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4 days in Spain - Madrid and Barcelona

My friend and I are doing a multicountry trip to Europe. We have four days to spend in Spain. We were thinking of doing two days in Madrid and two days in Barcelona. If we do this what should we do in those two cities and what is the best way to travel between them without wasting too much time? If there are two other cities that you think are more worthwhile please let us know! Any ideas/tips are greatly appreciated. Also if any of you have any recommendations on a great cheap hotel or hostel in Barcelona please let us know. 

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  • Emily Meets World

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    First of all I would definitely fly between the two - Easyjet and Ryanair are just two very cheap airlines. In 4 days you would waste far too much precious time travelling over land. In Madrid there is so much to see: , Parque del Retiro is a must, Royal Palace of Madrid, Templo de Debod and Museo del Prado are just a few of the other sights. It is a beautiful city! Find one of the little back street tapas restaurants they will have the best food :)

    Madrid(Templo de Debod)

    In Barcelona you should visit Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Parc Güell, La Rambla, Montjuïc fountain show, the gothic quarter but also there are lots of incredible buildings by Gaudi that are mind-blowing - I don't really get into architecture much but I loved Barcelona for it!

    Basílica de la Sagrada Família(Sagrada Familia Church)

    Can't really recommend a hostel it's been too long since I went but I would say these are 2 of my fave cities in Spain so good choice :) Obviously there is more to see elsewhere but you can only do so much in 4 days! Have fun x

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  • Ross Sparks

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    I would do one or the other! That is not enough time to do both and then figure in travel time you will be losing at least a whole day! Do yourself a favor and pick one, and dive in! I liked Madrid much more than Barcelona, but that's just me. The people weren't as fussy in Madrid but you can see how close Barcelona is to the Côte d’Azur so that answers that lol.

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    Best transport between Madrid/Barcelona is the AVE and apparently prices have dropped significantly.


    In Madrid, don't miss the Mercado de San Miguelnear the Plaza Mayor, lots a good food stalls.

    In Barca near the marina are many small streets filled with eateries as well, cheap cava and a sausage bocata, delicious.


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      Definitely the Mercado de San Miguel! · (0 likelikes)

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    I'd definitely take the train. The AVE is the high speed train and it may end up being cheaper and faster than a plane with the time you have to arrive early. Plus, you see a bit more of the country and Spanish train stations are often beautiful. You can look them up at the Renfe website and see what your options are. http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html

    There isn't much to add to the above as far as recommendations go. I do love Barcelona and there is much more to do in both those cities than you can possibly do in 4 days, so you won't have a difficult time filling the hours. Decide what's important to you - to check off the "must-see" sites, to see museums, to eat unique foods... and prioritize that way.

    As far as other cities, that is difficult given your time constraints. Each region of Spain is incredibly unique, so the cities are also very different. My favorites are Valencia and Seville because of the culture, celebrations, architecture, and history, but in Spain, there's no going wrong anywhere. Barcelona is loved - by Spanish as well, so it's almost always crowded which is the only downside.

    Enjoy your days. You'll have a marvelous time.


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    You should take the overnight train.

    In Barcelona I've stayed in Equity Point Centric - Hostel Barcelona which is great

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    We did roughly a similar schedule between the two. We flew into Madrid and railed to Barcelona. We enjoyed Museo del Prado, a leisurely walk in Parque del Retiro, Royal Palace of Madrid (stop for lunch across the street at Café de Oriente), Plaza Mayor and my favorite place Mercado de San Miguel.

    In Barcelona, we enjoyed visiting most of the sites having to do with Gaudi: Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Parc Güell, and La Pedrera. The El Barri Gòtic has great atmosphere and great night life. We enjoyed strolling along La Rambla and towards the end on the right is the La Boqueria-the food stalls are amazing. It's one of the best food halls I've ever seen. The waterfront area is fun to stroll through and if you are into athletics, make sure to visit the Olympic Park area.

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