Two days in Madrid and four in Barcelona. A beautiful trip through an amazing country and across two of Spain best cities.
Madrid and Barca in a week
Two days in Madrid and four in Barcelona. A beautiful trip through an amazing country and
across two of Spain best cities.
Museo Reina Sofia
One of the most extraordinary private collections of predominantly European art in the world, the Museo
Thyssen-Bornemisza is a worthy member of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of art. Where the Museo del Prado
or Centro de Arte Reina Sofía enable you to study the body of work ...
Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid
Madrid's botanical garden was inspired by Fernando VI, who in 1755 gave the order for its creation on the
banks of the River Manzanares. Then, in 1774, Carlos III ordered it to be transferred to its current location
in the Plaza Murillo, alongside the Paseo del Prado, where it wa ...
Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza de la Cibeles evokes the splendour of imperial Madrid. The jewel in the crown is the astonishing
Palacio de Comunicaciones. Completed in 1917 by Antonio Palacios, Madrid’s most prolific architect of the
belle époque, it combines elements of the North American monumental ...
Think of sitting back in a comfy seat, holding a nice cold caña in one hand -easing the heat from the warm
Madrid evening - and a foil wrapped bocadillo in the other, whilst watching a selection of the world's best
footballers on show - what more could a footie fan want? An easy ...
Puerta de Alcalá
This imposing triumphal gate was once the main entrance to the city (its name derives from the fact that
the road that passed under it led to Alcalá de Henares) and was surrounded by the city’s walls. It was here
that the city authorities controlled access to the capital and l ...
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
The National Archaeological Museum of Spain is a museum in Madrid, Spain, located beside the Plaza de
Colón. sharing its building with the National Library. The museum was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree
of Isabella II, and its purpose was to be a depository for numismatic, ar ...
Biblioteca Nacional De Espana
Between Madrid's Recoletos avenue and Serrano street, alongside Plaza de Colón Square, you will find the
majestic National Library building. It has a rectangular floor plan and is neoclassical in style. Special
mention should be made of its broad exterior staircase and its main ...
Puerta del Sol
The official centre point of Spain is a gracious hemisphere of elegant facades that’s often very crowded. In
Madrid’s earliest days, the Puerta del Sol was the eastern gate of the city. Plaza de la Puerta del Sol comes
into its own on New Year’s Eve, when madrileños pack i ...
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace is one of the top tourist attractions in Madrid. It is the official residence for the Royal
family, but these days they only use it for state ceremonies. The rest of the time it's open to the public.
The first stone of the cathedral was laid in 1883 by King Alfonso XII, and the result was consecrated by
Pope John Paul II in 1993. Built on the site of the old church of Santa María de la Almudena. the new
cathedral was intended to be Gothic in style, with needles and spires; f ...
Fuente de Neptuno
Fuente de Neptuno, or Neptune’s Fountain, stands in a fountain in beautiful Plaza Cánovas del Castillo. The
fountain is was built by Carlos III who commissioned Ventura Rodríguez in 1780 to further beautify the
city. Interestingly, Atletico de Madrid soccer fans meet here to ...
Puerta de Toledo Monument
The Basílica de San Francisco El Grande dominates the skyline at the southern reaches of La Latina. Its
extravagantly frescoed dome is, by some estimates, the largest in Spain and the fourth-largest in the
world, with a height of 56m and diameter of 33m. The baroque basilica has ...
Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
The Basilica of St. Francis has a round floor plan and boasts the largest dome in Spain, at 108 feet in
diameter - even larger than that of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The church incorporates three
chapels, including the Chapel of San Bernardino de Siena with a magnificent pa ...
In the heart of Madrid, this famous square was known as the Plaza de Arrabal during medieval
times, when it stood outside the city wall. The original architect of Plaza Mayor itself was Juan Gómez de
Mora, who worked during the reign of Philip III. Under the Habsburgs, the squa ...
This is the oldest restaurant in the world. which also appears in many novels about Madrid, most notably
Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. The secret of its staying power is fine cochinillo and cordero asado
cooked in wood-fired ovens. Eating in the vaulted cellar is a treat.
Plaza de España
You just have to look at the number of people lying on the grass alongside the fountains or resting on the
park benches to know this is a popular spot. The most prominent feature is the statue dedicated to Spain's
most famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes, that depicts his two prin ...
The lively street is one of the city's most important shopping areas. It also contains a large number of
hotels and large movie theaters. But what makes this street so special it the architectural design of many
of the large buildings. While walking through this crowded street ma ...
La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona. The wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya, a
busy square, with the Columbus Monument and the city's waterfront. The often crowded street is popular
with tourists and locals alike. The middle part of the Rambla is pedestr ...
Barcelona's most spectacular food market, also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep, is an explosion of life
and color sprinkled with delicious little bar-restaurants. A solid polychrome wall of fruits, herbs, wild
mushrooms, vegetables, nuts, candied fruits, cheeses, hams, fish, po ...
This Barcelona landmark to Christopher Columbus sits grandly at the foot of the Rambla along the wide
harbor-front promenade of the Passeig de Colom, not far from the very shipyards that constructed two of
the ships of his tiny but immortal fleet. Standing atop the 150-foot-high ...
Museu Maritim De Barcelona
The Museum Marítim is located by the waterfront in one of Barcelona’s finest landmark buildings: the
Reials Drassanes, the medieval shipyards which are a unique example of civic Gothic architecture. Since
1929, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona has built up a major collection of ...
Formerly an obsolete harbor, Port Vell is a modern yacht-basin and entertainment center. It's a very
touristy area, with the Barcelona Aquarium and the Catalonia History Museum as some of its main
attractions. The biggest attraction of the Port Vell is the aquarium, one of the la ...
Barcelona Olympic Village
This panorama shows some of the buildings and sculptures of the Barcelona Olympic Village. The two
towers, one now the Hotel Arts, dominate the skyline.
Barcelona Bus Turistic
This hop-on, hop-off service covers three circuits linking virtually all the major tourist sights. Tourist
offices, TMB transport authority offices and many hotels have leaflets explaining the system. Each of the
two main circuits takes approximately two hours. The third circuit, ...
Zoo De Barcelona
The zoo is a great day out for kids, with 7500 critters that range from geckos to gorillas – there are more
than 400 species, plus picnic areas dotted all around. A new site being built on the coast of El Fòrum
northeast of the city centre will ease the currently slightly crow ...
The Palau de la Generalitat is a historic palace in Barcelona, Catalonia, northern Spain. It houses the
offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya. It is one of the few buildings of medieval origin
in Europe that still functions as a seat of government and houses t ...
South of Sant Pere, across c/de la Princesa, La Ribera sports Barcelona’s biggest single tourist attraction,
the Museu Picasso. The sheer number of visitors in this neighbourhood rivals the busiest streets of the
Barri Gòtic, and this has had a knock-on effect in terms of the ...
Catedral La Seu
In the center of the Barri Gòtic. the heart of Barcelona, is the city's Gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. The
first stone of the current church was laid in the 13th century, but it would last until the early 20th century
before the cathedral was fully completed. The church was ...
The Barcelona Barri Gotic area is also known as the Gothic Quarter and is the area in which the old town
of Barcelona is situated. As you will see from the following photos the streets vary considerably in style
but the old quarter is generally characterized by narrow cobbled str ...
A cultural melting pot as well as one of Barcelona's oldest districts, El Raval smells, tastes, looks and feels
different to other parts of Barcelona. Here you'll find Asian restaurants rubbing shoulders with Art Deco
cafes and medieval monuments, while the nightlife is as lively ...
Casa Mila-La Pedrera
Everything in this building is curved and undulating. Its originality and the techniques used in its
construction are surprising throughout. This is one of the best-known works of the architect Gaudí, and is
one of the symbols of Barcelona. It was built between 1906 and 1912, an ...
If you only have time for one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe with its
sheer verticality and, in the true manner of the great medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still not finished
after more than 100 years. Work is proceeding apace, ho ...
Els Quatre Gats
Els Quatre Gats is a modernist cafe/restaurant/bar tucked away down a little side street just off the main
shopping walkway at Avda Portal d' Angel in the Barri Gotic. This cafe/restaurant was a popular haunt for
the young Picasso in the early 1900's and here he undertook his ver ...
Plaça de la Universitat
Plaça de la Universitat is one of Barcelona's central squares, split between the districts of Eixample and
Ciutat Vella. It's on the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Carrer d'Aribau and Ronda de Sant
Antoni, to the west of Plaça de Catalunya, to which it's linke ...
Cornellà de Llobregat
Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city
centre and the place where the old city and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. Some of the city's most
important streets and avenues meet at Plaça Catalunya: Passeig de ...
Next door to the Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló was designed by Gaudí in 1905 and is hands-down the
superior of the three works in the manzana. Using sensuous curves in iron and stone and
glittering, luminous trencadis on the facade, the Casa Batlló is widely thought to represent ...
North of Gràcia, Park Güell is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening and the artificial almost
seems more natural than the natural. Park Güell originated in 1900 when Count Eusebi Güell bought a
hillside property and hired Gaudí to create a miniature garden cit ...
Sarria Sant Gervasi is one of the largest districts in Barcelona. Although it is situated right in the city, Sarria
Barcelona still manages to maintain a small-town feel, with narrow quiet streets and quaint houses with
little gardens. Sarria Sant Gervasi is a great place for tou ...
Cafe' de L'Opera
Situated towards the lower end of Las Ramblas, it's a welcome haven from the chaos on the streets. You
won't feel out of place on your own and you're as likley to pull here as at any of the 'official' cruising
galleries around town. It also has a terrace on the boulevard during t ...
Basilica De Santa Maria Del Mar
The most beautiful example of early Catalan Gothic architecture, Santa Maria del Mar is extraordinary for
its unbroken lines and elegance. The lightness of the interior is especially surprising considering the blocky
exterior. The site, originally outside the 1st- to 4th-century ...
Miramelindo - Barcelona A splendid place for this post modern bar called Miramelindo: a gothic building
very closet o the Picasso Museum. In a large room, tanned lights, a nice wood bar serving delicious
cocktails, specifically the Coca cocktail with cognac and coconut milk. all ...
Origen 99,9% is a culinary/cultural space whose purpose is to showcase catalan culinary culture.
Traditional recipes, wisely modernised to allow for sampling of multiple dishes and improve
presentation, all made with local produce and accompanied by explanations of its origins an ...
Monestir de Pedralbes
This marvel of a monastery, named for its original white stones. is really a convent for the Franciscan order
of Poor Clares founded in 1326 by Reina Elisenda. The three-story Gothic cloister, one of the finest in
Europe, surrounds a lush garden. The day cells, where the nuns spe ...
Gaudi's Dragon Fountain
This extraordinary fountain is located in Park Güell, the famous park in Barcelona. One of the most
interesting sculpture is the world famous fountain named "the Dragon", symbol of fire and alchemy. It's
located under the terrace composing the main place of Park Güell, and at t ...
Plaça d'Espanya is one of Barcelona's most important squares, built on the occasion of the 1929
International Exhibition, held at the foot of Montjuïc, in the Sants-Montjuïc district. One of the city's
biggest squares, it is the junction of several major thoroughfares: Gran Vi ...
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