Route & dates
6 days in Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary
Madrid— 1 night
Train: 2 h
Barcelona— 4 nights
Fly: 5 h
Cultural Capital of Spain
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.Your list of things to see and do now includes Plaza de Oriente, Arab Wall, Puerta del Sol, and other attractions. On the 26th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Puerta de Toledo, contemplate the long history of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio De Cristal, and finally don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Arab Wall, make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, then appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala, and finally pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Cibeles.
To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Madrid journey planner.
If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In May in Madrid, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.
Things to do in Madrid
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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 list of things to see and do now includes Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo, Port Vell, Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Basilica Galeria and Mercat Santa Caterina. Head to Vom FASS Barcelona and Casa Gispertfor some retail therapy.
To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour itinerary planner.
You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Barcelona
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