15 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

15 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Madrid
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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 Plaza Mayor. 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). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online tour builder.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in March; daily highs in Madrid reach 59°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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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 Sailing Experience Barcelona. Visit Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Renteolo (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, stop by La Barceloneta, and take in the waterfront at Port Vell.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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