11 days in Barcelona, Madrid & Lisbon Itinerary

11 days in Barcelona, Madrid & Lisbon Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights


Barcelona, Spain

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Barri Gòtic and Ciutat Vella. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt (in Santa Coloma de Cervello), La Playa de Sitges (in Sitges) and Circ Roma (in Tarragona). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barri de Gracia, stroll around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Born, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 18th (Mon), admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by La Latina, then take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

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Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Madrid is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 51°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, stroll through Praia de Carcavelos, and then grab your bike and head to Parque da Paz. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Rossio Square, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, wander the streets of Rua Augusta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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