43 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

43 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Madrid
— 22 nights
2
Barcelona
— 19 nights

22
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Segovia (Iglesia de El Salvador, Santa Cruz la Real, &more), Toledo (Ayuntamiento de Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more) and Boca del Asno (in Valsain). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Madrid is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, expect Madrid to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Boca del Asno
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 30:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

19
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: PortAventura (in Salou), Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town), Ermita Sant Grau d'Ardenya, &more) and Blanes (Font Gotica & Portal de la Costa Brava). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Barcelona. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Blanes, PortAventura, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, PlayVR Lloret
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 18:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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