Route & dates
11 days in Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona Itinerary
Madrid— 3 nights
Drive: 4 h
Valencia— 2 nights
Drive: 3 h 30 min
Barcelona— 5 nights
Cultural Capital of Spain
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.You've added Edificio Gran Via 32, Plaza de Espana Madrid, Mercado San Miguel, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Gran Via.
To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip planning app.
If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 24th (Thu), you're off to Valencia.
Things to do in Madrid
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City of Mediterranean Light
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.You've added Valencia Cathedral, Torres de Serranos, Chapel of the Holy Grail, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Torres de Serranos and then steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral.
Plan my day in Valencia using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.
Things to do in Valencia
Playa de la Patacona
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Jewel of the Mediterranean
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Visit Fenals Beach and Playa de La Barceloneta for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar), Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Sitges (La Playa de Sitges & Ernesto de Barcelona). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, look for gifts at Casa Gispert, and stop by El Barri Gòtic.
For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.
You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in May, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Barcelona
Lloret de Mar, Sitges, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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