11 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

11 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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11 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Barcelona
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Madrid
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Dubai

5
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 El Born, Museu Picasso, CosmoCaixa Barcelona, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vila Vella (Old Town) and Great Beach. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Barcelona is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Barcelona to be colder, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tossa de Mar
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El Born ©
El Born
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Cerralbo, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Wine Lovers - Amantes del vino, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Alcazar of Segovia. Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno), Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial) and Toledo (Catedral Primada & Synagogue of Saint Mary the White). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Walls of Avila, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Four Posts, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Madrid itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Alcazar of Segovia, Playa del Alberche, Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

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