20 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

20 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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20 days in Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Barcelona
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Madrid
— 11 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Fortaleza

7
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get in touch with nature at La Barceloneta and Montgat Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou, and make a trip to La Boqueria.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip builder website .

Fortaleza, Brazil to Barcelona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fortaleza to Barcelona is 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Fortaleza in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Montgat Beach
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

11
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Step out of the city life by going to Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) and Climbing Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Catedral Primada, Casco Historico de Toledo, & more). On the 5th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada - Estacion de Esqui. Dedicate the 11th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), and wander the streets of Gran Via.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Madrid travel planning website .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

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