de Sevilla.
Real Alcázar de Sevilla, Spain

Seville (or Sevilla in Spanish) is a beautiful, historic river city and capital of Andalucia. Your private guide and chauffeur will collect you in the morning at your Malaga accommodation as you make your way towards Seville, stopping for lunch at Osuna village – famed for its Baroque houses, churches, and palaces.

Enjoy an eclectic mix of Moorish, medieval, renaissance, and gothic architecture and cuisine which tells the story of the city’s unique history. Warm summers and sunny mild winters make it a popular destination all year round as tourists come to lap up its unique charm and explore the enormous cathedral, stunning Palacios, patios and gardens, laid-back bars, and flamenco clubs.

Between the narrow medieval lanes and Roman ruins, you will find a handful of Spain’s hidden gems in the form of parks, bars, and most notably, the city’s ancient baths. However, a true highlight will be your private tour of Seville Cathedral. Conceived on a magnificent scale by the Canons of Seville as far back as 1401, the Cathedral of Seville is still today one of the largest churches in Europe and the largest in Spain.

 It doesn’t fail to impress and not just by its sheer size – the main nave rises to a dizzying 42 meters. There is a wealth of art contained within, not least the fabulous Main Altar and though principally gothic, there are also some Islamic architectural elements.

Private Guided tours of Seville:

  • Feel the passion of flamenco, the traditional song, dance, and guitar performance.
  • Stroll Seville’s orange-tree-lined lanes of the Santa Cruz historic district 
  • Discover palatial Moorish Royal Alcazar fortress and gardens, the gigantic Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the Plaza Espana, used by Hollywood numerous times.
  • Climb La Giralda tower and the Torre del Oro

Day 12: Private Day trip to Doñana Nature Reserve

Doñana Nature Reserve
Doñana Nature Reserve, Spain

This private excursion starts with a driver picking you up from your Seville lodging.

One of the greatest Spanish natural treasures is in the Park of Doñana and not only for its strange landscape of marshes dotted with pine forests. 

Between the rivers, Tinto, Guadalquivir, and the spectacular virgin beaches of its Atlantic coast, these freshwater plains that dry in summer are the place of passage, breeding, and wintering of more than three hundred species of aquatic and terrestrial birds. 

Because of its status as a crossroads between Africa and Europe, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, birds are numbered in the hundreds of thousands at the time of migration. The park is also home to the elegant Iberian lynx, the majestic imperial eagle, and the nice blackberry tortoise, three species in danger of extinction to which the park seeks shelter. Nature in its pure state. 

A complete day designed for people interested in bird watching or nature photography and with the knowledge to make the most of this experience. We will meet our guide before dawn to visit the forest and marsh areas in the north of the Doñana National Park.

Day 13: Discover Córdoba on a Guided Day Tour

Cordoba palace in spain
Córdoba, Spain

Enjoy the Moorish, Roman & Jewish heritage of Córdoba, once the richest in Europe. On our private guided tour, discover the best of this UNESCO-listed old town including the Roman bridge, once crossed by Julius Caesar, the Mezquita. 

Now a Cathedral, originally the Mezquita was among the largest medieval mosques and still includes over 800 hand-cut columns, some from Roman times. Nearby your guide will help you navigate charming maze-like tiny winding streets of the old town of Córdoba. 

Master artist Julio Romero Torres – said to have influenced Picasso was from Córdoba and there is a fine museum here full of his dramatic regional paintings.

Cordoba Tour Activities:

  • Feel the passion of flamenco, the traditional song, dance, and guitar performance.
  • Stroll Seville’s orange-tree-lined lanes of the Santa Cruz historic district 
  • Discover palatial Moorish Royal Alcazar fortress and gardens, the gigantic Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the Plaza Espana, used by Hollywood numerous times.
  • Climb La Giralda tower and the Torre del Oro

Your private driver will deliver you back to your Seville accommodation for the night.

Day 14,15 & 16: Magnificent Madrid

Almudena cathedral in madrid
Madrid, Spain

To bring your ultimate 16-day itinerary of Spain to a close you will spend the final three days of your vacation in Madrid, the capital of Spain. Beginning with a short 1-hour flight from Seville, your private guide will be waiting to collect you from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.

From its royal palace to art museums to tapas bars, Madrid offers plenty to discover while wandering its boulevards. Sitting near the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish capital is the seat of not only the country’s government, but also of much of its culture, food, history, and art. 

With so much to do, it can be hard to exhaust Madrid’s many attractions, ranging from Buen Retiro Park to the Prado museum. But make sure to leave time to explore farther afield, where historic sights including El Escorial, Toledo, and Segovia make for perfect day trips.

Things To Do In Madrid:

  • Madrid is famous for vibrant energy, blue skies, elegant sun-kissed old town plazas, majestic architecture, leafy boulevards, and world-class art museums
  • visit renowned museums such as the Prado, the Reina Sofia Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • Explore the stately Royal Palace and imagine you are royalty!
  • Venture out to the El Escorial, Toledo, and Segovia for historic day trips
  •  Discover favorite neighborhoods, beautiful parks, and exclusive residential districts
  • Sip world-class wines and tapas al fresco or do Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Experience attractive, traditional food markets & the modern gourmet San Miguel Market

Request Your Own Customized Tour of Spain

The above 16-day tour itinerary was designed as a way to showcase some of the highlights of Spain. However, having been designing bespoke itineraries for high-class clients for over 20 years, we understand better than anyone that each client is different and deserves to have their vacation tailored to their tastes and to spend more time doing things that they enjoy.

We would love to discuss creating a complimentary just for your Spanish vacation. Our specialty is to include exclusive experiences not commonly available to the general public such as meeting Spanish artists, winemakers, nobility, chefs, fashion designers, or famous bullfighters at their estates.

Find out more by sending us an online inquiry today for a chat and a no-obligation bespoke itinerary!

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Meet the Founder of Magical Spain

Hola! I’m Dan O’Beirne C.E.O of Magical Spain, and an American family man who settled here over 20 years ago.

At the heart of Magical Spain lies my two passions in life, travel, and family. After working in the Health and Wellness sector back home in the U.S, my desire to travel led me to Spain where I met my beautiful wife-to-be, and where we now live with our young son. As our relationship blossomed, so did my love for the country, cultures, and people here. It was only natural then that Nuria and I should work together to create Magical Spain as a platform to share this passion and insight into Spain with our American clients.

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