25 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

25 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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25 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
1
Barcelona
— 21 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Venice

21
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and Playa de la Pineda. Family-friendly places like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Salou (Illuminated Fountain, Capellans Beach, & more), Room Escape Games (in Mataro) and Tarragona (Pont del Diable, La Torre de Los Escipiones, & more). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Fosca Beach, stroll through La Playa de Sitges, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the interesting displays at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona route planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Salou, Tarragona, Girona, Castelldefels, Malgrat de Mar
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Llevant Beach ©
Llevant Beach

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then stroll around Parque del Retiro. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Madrid online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Wine Tours & Tastings

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