Barcelona is the start of many itineraries in Spain. Barcelona is Spain´s second-largest city in Spain and it offers fantastic airplane connections. We think a good option to enjoy this itinerary is to travel by train from Barcelona to Madrid and then, hire a car in Madrid to enjoy the rest of the itinerary. If you would like to enjoy a self-guided trip but without the need to use the car we recommend you have a look at this 6-day vacation from Barcelona to Seville in which the only transportation needed is the train.
A fast train will take you in less than 3 hours from Barcelona to Madrid, where you will enjoy one of the largest concentrations of art museums in the world, plus also fairy tale towns nearby like Segovia or Toledo.
This itinerary proposes to get to Andalusia from Madrid through Extremadura. This is one of Spain´s least-known corners, one more reason to enjoy it for sure. You will find here some of Spain´s top gems. From Extremadura, the itinerary takes you to Andalusia. It starts with probably the most well-known city: Seville. You will think you have arrived at a different country; a magical land where flamenco is danced, white villages shape the landscapes and Moorish heritage has been well preserved. Get ready to enjoy some of the most amazing monuments in the world, like the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the amazing Alhambra.
We recommend a minimum of 12 days to enjoy this complete itinerary from Barcelona to Andalusia via Madrid. For each of the main stops, you will find guides with many ideas and recommendations to ensure you will be able to extend your trip as needed and adapt the itinerary to your taste. At the end of this travel guide, we have included the top highlights in this itinerary, but you will find many more amazing things to see and do on each of the city guides.