43 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

43 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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43 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  11​h
1
Madrid
— 22 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona
— 19 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Abu Dhabi

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: Boca del Asno (in Valsain), Toledo (Ayuntamiento de Toledo, Catedral Primada, & more) and Segovia (Iglesia de El Salvador, Santa Cruz la Real, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, have some family-friendly fun at EXIT Madrid, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Madrid trip builder app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Madrid is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, expect Madrid to be colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Boca del Asno
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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: Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town), Ermita Sant Grau d'Ardenya, & more), Blanes (Font Gotica & Portal de la Costa Brava) and PortAventura (in Salou). 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 awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planner .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°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, PlayVR Lloret, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, PortAventura
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 18:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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