14 days in Athens & Spain Itinerary

14 days in Athens & Spain Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Monastiraki and then stop by Plaka.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens vacation planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, Athens is a bit cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to Marbella.
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Marbella, Spain — 3 nights

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Climbing Tours and Born to be Wild. Take a break from Marbella with a short trip to Bikestardo in La Cala de Mijas, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc, make a trip to Torre de Banos o Casasola, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cabopino Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marbella driving holiday planner.

Getting from Athens to Marbella by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Marbella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaza de Santa Ana, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid road trip planning website.

Getting from Marbella to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Marbella in July: highs in Madrid hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Family-friendly places like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, visit El Barri Gòtic, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and don't miss a visit to The Magic Fountain.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, visit Plaka, and then stop by Sandal Mania.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Athens road trip planning site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Athens is 1 hour. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Spain travel guide

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A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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