15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Sao Paulo Itinerary

15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Sao Paulo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Bus + Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alcazar of Segovia and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Visit The Walls of Avila and Royal Palace of Madrid for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo & Catedral Primada), Avila (Casco Historico de Avila, Cathedral of Avila, &more) and Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid online tour itinerary builder.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in July, things will get a bit warmer in Madrid: highs are around 40°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

6
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parc Guell and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Venture out of the city with trips to Plaza de Sant Antoni (in Altafulla), Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Art Gallery Blanco Grane - Tossa de Mar (in Tossa de Mar). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Pineda, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Plaza de Sant Antoni, Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Fenals Beach, Playa de la Pineda
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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You'll explore and learn at Museu do Futebol and Catavento Cultural e Educacional. Shop till you drop at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo and Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Liberdade, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Sao Paulo takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Barcelona to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Museu do Futebol ©
Museu do Futebol
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil ©
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

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