12 days in Barcelona, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

12 days in Barcelona, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

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12 days in Barcelona, Seville & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Barcelona
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
2
Seville
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Madrid
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tours Barcelona, Parc Guell and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Anfiteatro de Tarragona and Ciutat Vella. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Illuminated Fountain (in Salou).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Barcelona. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Barcelona, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fenals Beach, Illuminated Fountain, Anfiteatro de Tarragona
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Anfiteatro de Tarragona ©
Anfiteatro de Tarragona
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

3
nights
Seville

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Heart of Sevilla Free Tours, Metropol Parasol, Royal Tobacco Factory, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville. Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Sevilla and Museo Lara. Take a break from Seville with a short trip to Cueva de la Pileta in Benaojan, about 1h 50 min away.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seville journey planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Seville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. You will leave for Madrid on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Seville

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museo Lara, Cueva de la Pileta
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've now added Templo de Debod to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Mirador del Valle. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Catedral Primada & El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, stroll around Parque del Retiro, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August in Madrid, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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