From Madrid to Barcelona in 7 days
What better way than getting to know two main cities from the commodity of travelling with the very efficient and rapid Renfe trains in Spain? These trains have revolutionized the way things work, as nowadays there are people that live in Madrid and work in Barcelona, just 2 and a half hours away. It is really a chance to be connected in the best possible way! With this itinerary you will enjoy these two main cities forgetting about traffic, flights, long car rides... It is all so close it will save time when we only have seven days to explore both cities profoundly.
As always, we can customize and tailor-made your Self Drive Tours, just let us know. This trip can also be organized with a rental car from one city to the next, stopping in various cities along the way.
Train Tickets will not be included. Price information will be informed upon reservation and confirmation as these change constantly.
MEET THE TWO RIVALS
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival & City Tour. Arrival in Madrid and private transportation to the hotel. Explore this wonderful city at your own pace.
Accommodation for three nights at: Hotel Unico ***** / Hotel Urso *****
Day 2: Visit Madrid and its treasures. Take the day to visit the local gems of the city, walk around the historic center and just explore the hidden secrets of this magnificent city.
Day 3: Take a train and visit Toledo. Definitely the best way of visiting this city and its historic center. The small streets make it almost impossible to travel by car, with this fast and easy way you will forget of the “where do I park the car” question and focus on the culture and fun. Enjoy the gastronomy and the labyrinth of streets.
Day 4: Hotel check-out and take the 2.5 hours train to Barcelona. A nonstop fast train that will take you to the city center in just minutes. Have breakfast in Madrid and lunch in Barcelona.
Accommodation for three nights at: Hotel Majestic ***** / Hotel OMM *****
Day 5: Enjoy the city of Barcelona and the gothic Quarter with its beautiful Picasso Museum.
Day 6: Full day at leisure. Do not forget to explore the Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi monuments worth visiting.
Day 7: Hotel check out and transfer to the airport.
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Madrid: Strategically located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, it is the Capital City of Spain and therefore, one of the most touristic and important cities of the country. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments. Among its highlights are the medieval centre dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the Prado Museum. As capital, Madrid is home of the Royal family, the Spanish Government and many other national institutions. The town has a long and fascinating history and all over Madrid there are monuments and museums of great artistically value. Apart from Madrid the province is also full of interesting sites to visit such as El Escorial, Aranjuez and Alcala de Henares all names UNESCO world Heritage Cities. It is a city full of life where travellers will feel welcome. Enjoy the street life and the numerous tapas bars and cafes where you will be amazed by the “madrileños” passion for life.
Toledo: Located on the banks of the river Tagus, was known as Toletum during the Roman presence before the 2nd century BC. A very important area for a long period in history, Toledo became known as the “city of the three cultures”, for Christians, Arabs and Jews dwelled together here for centuries. This accounts for the incredible cultural legacy to be found here, which led to the declaration of World Heritage by UNESCO. In Toledo, you can admire several monuments with influences from these different cultures, such as the Gothic Cathedral, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, the church of Santo Tomé, where you can find a famous painting by El Greco, and the Alcazár Fortress.
Catalonia: One of the most charismatic regions of Spain. Known by strong traditions and for being particular different from the rest of Spain. An own language (Catalan) and a remarkable cultural art legacy, embodied by the stunning works of Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, places Catalonia as a world reference. A marked geographical diversity: spectacular beaches and an impressive mountain landscape allows a wide range of vacation activities. Prepare yourself for a world-class gastronomy, a Mediterranean flavour experience with outstanding traditional recipes.
Barcelona: Capital of Catalonia, is located at the Mediterranean Sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. With an old history heritage, here you will find monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. From the legendary modernist architecture legacy by Antoni Gaudí to the spectacular coastline that opens the city to the Mediterranean, Barcelona and leader in leisure and cuisine seduces the visitor in numerous ways. Strolling around the streets will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. A city that is always pulsating creativity and life.
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