From Barcelona to Seville – A 12-day trip around the major cities of Spain

For our second tour we’ve chosen Spain! Let’s start from the biggest city of the Catalan region, Barcelona, and then move to the capital of the Spanish “movida”, Madrid!  To end your trip we suggest 4 days in Seville enjoying the sun of the south of Spain!

4 days discovering Barcelona

Barcelona can be called the Gaudì city since you can find his footprint in every corner of the city. It is the biggest city of the Catalan region of Spain and it offers everything you’re looking for! In this great city you cannot miss to visit the two pearls from Antoni Gaudì, about Casa Battlò and Casa Milà, located in the most fashion boulevard of the city, Passeig de Gracia. If you want to admire the beautiful panorama of the city, we suggest you to go to Park Güell, where you can seat on the colourful benches designed by the famous architect and admire his fabulous mosaics. Besides Park Güell, you can admire an amazing panoramic view also from Montjuic and from the Tibidabo, which dominates the city from above.

Once in Barcelona, don’t forget to try a juice in one of the local markets of the city. The most famous is “El Mercado de San José”, known as “La Boquería”. We suggest you to visit the Gotic district and El Born. The “Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar”, symbol of the Catalan Gotic, is worth a visit as well as the “Catedral de Barcelona”. Naturally, you cannot leave before tasting the Catalan cooking. For lunch, we recommend you the Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria), founded in 1969, and which has become a must in the city. Read our Barcelona city guide to get the most from your trip.

Choose your apartment!

In Barcelona the possibilities are numerous with over 590 apartments distributed in 18 different districts.

Originally designed apartment for 4 guests located just a few steps from the Sagrada Familia. It offers a great base from which to discover this fantastic city!

Elegant apartment in the city center which can accommodate up to 7 people. It is located in a traditional building, which was renovated in 2007.

How to reach Madrid?

Madrid is located more than 600 km away from Barcelona. The trip by train lasts 2:55 hours and the ticket costs € 117, 70 one way. Given that, we suggest you to take the plane. This way you can save money and time. The flight lasts 1:35 hours and you can find flights starting from € 18, 00.

To get to the airport of Barcelona the best ways are the Airport bus service and the train. With the bus you can reach the airport El Prat in 20-30 min. A single journey costs 5.90€.

4 days discovering Madrid

There are four different ways to get from the airport to the city center of Madrid. You can use the metro, the bus, the train and the taxi. Read our guide to discover prices and timetables.

Madrid is the largest city of Spain and it is the capital of the Spanish “movida”! In Madrid you can find everything you’re looking for. If you’re fond of art you can visit many museums, such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Nacional del Prado. Moreover, for the football lovers a visit to the Museo del Real Madrid is a must.

Taking a stroll around the city you can admire the Plaza Mayor and for a really good lunch we recommend the Mercado de San Miguel. We suggest you to have your dinner at Sobrino de Botín, the oldest restaurant in Europe, and taste the real Spanish paella. Don’t leave Madrid before visiting the Malasaña district! Here you can find the real Spanish night life with many locals open until 3:00. Don’t forget to read our Madrid city guide and live your vacation like a local.

Choose your apartment!

We’ve selected 2 lovely apartments for your stay in the Spanish capital.

Cheerful apartment for 4 guests located in the center of Madrid, close to some of its most emblematic sites, such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the Paseo del Prado. 

Apartment for 6 guests located just 6 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol, in the Fuencarral pedestrian street full of restaurants and shops, right in the middle of the two most famous districts of Madrid Malasaña and Chueca.

How to reach Seville?

By plane: the flight from Madrid to Seville lasts 2 hours and the prices start from € 30 one-way. To get to the airport you can take the metro (the trip takes around 15 minutes); the bus (the trip takes around 40 minutes), the train (the trip takes around 11 minutes) or the taxi.

By train: if you prefer a comfortable trip, the train is the best way. With the high speed Renfe train in 2:30 hours you can be in Seville and the price is about € 70, 00.

4 days discovering Seville

From the airport to the city center: Seville’s San Pablo Airport (SVQ) is about 10 km to the north east of the city and is located between Seville and Rinconada. Taxis are the quickest way to get to the city center. Read our guide to know more about the transportation.

Seville is the capital of Andalusia region. Once in the city you cannot miss the Seville Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Alcazar of Seville, the Spanish Royal family’s official residence in Seville, although visitors have access to a large portion of the buildings; the “Barrio de Santa Cruz” which is the most picturesque and it is worth absolutely a visit. To look at the city of Seville from a different point of view, go to the Prado de San Sebastian and get on the Ferris wheel.

We suggest you to have breakfast at a café near the Maria Luisa Park – Café Ambar on Avenida Carlos V is a low-key option popular with locals. Don’t forget to visit the Torre del Oro and the small Baroque church of the Macarena. We recommend you to have a drink at El Rinconcillo tapas bar on Calle Gerona. It is one of the oldest tapas bars in Seville and is full of character.

Your final evening in Seville will go out with a bang by watching a flamenco show at one of the city’s most popular spots, La Carbonería.

Choose your apartment!

We’ve selected 2 lovely apartments for your stay.

Sunny apartment for 3 guests. On the top floor of the building there is a communal terrace to enjoy and admire the fabulous views over the Cathedral and the Giralda.

Apartment for 6 guests with two lovely bedrooms. Enjoy the comfort of the roof terrace, and enjoy the wonderful views of the city around a nice meal or simply a cold drink.

Have you ever been in these cities? What are you waiting for? Summer is the best season to explore Spain! Pack your bags and GowithOh!

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.
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