5 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

5 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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5 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Madrid
— 2 nights
End: Madrid

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip website.

Madrid to Barcelona is an approximately 3- hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Do your shopping at Mercado San Miguel and Gran Via. Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum & Jacinta & Maria Chocolates) and Alcazar of Segovia (in Segovia). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid vacation maker website.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Toledo, Alcazar of Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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