15 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

15 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Madrid
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Barcelona
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Madrid

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Venture out of the city with trips to Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park (in Carrascal del Rio), Caballos la Vereda (in Riaza) and Cueva de los Enebralejos (in Pradena). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online tour builder.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in March; daily highs in Madrid reach 59°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

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Barcelona

— 8 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get outdoors at La Fageda d'en Jorda and Sailing Experience Barcelona. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Renteolo (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (in Olot) and Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stop by La Barceloneta, and admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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