15 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

15 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Madrid
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Barcelona
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Madrid

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace of Madrid and Templo de Debod. Venture out of the city with trips to Caballos la Vereda (in Riaza), Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park (in Carrascal del Rio) and Cueva de los Enebralejos (in Pradena). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid driving holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Madrid, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Madrid: highs are around 59°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

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Barcelona

— 8 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get outdoors at La Fageda d'en Jorda and Playa de La Barceloneta. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (in Olot), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Renteolo (in Sant Feliu de Guixols). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and shop like a local with La Boqueria.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Barcelona. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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