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 Girona Cathedral (Catedral) and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Venture out of the city with trips to Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar) and Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar). There's much more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Barcelona, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 26°C and lows of 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Vila Vella (Old Town), Girona Cathedral (Catedral)
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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 Capellans Beach. Get some cultural insight at Anfiteatro de Tarragona and Reial Monestir De Santes Creus. Change things up with these side-trips from Sitges: Llarga Beach (in Salou), Gaudi Centre Reus (in Reus) and Ermita Mare de Deu de la Roca (in Montroig). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Muralla romana de Tarragona and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sitges trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Sitges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October in Sitges, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Sitges

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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