13 days in Barcelona, Sitges & Madrid Itinerary

13 days in Barcelona, Sitges & Madrid Itinerary

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13 days in Barcelona, Sitges & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Barcelona
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
2
Sitges
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Madrid
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Ottawa

6
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 out of the city life by going to Fenals Beach and Playa de La Barceloneta. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Vila Vella (Old Town). Venture out of the city with trips to Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Girona Cathedral (Catedral) (in Girona). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planning tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Barcelona is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in October; daily highs in Barcelona reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Sitges.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Girona Cathedral (Catedral), Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Sitges

Sitges ©
Sitges is a town about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, in Catalonia, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. Get outdoors at Playa Balmins and Llarga Beach. Get some cultural insight at Anfiteatro de Tarragona and Muralla romana de Tarragona. Change things up with these side-trips from Sitges: Gaudi Centre Reus (in Reus), Ermita Mare de Deu de la Roca (in Montroig) and Capellans Beach (in Salou). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Reial Monestir De Santes Creus and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sitges trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Sitges by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. October in Sitges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Sitges

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tarragona, Salou, Gaudi Centre Reus, Ermita Mare de Deu de la Roca, Reial Monestir De Santes Creus
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Anfiteatro de Tarragona ©
Anfiteatro de Tarragona
Gaudi Centre Reus ©
Gaudi Centre Reus
Ermita Mare de Deu de la Roca ©
Ermita Mare de Deu de la Roca

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama and then trek along Senda de la Cascada del Purgatorio. On your second day here, take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, then wander the streets of Gran Via, then get a taste of the local shopping with Barrio de Salamanca, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sitges to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sitges in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Madrid, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Rascafria
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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

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