Barcelona is a city where you can get happily lost—in its energy, its culture, and its cuisine. With as little as 24 hours in Catalonia's capital, you can see the highlights, but with multiple days you'll discover even more of its treasures. Continue reading for the best options for activities in Barcelona, whether you're there for one day or five.
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No visit here would be complete without learning more about the work of its most illustrious architect and the most famous representative of Catalan Modernism: Antoni Gaudí, who has defined how Barcelona looks today. Stroll around Gaudí’s Park Güell, a wonderful expanse where nature and art meet, and marvel at the soaring heights of the Sagrada Familia, the iconic basilica that is already a UNESCO World Heritage site, even though it is still under construction.
Kimkim travelers can participate in the Barcelona ritual of Vermouth tasting, getting insights into the drink's history along the way, go on a Gaudí walk to discover the architect's impressive legacy in the city or discover the fascinating Gothic Quarter through their taste buds sampling delicious tapas.
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Madrid or Barcelona? These cities have different character and attractions, and we generally recommend spending time in both places on a moderately-paced trip. But for travelers with less time to spend, Spain's two top cities provide a tough choice. Here are some important things to consider if you have to choose between Madrid or Barcelona.
With one of the longest and most popular coastlines in Europe and a siesta every afternoon, Spain practically insists on its visitors relaxing. Add in one of Europe's most sensual dances, flamenco, an abundance of that ultimate sharing food, tapas and some devastatingly beautiful architecture, gardens and produce-rich countryside, and it becomes clear why this is among Europe's foremost honeymoon destinations, too. Here are the top places to visit on a honeymoon in Spain, and the top things to do in each.
Barcelona's hotels are as varied as the city's many attractions, whether you see it as the city of Gaudí and Picasso or a haven of Gothic architecture. Choose a place to stay that reflects your favorite aspect of the city's scene with one of our top picks for the best boutique hotels in Barcelona, whether in hip El Born or the grandiose Eixample neighborhoods.
A bustling, vibrant city with deep Roman and medieval roots, Barcelona offers a little bit of everything. Discover a unique blend of architecture, from 20th-century modernism to avant-garde, while getting lost in buzzy market halls, wandering colorful gardens, and eating your way through the historic Gothic Quarter. Explore Gaudí's famous creations like the Sagrada Familia, spend a day at the beach, attend a Spanish guitar concert, or go wine tasting in the countryside.
One of Barcelona's most historic and picturesque neighborhoods is the Gothic Quarter. Aptly named, it features medieval architecture and sites like the Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Anna Church, Bishop's Bridge, and the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi. Staying here means you'll be in the heart of the city's history and within walking distance to unlimited sites, parks, eateries, and tapas bars.
Hotels with rooftop terraces are pretty popular in Barcelona, as the city has one of the most beautiful historic skylines in Europe. As a bonus, you'll also get sea and mountain views. But it's not just the luxury hotels that offer this perk; you'll find plenty of mid-range properties with some of the best rooftops in Barcelona.
A beautiful rooftop terrace with cool amenities and incredible city views is the icing on the cake for luxury hotels. These elegant properties provide a range of perks from top to bottom, and relaxing on a rooftop terrace is the perfect way to end a busy day exploring Barcelona. Luckily, many luxury hotels in Barcelona have them, and all of our top picks are in the scenic Gothic Quarter, which only adds to the experience.
Barcelona oozes elegance and charm, especially when it comes to its luxury boutique hotels. One of the best ways to elevate your trip to Catalunya's capital is to stay in an elegant yet small accommodation with unique perks like rooftop terraces, gourmet restaurants, and historical features. In Barcelona, you'll find several luxury boutique hotels to make your experience a grand and personal one.
When choosing a hotel in Barcelona, you'll find plenty of mid-range options that fit various budgets while still offering boutique perks, like historical elements, cozy lounges, and outdoor terraces. Whether traveling with your partner or bringing the whole family, some of the best mid-range boutique hotels in Barcelona provide amenities that suit any traveler.
When traveling with family—especially with young kiddos in tow—you might want accommodation with larger rooms, bunk beds, a swimming pool, kid-friendly restaurants, and entertaining attractions within walking distance. Sometimes, luxury hotels are the way to go because they offer many amenities that appeal to kids and adults alike. Plus, the cushy feel and elegant vibe don't hurt!
With excellent weather and one of the most beautiful historical centers in Europe, Barcelona has a reputation for incredible rooftop terraces, with many sitting atop the city's hotels. These rooftops can offer numerous perks, such as sun decks, outdoor pools, bars, eateries, live music, and views. While staying in the city, why not combine your hotel with a hip rooftop?
Barcelona is an ideal location when traveling with kids. The city never seems to get old for families, with gondolas and funiculars, large sweeping parks packed with entertainment, and beaches right in the city. But when traveling with the little ones in tow, it helps to choose a family-friendly hotel in Barcelona, too, of which there are plenty of options.
Barcelona is known for its boutique hotel selection, meaning you'll find various options throughout the city, including those that fit any budget. Barcelona's best standard boutique hotels are in the central neighborhoods and still offer fun perks, like rooftop terraces, complimentary happy hours, and stylish rooms.
What can make a family trip a little more manageable is the accommodation, but you don't necessarily need a posh 5-star hotel to stay comfy. Barcelona has several mid-range family-friendly hotels that offer kid-friendly perks that parents and the little ones will appreciate, like swimming pools, convenient onsite restaurants, and central locations next to the main sites.
Barcelona's historic center is the perfect place for families to stay, with so much to do in the Gothic Quarter, Eixample, and El Born neighborhoods. These areas also offer family-friendly accommodation for any budget. Some of the best standard hotels in Barcelona still provide those fun amenities that kids love, like rooftop terraces, convenient (and tasty) onsite restaurants, and cozy lounges for reading or playing board games.
Madrid is a city that lends itself to any budget, providing plenty of genuinely incredible hotels in the standard category. One thing will love about these hotels is that they preserve the city's amazing history. In fact, one of the best historical standard hotels in Madrid is over 400 years old. Plus, you'll find our picks throughout the city center, so you'll be within walking distance of nearly all the sites.
This 5-day tour is the perfect introduction to Spain's cosmopolitan hub of Catalonia. Let local guides show you Barcelona's best architectural sights, tree-lined streets, and tapas bars by foot and bicycle. You'll also take a sailing trip and a kayaking excursion in the Mediterranean to round out this fun adventure.
Enjoy the top offerings of Paris and Barcelona — from historic sites to culinary delights — on this 8-day trip. You'll start your trip in the City of Lights for a visit to the artistic Montmartre neighborhood and a wine & cheese tasting in a medieval cellar. Continue to Spain to see impressive Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture and feast on traditional Catalonian fare.
Barcelona is one of Spain's most beautiful and vibrant cities, and on this six-day tour you can really focus on what makes it so special. With a combination of time in the central city and surrounding areas, focusing on culture as well as natural attractions, you'll experience the best of Barcelona. Learn about its history and iconic architecture, get a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea along the Costa Brava, and take your pick of nearby day trip destinations.
This active weeklong adventure starts in cosmopolitan Barcelona where you'll explore the city's best landmarks, sail in the Mediterranean, and tour a stunning monastery tucked away in the mountains. From here, head north to Vic—a rural town surrounded by dreamy medieval architecture and hiking trails in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
This weeklong adventure offers a wonderful mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures in and around Barcelona. Start with several days in the colorful coastal city, touring Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, and cruising offshore on a sailboat. Detour to the famous Monastery of Montserrat, home to a renowned boys' choir that you'll hear perform. Then spend the last part of the trip hiking between picturesque villages in the Pyrenees Mountains and exploring the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava.
This nine-day itinerary combines the best of Barcelona with a bit of an island hop. It begins in the capital of Catalonia with visits to famous buildings, like the cathedral La Sagrada Familia, as well as tours of the local markets, a private cooking class, and cycling tours of the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta Beach. You'll cap the trip in the paradise of Menorca, where you'll ride horses and sunbathe on white-sand beaches.
This 6-day tour is the perfect introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off in the capital of cool—Barcelona—for architecture, tapas bars, and hip neighborhoods before finishing with two nights in the Costa Brava for beaches and wine tasting. In addition to private excursions, you'll get plenty of free time to round out this fun adventure.
Who says you can't enjoy the perfect European holiday in less than a week? This brisk six-day itinerary dispells that myth as you and the family enjoy a great adventure in Spain. It begins on the sun-kissed boulevards of Barcelona and ends at the historic plazas and royal palaces in Madrid—and includes plenty of time for food, fun, and family bonding.
There's fun for the whole family on this relaxed 6-day tour of eastern Spain. Starting in Barcelona, you'll ascend Mount Montjuic via cable cars, take a sunset sail around the harbor, and wander the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter. After a day trip exploring the wonders of surrounding Catalonia, you’ll head down the coast to finish your trip in Valencia, where all ages can marvel at underwater wonders in Europe’s largest aquarium and sample the city’s signature dish of paella.
Experience the best of eclectic Barcelona and València on this 9-day itinerary, featuring tapas, beaches, and guided city tours. Start in Barcelona where you'll explore Gaudí's whimsical architecture with La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and Casa Milà, before heading to the mountains to discover the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. You'll then ride the high-speed EuroMed to València, the home of paella, to immerse yourself amid medieval buildings, future-forward structures, and golden-sand beaches.
A vacation in the paradise of Menorca is one thing—combining it with a visit to Barcelona is quite another. This eight-day itinerary will see you live it up in Catalonia's capital on tours of the city as well as participating in a cooking class. Then you're off to Menorca, a tranquil island in the Balearics, where you'll horseback along the white-sand beaches and perhaps explore the coast on a kayak excursion.
This nine-day itinerary combines the best of Catalan culture with one of its most beautiful assets: the island of Mallorca. To start, you'll uncover the sights, sounds, and flavors of Barcelona on cycling excursions around its historic Gothic Quarter, architecture tours of its most famous buildings, and cooking classes and visits to local markets. A fitting end to this unforgettable holiday will be jetting off to the island of Mallorca, where you'll sail its rocky coast and hike its breathtaking mountains.
This 8-day itinerary is pure holiday bliss on the Mediterranean. Kick off the trip in Barcelona, an enchanting European city that needs no introduction, where you'll have a few days to explore Gaudi's architectural masterpieces and the popular gastro scene (i.e. tapas galore). From here, you'll jet off to the capital of cool—Ibiza island—for five days of white-sand beaches, sparkling seas, and serious bohemian relaxation.
For most travelers, 6 to 9 days is the perfect amount of time for a Spain trip with stops in both Barcelona and Madrid. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as about 5 days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop, or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Seville, Valencia, or Córdoba. See more ideas for Barcelona and Madrid itineraries below.
This complete nine-day cultural itinerary features the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, the quaint villages along the rugged Costa Brava coastline, as well as a day trip into the Montserrat mountains. You'll experience a broad range of cultural tours covering the history, architecture, and ancient and current traditions at the hands of knowledgeable private guides, with free time to go at your own pace. You'll drink wine, eat authentic Catalan fare, and swim in the Mediterranean.
This 7-day adventure combines a mix of private tours and free time for the ultimate introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off the week in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Gaudí architecture, tapas bars, and Mediterranean beaches. Then head north to the Costa Brava for kayaking, Dalí culture, and wine tasting—all while staying in a medieval town loaded with great restaurants.
Experience northern Spain through a series of private gastronomic and cultural experiences over nine days. Get to know the world of Spanish wine in La Rioja, tour modernist architecture in Barcelona, try pintxos in San Sebastián, and dine in beautiful Bilbao. Throughout the tour, you'll see these areas through the eyes of a local with knowledgable private guides.
Five days may not be much time, but if you focus your energy you can create the perfect Spanish holiday. This itinerary focuses on Madrid and Barcelona, and in the former, you'll visit its most famous city sights, enjoy gourmet walking tours, and visit local artisans. In Barcelona, you'll discover this Catalan gem via its cuisine as well as an unforgettable cruise around its port by sailboat.
In a mere week, you can enjoy the perfect family holiday in Spain. This itinerary focuses on the two most iconic cities in the nation, Madrid and Barcelona, and includes stops at the highlights of each. Moreover, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy Spain's world-famous cuisine and even take a day-trip to the medieval fortress city of Toledo.
Spain's best beaches aren't just on its Mediterranean coast—the Balearic Islands are also famous for their stretches of sand and sapphire waters. Regardless, you'll visit both on this week-long tour that first stops in Barcelona for some Catalan culture, cuisine, and architecture tours. Then you'll take a flight to the island of Mallorca, famous for its coastal inlets and towering limestone mountains.
With a full week, you can experience both the highlights of Spain's most famous cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Not only that but on this seven-day whirlwind itinerary, you'll also find time for day tours to historic towns outside the nation's capital. And when you do finally end up in Barcelona, prepare yourself for a delicious food tour and sunset sailing experience on top of visiting its most famous neighborhoods.
It's a great holiday when you get to visit two of the most beautiful locales in Spain, which is just what this nine-day itinerary offers. First, it's a cultural immersion in Barcelona where you'll get a heaping of Catalan culture in the form of cooking classes, architecture tours, and bicycle rides around its famous neighborhoods. The trip culminates with a flight to Mallorca, an island hotspot famous for its secluded coves and sapphire waters.
Whether you want fun in the sun or nights out on the town, this weeklong itinerary has you covered. It combines two great parts of Spain, the first being the historic streets of Catalonia's capital of Barcelona. After embarking on city tours of its most famous sights, you'll jet off to the island of Menorca, in the Balearics, where you'll wrap up your holiday with horseback rides along the beach and kayaking off the coast.
Even in a nation with a heavy tourism footprint like Spain, there are still secrets to discover. On this 11-day itinerary, you'll get to the heart of this incomparable nation on city tours of Madrid and Barcelona, hikes along the stunning Costa Brava, countryside wine tastings, and day trips to historic towns like Segovia and Pedraza. Plus there's a delicious encore as you tour cheese farms, olive-oil shops, and artisan chocolatiers.
Most travelers will find that 7 to 9 days is perfect for a well-paced Spain trip with stops in both Barcelona and the Costa Brava. It's possible to hit the highlights in 5 or 6 days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—one of the best-loved trip extensions includes the medieval town of Vic. See more ideas and itineraries below.
The only way to make a Barcelona vacation better is to include a jaunt to the Balearic Islands. This 12-day adventure begins with tours of the city's Gothic Quarter and Gaudí-designed buildings, plus a cooking class celebrating Catalan cuisine. After wine tasting near the holy site of Montserrat, you'll jet off to Mallorca and Menorca, where you'll embark on horseback rides and hikes around the islands.
To get off the beaten path in Madrid and Barcelona requires venturing beyond the popular city sights and immersing yourself in the culture. This 12-day itinerary offers such an experience, as you meet local artisans in Madrid, venture into the countryside for wine tours, go on art walks, enjoy tours of local markets and tapas bars, cycle around Barcelona, hike the Mediterranean coast, and more.
If food and wine are your passions, then this unparalleled 12-day trip through the heart of Spain's Basque Country has your name on it. You'll see Barcelona's highlights — including the Sagrada Familia — as well as the coastal towns of the Bay of Biscay. Tour family wineries, visit shepherds, and hop from pintxos bar to pintxos bar, grazing until your heart's content.
This exciting Catalonia tour begins in Barcelona where you'll experience tapas, architecture, and a nearby monastery in the mountains. Next, head to the sun-kissed coastline called Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200-km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water. Here you'll spend five days enjoying the Mediterranean Sea while staying in a medieval town loaded with great restaurants.
This 8-day Catalonia tour kicks off in cosmopolitan Barcelona where you'll experience top-notch cuisine and modern architecture via foot and bicycle. Next, drive to the sun-kissed Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200-km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water. Here you'll spend four blissful days exploring trails, medieval villages, and artwork thanks to its famous native, Salvador Dalí.
This eight-day vacation is just long enough for you to get to the heart of Spain's two most famous cities: Barcelona and Madrid. Perfect for families, it involves a nice mix of fun activities as well as an exciting day trip. These include visits to ancient cathedrals and palaces, stops at an amusement park, and a tour of the historic city of Toledo.
This 8-day tour takes you through the historic districts of Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, starting with a tapas tour and visit to the famous El Prado Museum in Spain's capital. Enjoy a day trip to a medieval city near Madrid before driving to the coast and eating paella in Valencia. End the trip in Barcelona by sailing its coastline and exploring its culinary scene.
Barcelona and Mallorca combine to make a perfect city/island holiday. This nine-day adventure begins in Barcelona, where you'll see highlights like the Sagrada Familia cathedral while also enjoying delicious Catalan flavors in a cooking class. Then it's off to the European island hotspot of Mallorca, where you'll tour the historic streets of Palma, sail around the coast, and even hike beautiful limestone mountains.
With a week and a day you can visit three of Spain's most beautiful regions. This luxury tour includes stops in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region. Not only does this itinerary include great food and accommodations, but you'll also be able to take city tours on foot and even by helicopter.
Six days is just enough time to relax and recharge in two of Spain's best places for just such a mission: Barcelona and Mallorca. First, you'll enjoy a bit of culture as you tour Barcelona's historic neighborhoods and stop at famous buildings like La Sagrada Familia. Then you'll visit the island of Mallorca for three days of coastal sailing trips, city tours, and mountain hikes featuring incredible views of the Mediterranean.
You'll discover everything that perfectly encapsulates Spain's Catalonia region on a visit to its capital of Barcelona. This 11-day trip includes touring its historic Gothic Quarter, bicycling around the waterfront, and sampling Catalan cuisine in the form of cooking classes and market tours. The last few days you'll fly to the Balearics and enjoy fun in the sun on two of its most beautiful islands: Mallorca and Menorca.
This brisk six-day tour of Spain not only includes visiting the most famous landmarks in Barcelona but also the most beautiful beaches of the Balearic Islands. It starts in Barcelona with an architecture tour that includes Gaudí masterpieces like Park Güell and Sagrada Familia. Then you're off to the island of Menorca, where you can explore its famously beautiful coast on both horseback and in a kayak.
This nine-day excursion allows you to enjoy the highlights of Spain with the entire family. It begins in the most famous coastal city in the country, Barcelona, and continues down to Valencia, a historic metropolis home to a science and oceanographic center the kids will love. The journey ends in Madrid with a tour of the local palaces as well as plenty of opportunities to indulge in Spain's world-class cuisine.
If you want a vacation that combines a cultural immersion in a historic city with some exotic island fun, this nine-day itinerary is for you. The city in question is Barcelona, and you'll discover it on walking tours of its iconic buildings, like Sagrada Familia, as well as cycling tours of its most famous neighborhoods, like the Gothic Quarter. Then it's off to Menorca and Mallorca, where you'll both hike and sail around these gorgeous isles.
Nine days is enough time to enjoy some of Spain's most beautiful regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. The adventure kicks off in Barcelona with a fun helicopter ride and then continues with walking tours of Madrid's historic streets. Finally, you'll end up in Seville, the capital of Andalusia and a city home to the most incredible Moorish architecture in the nation.
With a combination of private, small-group, and self-guided excursions, this lively 9-day itinerary explores the culture and cuisine of Spain's eastern coast. Start in Barcelona, where you'll tour Gaudi landmarks and sample Catalonia's best tapas in the medieval Gothic Quarter. Continue south along the Mediterranean to discover Valencia's blend of cutting-edge design and historic character while savoring the city's famous paella. End your journey in the vibrant port city of Alicante, where you'll learn to cook the regional cuisine, relax on golden beaches, and discover the spectacular coastline of the Costa Blanca.
You don't need much more than a week to enjoy the highlights of Spain. This includes indulging in its world-class cuisine, great wine, and rich culture. It's a nine-day journey that will take you from the coast of Barcelona to the royal palaces of Madrid and finally to the Moorish fortresses of Andalusia.
From medieval castles to some of the world's best wine, explore Spain's culture and history on this luxury weeklong getaway. Start in Barcelona where Catalan-modernist architecture dominates the landscape, then head to Madrid to enjoy tapas bars and live flamenco performances. End the trip in Seville with exclusive tours of Gothic churches, historic plazas, and royal palaces.
Check off Spain's three most exciting cities for a weeklong adventure you won't soon forget. The trip starts in Seville where you'll explore the best rooftops, tapas, and flamenco performers in the historic center. Then, train to Madrid (by way of Córdoba) and wander through the elegant streets and Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for beachy vibes and a private tour of La Sagrada Familia.
For most travelers, 8 to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for a Spain trip with stops in Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 6 or 7 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Granada or Valencia. Keep reading for more inspiring Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid itineraries.
This 10-day itinerary combines Spain's three most exciting cities with a nice mix of private tours and free time. Kick-off in Seville where you'll experience the beautiful historic center and up-and-coming Triana district. Next, train to Madrid—with a stop in Córdoba—and stroll through the elegant streets and world-famous Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Mediterranean beaches and Gaudí highlights.
There are no more beautiful locales in Spain's Catalonia region than Barcelona and the Balearic Islands. You'll visit both on a 10-day excursion that begins in Barcelona with bicycle rides through its historic neighborhoods as well as tours of its most impressive Gothic buildings. The final leg of the journey will see you hiking the gorgeous Tramuntana Mountains and sailing around the rocky coves of Mallorca and Menorca.
This week-long itinerary packs a lot of culture and activities into just a few days. The adventure begins in Barcelona with a tour of the city on foot and by helicopter. Then you're off to Madrid to see the city sights as well as attend an authentic flamenco performance. Finally, you'll head to Córdoba, a city known for beautiful medieval architecture and Moorish influences.
Even in less than a week, it's possible to get to the heart of Spain—you just need to focus on the right places. This six-day whirlwind cultural tour achieves exactly that by focusing on Madrid and Barcelona, ensuring you get the most out of each. Not only will you see famous sights like the Royal Palace and El Prado Museum, but expert local guides will give you a delicious introduction to both cities on private food tours.
In 10 days you can not only experience the natural beauty of Spain's different regions but you'll enjoy its cultural highlights as well. This involves a trip from Barcelona to Madrid and down into historic Andalusia. Along the way, you'll take a cooking class from a master chef, visit ancient fortresses, and of course attend an authentic flamenco show.
In 10 days you can experience the highlights of two incredible European countries. The adventure kicks off in Portugal with visits to two historic medieval cities: Lisbon and Porto. You'll then jet off to Madrid and immerse yourself in Spain's capital before hitting Barcelona, capping the experience with a beautiful hike along the Mediterranean on the famous Costa del Sol.
If you really want to do Spain differently, you'll not only visit the famous sights but you'll opt for cultural tours as well. This 10-day itinerary offers just such an authentic experience as you'll not only visit the plazas of Madrid and Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, but you'll take foodie tours and road trips to country villages. For a finishing touch, you'll enjoy a luxury sunset cruise on the Mediterranean Sea.
In just over a week you can not only experience the highlights of Spain but go off the beaten track as well. This eight-day itinerary delivers on the famous sights and neighborhoods of Madrid and Barcelona, but you'll really immerse yourself on gourmet walking tours of these cities. Throw in a sunset sailboat cruise around Barcelona and you have the recipe for the perfect Spanish holiday.
This 10-day luxury itinerary allows you to experience some major highlights of Spain in three different cities: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Not only will you be staying in the best lodgings, but you'll enjoy some exciting activities like helicopter tours, flamenco shows, a cooking class, and even a trip to an olive-oil estate. It's a well-rounded vacation that also includes indulging in Spain's world-renowned cuisine.
You can have a great time in Spain on a shoestring budget—but you can really have a holiday for the ages when you travel in luxury. That's just what this 14-day itinerary offers as you'll stay in the best lodgings in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Unforgettable activities along the way include day trips to historic towns, gourmet cooking classes, flamenco performances, wine tours, and more.
This comprehensive two-week itinerary spotlights the cultures and cuisines of Spain with an immersive blend of self-guided, small-group, and private tour experiences. Starting in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, you'll discover Modernist architecture and Catalan tapas before heading down the Mediterranean coast to Alicante for fresh seafood and the charms of the Costa Blanca. Tour Madrid's grand palaces and monuments, soak up Seville's vibrant Andalusian character, and wander the hallowed interiors of Granada's famed Alhambra. End your journey on the coast in Málaga, where you'll savor locally-grown delicacies from the region's olive and almond groves.
You'd be hard-pressed to find two more beautiful European countries to pack into a single vacation than Spain and Portugal. Each features medieval cities and towns, fertile wine regions, incredible food, historic landmarks, and some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. Over 11 days you'll experience this via city tours of Madrid and Lisbon, wine tastings, enjoying the sights of Barcelona, and coastal hikes along Spain's incomparable Costa Brava.
Who hasn't dreamed of a family vacation to Europe? This 11-day tour of Spain allows you and the kids to live that dream as you visit sunkissed Barcelona, the capital of Madrid, and the ancient Andalusia region. Along the way, you'll marvel at hillside castles, sample some of the finest cuisine in the world, visit royal palaces, and even enjoy a 4x4 offroading adventure.
In 11 days you can tour three different regions of Spain and not just visit highlight locales but enjoy unforgettable meals as well. The adventure begins in Barcelona with a cooking class taught by a master chef and continues to Madrid for tours of the city's most famous sights. Then you'll head down to Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish culture, ancient fortresses, and an incredible tapas culture.
11 days is enough time to visit multiple regions of Spain and see the major sights and enjoy the best activities. It's a luxury tour that begins with a helicopter ride over the sultry coastal city of Barcelona, followed by museum tours in Madrid, and then Moorish architecture in the Andalusia region. Of course, every step of the way you'll be enjoying the incredible cuisine for which Spain is deservedly famous.
This 8-day itinerary checks off Spain's three most exciting cities for an adventure you won't soon forget. Kick-off in Seville where you'll explore Moorish architecture and other top sites in the historic center. Then, train to Madrid (by way of Córdoba) and wander through the elegant streets and El Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for beachy vibes and a private tour of La Sagrada Familia.
The only thing better than enjoying a holiday in Spain's Balearic Islands is stopping first in Barcelona for some culture and city life. You'll discover Catalonia's capital on a self-guided tour as well as an organized excursion to some of the most famous landmarks designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí. You'll then fly to Menorca for some horseback riding around the island followed by a trip to Mallorca for sailing and mountain hikes.
On this 15-day tour of Spain, you'll see the most famous sights, partake in the most enjoyable activities, and you'll do so in style. You'll visit not only Barcelona and Madrid but you'll travel south into Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish history. Along the way, you'll take a helicopter tour of Barcelona, embark on a private art tour, enjoy a gourmet cooking class, and even visit an olive-oil estate.
With a week and a day you can plan an epic Spanish vacation that covers the major highlights, from incredible food and wine to amazing city sights. It begins in Barcelona with a combined architecture/helicopter tour followed by a traditional cooking class taught by a master chef. Then you'll head to Madrid for city tours and a flamenco show followed by a trip down to Andalusia and Córdoba, a city with incredible medieval landmarks.
Travelers who want to experience Spain's legendary culinary scene won't want to miss this 12-day food-forward tour filled with tapas, wineries, olive-oil tastings and more. Start with a gourmet tour of Madrid, enjoy a homecooked meal in the Cantabrian Mountains, dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the Cantabrian Coast, taste txakoli wine in San Sebastian, and end with an architecture and market tour in vibrant Barcelona.
Spain's world-renowned culture and historic sights are such that they can be enjoyed by travelers of all ages. It's the perfect country for a family vacation, and over 12 fun-filled days you'll experience the best Spain has to offer, from the Mediterranean coast down into the Andalusia region. Along the way, there will be day trips and adventures in unforgettable cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville.
The Iberian Peninsula is a popular tourist destination, but many travelers only visit either Spain or Portugal. On this 12-day itinerary, you'll go to both, experiencing the major highlights of each country. This includes tours of historic capital cities like Madrid and Lisbon, wine tours of northern Portugal, plus culture and fun in the sun in the stunning Catalonian capital of Barcelona.
In 12 days you can not only see three of Spain's major regions, but you can do so in style and luxury. It starts with tours by land and air of Barcelona, followed by some cultural tours (including an art hop) in Madrid. Finally, you'll end up in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, which is famous for Moorish palaces and incredible tapas cuisine.
To really experience Spain you need to visit different regions, immerse yourself in local culture, and sample as much delectable cuisine as possible. That's exactly what you'll do on a 12-day adventure that will take you from Barcelona to Madrid and down to Andalusia. Throughout the journey, you'll take gourmet cooking classes, attend an authentic flamenco show, and enjoy some of the greatest food and wine in the world.
See the best of Spain and Portugal with a harmonious mix of the "must-sees" and the off-the-beaten-track. Start in Barcelona before continuing to the country's capital, Madrid. From here, catch a short flight up to enchanting Porto for a few nights before making your way down through Lisbon, Évora, and the Alentejo region. Transfer back across the border to Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain, which is known for its flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, and cultural traditions.
This luxury tour of Spain includes visits to three different regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. You'll tour the highlight landmarks, enjoy great shows, and indulge in some of the world's most renowned cuisine. Throughout it all, you'll be staying in the best accommodations and enjoying optimum comfort.
13 days of culture and excitement in the lap of luxury is what's on offer with this itinerary. Your grand tour of Spain begins in Barcelona and continues to the capital of Madrid and into the southern Andalusia region. The activities you'll enjoy are many, and they include cooking classes, art tours, visits to royal palaces and Moorish fortresses, tours of olive fields, and of course enjoying incredible meals in the country's best restaurants.
Explore Spain's lively cities and vibrant culture, starting with a gourmet food tour in Madrid and a flamenco show in Seville. Stop in Córdoba to tour the Mezquita, then discover Granada's most popular site, the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Meander the historic district of Albaicín with a personal photographer before ending the trip in Barcelona by touring the works of Gaudí and enjoying a day trip.
Spain's welcoming culture, abundance of beautiful nature, and historic sights make any family trip here an exciting proposition. This 13-day itinerary is the perfect amount of time to get to know some of the major regions, including Catalonia and southern Andalusia. Naturally, this vacation includes stops in some of the most incredible cities in the country, including Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Málaga.
Traveling through Spain in style means not only seeing the sights but indulging in the best food and wine as well. That's just what you'll do over 13 days on a journey that will take you across three distinct regions of Spain: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. Of course, you'll witness historic landmarks and beautiful scenery, but just as crucially, you'll enjoy some of the greatest meals of your life.
Nine days is just enough time for a whirlwind tour of both nations of the Iberian Peninsula. It begins with tours of Lisbon and Porto, both historic bastions featuring well-preserved medieval castles, cathedrals, and grand plazas. Then you'll fly to Madrid to visit some highlights like the El Prado art museum. The adventure ends on the streets of Barcelona, where you'll visit the most iconic Catalan-modernism buildings designed by the master Gaudí.
This 10-day tour of Spain allows you to visit the highlights, like the plazas and palaces of Madrid, while also getting off the tourist track. This is a deep immersion into Spain's rich culture as you travel from the capital to Barcelona while also taking day trips to ancient villages like Pedraza and Segovia as well as countryside wineries. Throughout the adventure, you'll enjoy some delicious food as you stop at authentic tapas bars and covered markets.
Beyond the Ibiza beach parties and Barcelona nightclubs is a whole other Spain perfect for both adults and kids. This comprehensive 14-day tour celebrates the old and the new, from historic cities like Madrid and Seville to modern centers of art, culture, and science. Plus you'll enjoy day trips into the countryside and visit mountaintop amusement parks.
There's an art to living and eating well, one that finds its equilibrium in Spain. On a two-week luxury tour of this culturally rich nation, you'll stay in the finest accommodations as you make your way from Barcelona to Madrid and down into Andalusia. Each plot point on the journey will be defined by meals in some of Spain's best restaurants as you indulge in many of its regional gastronomic specialties and fine wines.
This 19-day itinerary allows you to visit three different regions of Spain, including Madrid, Basque Country, and Catalonia, as well as the Balearic Islands and Portugal. Throughout the adventure, you'll enjoy great food, wine tours, a flamenco show, historic Gothic architecture, and even make time for a bit of island-hopping in Ibiza and Mallorca. You'll also fly into Portugal to explore the cities of Porto and Lisbon, as well as the wine region in the Douro Valley and the famous palace of Sintra.
This 2-week trip leads you through Spain's major cities while also experiencing unique nature and beaches in the Canary Islands. Explore the historic city centers of Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville with tapas tours, flamenco dancing, bike rides, and sailing excursions. Enjoy a Jeep safari on the slopes of a volcano, go whale watching, and hike the Caminito del Rey trail, plus tour the famous Alhambra and enjoy a sherry tasting in Jerez.
Discover the culture of Spain's cities on this 9-day trip, starting with a tour through Madrid and an evening of flamenco and tapas in Seville. Then make your way to Granada, passing through the village of Ronda and a winery along the way. You'll explore Granada's famous Alhambra palace and gardens, then fly to Barcelona for a cycling tour of its historic districts, as well as a visit to the sites of Gaudí's.
Spain is famous for many things, not least of which are its beautiful beaches, world-class gastronomy, royal palaces, and ancient cathedrals. Over 10 days you and the family will discover it all on an unforgettable journey that will take you from Barcelona to Madrid and finally to Andalusia. It's this last region that offers some of the most unique culture in the form of Moorish fortresses and flamenco rhythms.
Sure, Spain is famous for its food, fiestas, and great wine, but this European hotspot isn't merely for the adults. Besides the world-class beaches, there are historic castles, palaces and ample opportunities for adventure perfect for kids. You'll experience just that on a 15-day itinerary that covers not only Madrid and Andalusia but Barcelona and the Costa del Sol.
Any foodie with a love of travel owes it to themselves to visit Spain. There's a rich culinary heritage in all of this nation's autonomous regions, including Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. On this 15-day tour, you'll visit each of these areas and enjoy world-class tapas, seafood, and wine along the way.
See the cultural highlights of Spain's most captivating cities on this 10-day itinerary, showcasing Barcelona, Granada, and Sevilla. You'll start in Barcelona, fly to Granada where you will pick up your car rental and drive to Ronda, before ending your stay in Sevilla. Along the way, you will drive through the Andalusian mountains, explore colorful cities, and marvel at ornate Islamic architecture.
For every nightclub and beach party in Spain, there are 10 options for culture and family fun. This 16-day itinerary allows you and the brood to visit the nation's most iconic cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. Ancient castles, gothic churches, Mediterannean beaches, mountain villages, and even 4x4 off-roading make up some of the locales and activities you'll enjoy on this unforgettable vacation.
A little over two weeks is all you need to visit the highlights of Spain. This 16-day itinerary is a whirlwind of royal palaces and Moorish temples, world-class gastronomy and some of the most beautiful natural landscapes anywhere in the world. The destinations you'll visit cover the map, from Barcelona and Basque Country to Madrid and the stunning cities of Andalusia, like Seville and Granada.
This tour takes you from the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona to the vibrant streets of Madrid, finishing in the historic region of Andalusia in Spain's south. Along the way, visit the cities of Segovia and Toledo, as well as Ronda and the traditional white villages of Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra, including a hike along the Caminito del Rey. Enjoy a guided visit through the Alhambra in Granada, and ample time to explore Córdoba, Seville, and Cádiz on your own, all while enjoying traditional tapas, local wine, and a flamenco show.
The opportunities for fun and adventure in a country like Spain are inexhaustible. That said, this itinerary packs as much excitement into 11 days as possible and includes city tours of Madrid and Barcelona as well as visits to multiple locales in Andalusia. In this region, you'll enjoy the tapas and flamenco of Seville, wine tours of Ronda, and visiting the famous Alhambra fortress in Granada.
Experience the highlights of Spain on a 16-day tour of three distinct regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. It begins in the capital where you'll enjoy art tours and visit Madrid's grand plazas, parks, and the Royal Palace. Then you'll head south to Andalusia for flamenco performances and wine tours before closing out your epic holiday in the historic neighborhoods and beautiful beaches of Barcelona.
Spain is synonymous with historic sights and incredible cuisine. If you're going to experience these twin pillars of Spanish culture, you might as well do so in style. That's what this 16-day tour offers as you travel from the Mediterranean coast to the capital of Madrid and down into Andalusia, staying in great hotels and enjoying the finest meals and best wine throughout the journey.
This three-week itinerary delivers everything you could want in a Spanish holiday. It begins in Madrid before moving south to Andalusia, with its Moorish architecture and flamenco flavor. You'll then discover the food and culture of Barcelona, capping the trip in the Balearic Islands, where you'll explore postcard coves and the azure waters off Menorca and Mallorca.
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime. In 17 days you'll experience the highlights of Spain, from Barcelona to Basque Country, Madrid to Andalusia. It's a grand tour that covers all the hallmarks of this incomparable nation, from the legendary food to the beautiful landscapes to the legendary architecture and historic palaces.
Traveling through Spain is one thing—eating your way through it is quite another. On this immersive 17-day tour you'll get to do both as you discover this nation's cultural heritage as well as its rich gastronomic legacy. It's a road trip that will take you from Barcelona and Madrid to the western valleys and down into Andalusia as you sample local delicacies and drink fine wine.
With 12 days in Spain, you can visit three of its most famous regions. On walking tours of Madrid, you'll see historic sights like the Royal Palace. Then you'll travel down to the Andalusia region, making its capital of Seville your homebase before embarking on wine tours around Ronda and visits to historic palaces in Granada. The tour ends in Catalonia where you'll visit its best neighborhoods and beaches on a cycling tour.
Spain ranks right alongside France and Italy as one of the great foodie destinations in Europe. On an 18-day tour, you can visit the major regions of this country and indulge in its fine cuisine until your heart's content. This includes sampling the tapas of Madrid and Andalusia, savoring the fresh seafood on the coast, tasting great wines in the Spanish Basque Country, and even taking a traditional Spanish cooking class in Barcelona.
To do Spain right what you need is time, and 18 days is the perfect amount to get to the heart of this historic nation. This timeframe allows you to visit the Mediterranean coast and Barcelona, the Atlantic and Basque Country, the capital of Madrid, and finally southern Andalusia. Throughout, you'll stroll some of the most historic streets and marvel at some of the most ancient architecture anywhere in Europe.
This 12-day tour kicks off in Barcelona where you'll explore the city's fascinating culture and architecture, including Gaudí's UNESCO-listed landmarks. Next, head north to the Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200-km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water—for a blissful week on the Mediterranean while staying in a medieval town with great restaurants.
Why visit one beautiful country on Europe's Iberian Peninsula when you can visit both of them? This 13-day adventure begins in Portugal's historic capital of Lisbon and continues north to the equally stunning heritage city of Porto and the surrounding wine region. Then it's off to Spain, with not only stops at the best museums in Madrid but the best beaches in Barcelona and even further north along the Costa Brava.
Spain's culture is inexorably linked to its cuisine. To visit this country without experiencing its rich gastronomic offerings would render the entire endeavor moot. To avoid this unattractive scenario we offer you a 19-day tour that includes visits to all the historic and awe-inspiring sights of Spain's cities but also includes cooking classes, wine tours, olive-oil samplings, and all the tapas and regional dishes you can eat.
19 days is more than enough time to travel the length and breadth of Spain on a tour of the most remarkable locales in the country. This includes not only the capital of Madrid but the sunkissed metropolis of Barcelona, the Basque Country, and the southern Andalusia region. It's on this last leg of the journey that you'll discover some of the country's most historic landmarks that date back to the time of Moorish rule.
13 days in Spain is ample time to immerse yourself in its culture. On this adventure you'll visit three different regions, beginning in Madrid then heading south to Andalusia where you'll visit its historic palaces/fortresses and enjoy flamenco music and authentic tapas. You'll also take nature hikes around the mountaintop city of Ronda and close out your tour with cycling tours around the most famous neighborhoods of Barcelona.
Over 20 days you'll visit Spain's most beautiful and iconic regions as you spend time on both the Mediterranean and Pacific coasts. The journey begins in the north with stays in the incomparable city of Barcelona as well as the foodie haven of San Sebastian. Heading south, you'll enjoy the highlights of Madrid followed by a stop in Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish culture and romantic flamenco melodies.
Like Italy and France, Spain is defined by world-class cuisine and stunning locales. Over 20 days you'll visit the highlights—including Madrid, Barcelona, the Basque Country, and Andalusia—while enjoying delicious food every step of the way. To complement the experience you'll also enjoy wine tours and visit olive groves where you'll learn the secrets to great Spanish olive oil.
If the idea of country-hopping in Europe is appealing to you, then you're going to love this two-week Iberian adventure. It begins in Portugal with visits to Lisbon and Porto plus the surrounding wine country. Then you're off to Madrid for art and culture tours, day trips to Toledo, and finally a jaunt to beautiful Barcelona and the equally enticing Costa Brava.
This comprehensive Spain itinerary packs as many exciting activities and rewarding cultural experiences into 14 days as is possible. It begins in Madrid with visits to the major sights like the Royal Palace and continues south to Seville, known for its flamenco and tapas culture. You'll tour historic Andalusian towns like Córdoba and Granada, hike around the mountaintop city of Ronda, and close out the experience with a cycling and architecture tour of Barcelona.
Get to know the major regions of Spain with this three-week getaway from north to south. Begin in Barcelona and enjoy an immersion in Catalan culture, followed by a jaunt to Basque Country to sample world-renowned cuisine. Finally, head to the mountains of Málaga and further south through Andalusia, a region rich in Moorish culture and home to historic cities like Granada, Córdoba, and Seville.
Spend a delectable three weeks traveling through Spain from north to south and enjoying its world-class food and wine as you go. This 21-day gastronomic vacation will take you from Barcelona across the nation to Basque Country. From there, travel to the capital of Madrid and finally down into Andalusia, the birthplace of flamenco. Throughout, you'll dine on regional specialties like tapas, plus enjoy vineyard tours and guided visits to olive groves.
This two-week adventure kicks off in Barcelona where you'll explore fascinating art and culture, including Gaudí's UNESCO-listed landmarks. Then drive north to the Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200 km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water—for a blissful week on the Mediterranean. Finish in Vic for medieval villages and hiking trails before returning to Barcelona for one more night on the town.
Get ready for an adventure on the Iberian Peninsula. This comprehensive 15-day itinerary covers the highlights of both Portugal and Spain, including the capital cities of Lisbon and Madrid as well as Mediterranean beaches and the wine country near Porto. You'll also visit historic architectural marvels like the Pena Palace in Cintra, the famous cathedral of Toledo, and the Catalan-modernist buildings of Gaudí in Barcelona.
Take it easy on this two-week trip around the sunny beaches of Spain! You'll start with a few days in Barcelona, then drive north to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava, taking your time as you explore quiet coves and small villages by the sea. For the second part of the trip, you'll jet off to the Costa del Sol, basing yourself in seaside Marbella and quaint Ronda as you swim, sunbathe, hike, and relax.
If you want to experience every aspect of Spanish culture, this 15-day excursion is for you. You'll enjoy a diverse array of activities that includes sightseeing in major cities, visiting local artisans in Madrid, going on wine tours in Andalusia, attending live flamenco performances, enjoying traditional tapas, and more. The best part is you'll close out the adventure in Barcelona, the beautiful capital of Catalonia.
There's nothing quite like the Iberian Peninsula. It's home to Spain and Portugal, two distinct countries that feature some of the richest culture and most scenic locales in Europe. Over 16 unforgettable days, you'll visit the highlights of both nations, from Lisbon and Madrid to Porto and Barcelona—plus the Costa Brava, the Empordá wine region, and everywhere in between.
This complete 12-day itinerary highlights some of Spain's most enchanting cities, featuring Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. Begin in Madrid and explore historic Toledo, working your way into Andalucía and to Sevilla, Córdoba, Arcos de la Frontera, Ronda, and Granada. Fly to Barcelona and discover Gaudí's whimsical architecture, the 1000-year-old abbey in the Montserrat mountains, and the wines of the Penedès region.
This 3-week tour takes you from Madrid in Central Spain to Cádiz in the south, stopping along the way to enjoy personalized walking tours in cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. Experience the best of Spain's architecture (like the works of Gaudí in Barcelona), art (like the Picasso Museum in Málaga), and history (like the distinctive cultures of Toledo) while enjoying organic wine tasting, hiking in the scenic karst region, and visiting unique towns in Andalusia.
This 17-day itinerary has all the makings of an unforgettable Spanish adventure. You'll not only visit the most incredible sights in the most famous cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville, but you'll also make day trips to medieval gems like Ronda and Toledo. On top of taking food tours of local markets and tapas bars, you'll also head to the isles of Mallorca and Menorca for some sailing trips and coastal horseback riding.
This 18-day Spanish vacation packs in historic sights, gorgeous locales, and some of the best beaches. It begins in Madrid with a tour of its famous plazas and palaces, followed by a jaunt around Andalusia and its most beautiful cities, such as Seville, Ronda, and Grenada. But that's not all—you'll then fly off to Barcelona for Catalan culture in its Gothic Quarter before ending the trip on the postcard Balearic Islands.
The only way to improve on a journey through mainland Spain is to add an island adventure into the mix. Over 19 days you'll immerse yourself in cities like Madrid, Seville, Grenada, and Barcelona, visiting their historic sights and enjoying the regional cuisine. Beyond wine tours, art walks, and flamenco shows, you'll also jet off to the Balearic Islands and sail the sapphire waters of hot spots like Mallorca and Menorca.
With two-thirds of a month free, you can really immerse yourself in Spain. This 20-day itinerary allows you to visit three different regions, including Madrid, Andalusia, and Catalonia. Throughout the adventure, you'll enjoy great food, go on wine tours, take in a flamenco show, marvel at historic Gothic architecture, and even make time for a bit of island-hopping in Menorca and Mallorca.
Discover the highlights of Spain's cities and nature on this tour, starting in Picos de Europa National Park near Bilbao, and heading into Madrid via the UNESCO city of Segovia with its ancient Roman aqueduct. Visit the region of Andalucía, exploring the cities of Granada, Seville, and Ronda, plus hiking the Caminito del Rey, exploring the white villages, and enjoying an optional beach day. End your trip on the island of Mallorca, discovering its historic inland villages and coastal harbors, as well as its caves, mountains, and wineries.