13 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

13 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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13 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
train:  2​h 45​min
1
Madrid
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona
— 11 nights
End: Barcelona

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, admire the striking features of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Puerta del Sol and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madrid travel itinerary planner.

In August in Madrid, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

11
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Dedicate the 7th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and stroll through La Barceloneta.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 22°C.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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