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Madrid and Seville vacation

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Estimated average budget per person: 690€

(hotels with breakfast, meals, activities, tours and local transportation includedd)  

4 day - Madrid and Seville Vacation

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Enjoy a Madrid and seville vacation with this 4 day itinerary. Fantastic selection of hotels in both cities, insider hints, restaurants to enjoy local andalusian and madrid gastronomy and much more!

Both cities offer great day excursion opportunities in case you would like to extent your stay

Madrid and Seville vacation - itinerary planner

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Our budgets are based on average costs if you enjoy the different activities mentioned. Please bear in mind that prices vary from month to month, or also in case of special events at the city. 

You can add any of the elements we recommend to your trip plan list to ease your planning.

Madrid

Budget estimation
160 per person
  • Check-in at hotel
  • El Retiro Park
  • Light tapas meal
  • Goya & Serrano
  • El Prado Museum
  • Flamenco and dinner
DAY 1

Madrid

Budget estimation
155 per person
  • Gran Via and Sol
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Tapas meal at Mercado San Miguel
  • Royal Palace
  • Debod Temple
  • Fine dining or tapas in Plaza Santa Ana
DAY 2

Seville

Budget estimation
235 per person
  • High-speed train to Seville
  • Check-in at hotel
  • Alcazar
  • Andalusian meal
  • Plaza de España and Maria Luisa park
  • Walk by the river and Triana
  • Flamenco show
  • Tapas dinner
DAY 3

Seville

Budget estimation
140 per person
  • Cathedral & Giralda
  • Barrio Santa Cruz and tapas meal
  • Tapas meal
  • A walk in the centre and Metropol Parasol
  • Andalusian dinner
DAY 4

MADRID

Hotel options during your stay in Madrid

DAY 1 - MADRID

Estimated walking time

1,5 hours – 2,5 hours

On day 1 in Madrid we propose you to enjoy an oasis of greenery, tapas and culture.  The Retiro park was built as a preserve for kings but since 1868 it was opened to the public and it is one of our favorite places in Madrid. Another highlight of the day is the spectacular Palacio de Comunicaciones (today the town hall) Out of the 3 art-galleries in Paseo del Prado we have opted for el PRado, but Reina Sofia or the Thyseen museum may be more suited to your taste… or you may prefer to enjoy the wax museum, or the naval museum or the bonatical gardens near the Retiro park (all 3 perfectly located within this itienrary too) 

Madrid Day 1 - Recommended itinerary

Gastronómico Corral de la Morería – Restaurant and Flamenco show near the Royal Palace

Perhaps the best flamenco performance you will find in Madrid as well as some of the best food you can enjoy, prepared by Michelin star chef David García. A triumph.

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The itinerary for the day

Insider´s hints

Atocha train station

Take one of the earliest trains from Barcelona to enjoy the day in Madrid. The main area at Atocha station is a fantastic example of civil architecture with an iron and glass structure and tropical garden inside. 

El Retiro Park

Do not miss the Palacio de Cristal, the Retiro´s most beautiful monument. We recommend to start your walk from the entrance closest to the Prado museum. The Retiro is one of the few places in the world with a statue dedicated to the Fallen Angel (Lucifer). Your visit should include a stop at one of the terraces near the lake or the Paseo de Carruajes. We recommend to leave the Retiro from Puerta de Alcala, Madrid´s most famous Gate.

Tapas like a Madrileño  If you would like to enjoy tapas like Madriñeos do we recommend you exist the Retiro in Avenida Menendez Pelayo and get to streets Doctor Castelo and Menorca where many bars await you.  You can continue your itinerary in Goya and Serrano streets. These streets are one of Madrid´s main shopping districts. Serrano is home to some of the most exclusive shops in town. If you opt to walk from El Retiro straight to Plaza de Colón you will also find many bars and restaurants with tapas menu. 

Near Plaza de Colón If you are fond of chocolate you will find one of Madrid´s best shops near Colon (Cacao Sampaka) behind the romantic park of Plaza de la Villa de Paris.  Plaza de Santa Barbara is very close too, a local´s favorite for cañas ((the way locals refer to beer)

Recoletos and Cibeles. Cafe Gijón is one of Madrid´s most famous coffee-shops with lots of history.

At Cibeles (the square where real Madrid fans celebrate when the team wins a championship) you may decide to visit the City Hall. Views from the upper terrace are fantastic. 

 

DAY 2 - MADRID

Estimated walking time

1 hour – 3 hours

On day 2 you will enjoy the Madrid where the Royal power seated. But you will also enjoy fantastic Plazas!  The itinerary will take you first through Gran Via and Puerta del Sol, 2 of Madrid´s most reknown areas. Sol is meant to be Spain´s 0 kilometer. Plaza Mayor follows., one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. We recommend to enjoy tapas in Mercado San Miguel and then head to the 3rd beautiful Plaza of the Day: Plaza de la Villa, which offers a deep contrast to the Plaza de Oriente which overlooks both the royal palace and the opera house. Our itinerary ends in Templo de Debod, where you will enjoy the best views of the city!

Insider´s hints

Gran Via and Sol

We recommend to start the itinerary drinking a coffee at one of the best terraces in Madrid (Hotel Principal or, on the other side of street, Círculo de bellas Artes). Do not miss the Metropolis and the Telefonica building (once the highest building in Madrid). 

The clock in Sol hosts every New year´s eve the count-down for the start of the New year. 

Plaza de Oriente

If you would appreciate to try a good paella or high quality cocido you will find 2 good options near the Opera House (El pato mudo for paella and La Bola for Cocido) 

La Almudena Cathedral and San Francisco el Grande

From San Miguel market you may decide to get to the Royal Palace through the Latina area instead of calle Mayor and Plaza de la Villa.. You will find some of Madrid best bars in Cava Baja and Cava Alta (and also Lucio restaurant).  If you enjoy a bit of atmosphere we recommend you to stop at the terrace of el Viajero. At the end of this “tapas detour” you will find la Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, which holds Madrid´s largest dome. From there you can continue to the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. 

Seville

Hotel options during your stay in Seville

Welldone Quality - Crystal pool 2 star

Welldone Quality – Crystal pool – 2 star – Seville

Hotel Welldone Quality – Crystal pool The Welldone Quality – Crystal pool is ideally located in the historical city center of Seville, less than 1 km from the Plaza de Armas, 14 minutes walking from the Santa Cruz neighborhood, and 1,3 km from the Alcázar in Seville. All rooms at

Romantic luxury hotels in Seville

Hotel Palacio De Villapanés – Spectacular 5 star palace in Seville

Hotel Palacio De Villapanés in Seville This hotel has been a palace of the noble family of Villapanes in Seville for centuries. Today all guests can enjoy the fantastic baroque architecture of this building that has been carefully renovated to meet the highest standards of quality. This palace offers the

DAY 3 - SEVILLE

Estimated walking time

1,5 hour

On day 1 in Seville  you will get to understand why locals claim that “Sevilla tiene un color especial” as a famous Spanish song says…

“Sevilla tiene un color especial” claims a famous Spanish song… The soul of this city may emerge from the passion of Flamenco in the taverns of Triana neighborhood, or from the greedy conquistadores that populated it, or you may have to blame Easter for it. No matter where the truth is that few cities in the world can pride themselves on being a perfect mix of beauty and charisma.  Today you will learn about the history of Seville at the Alcazar, enjoy one of its most relaxing areas in Maria Luisa and, discover the passion of Flamenco.

Seville Day 1 - Recommended itinerary

The Real Alcazar of Seville – much more than Game of thrones

Lawrence the Arabia or Games of Thrones are amongst the many movies filmed here

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Ispal- Seville

ISPAL is the latest project put forth by the La Raza restaurant group which has been at the top of the culinary world in Seville since 1932. Located in the heart of Seville, ISPAL is a restaurant dedicated 100% to traditional Sevillian cuisine, recovering long-forgotten traditional Sevillian recipes and preparing them with Avant-guard techniques. Chef Antonio Bort uses only local, fresh ingredients to bring his recipes to life. ISPAL only works with local providers from the province of Seville to source their ingredients. ISPAL is the only restaurant in the world that offers 100% Sevillian food. ISPAL also offers an extensive wine list, designed by sommelier Rafael Bellido, featuring Sevillian wine. The most AUTHENTICALLY Sevillian dining experience you will find.

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Plaza de España in Seville – a complete guide

Its blue and white benches represent the 48 Spanish provinces, with their corresponding maps

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Flamenco Shows in Seville

Complete guide to enjoy flamenco in Seville. The best flamenco shows in Seville, peñas, cultural centers and much more

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The itinerary for the day

Insider´s hints

The Alcazar

The Alcazar . Not many people know that the Alcazar is one of Spain´s most visited monuments. It was always very visited, but having been used for Game of Thrones has increased its popularity. We strongly recommend booking a tour to avoid queues or get there very early and with your ticket booked

Archivo de Indias

Located right next to the Alcazar, the Archivo de Indias has some amazing documents in it like the ones used by Cirstonal Columbus to calculate the latitude and longitude of this first trip. The entrance ticket is free, and you will be able to enjoy an exciting video.

Horse-drawn carriage

This is an exciting way to enjoy Seville. You will find many people that offer a ride. In order to avoid problems with the prices, the City-hall fixes a price each year. We recommend checking the current price at the tourism office to ensure you know the exact amount to pay. 

Plaza de España

It is widely known today that the Alcazar has been used in Game of thrones. Fewer people know that La Plaza de España was used in Lawerence de Arabia. Seville turned out to be a real oasis for the filming crew after having spent weeks at the dessert in Jordan.

On your way to Triana 

Walk by the river. Once you leave the Park, we recommend not to enter Triana by the Puente de los Remedios, but to do it by the Puente de San Telmo to enjoy a walk next to the river.

Pescaito and tapas

Once you are finished with Flamenco we recommend you enjoy a bit of fried fish (pescaito) and tapas in Calle betis in Triana

DAY 2 - SEVILLE

Estimated walking time

1 hour – 3 hours

On day 2 in Seville you will get to know the world´s largest Cathedral, enjoy a walk and tapas at one of the most famous neighbourhoods in the world (Santa Cruz) and enjoy Seville as locals do by visiting Calle Sierpes and its shops and end your visit at the opinion-dividing largest wooden building in the world (Metropol parasol)

La Giralda and Cathedral in Seville – The largest in the world

The tower of Seville’s Cathedral is one of the most famous monuments of the city, a simbol, next to the Tower of Gold and the Triana Bridge.

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Cuna 2 – Baco- Seville

Baco is located a few meters from the cathedral of Seville and is one of the tops restaurants in the city. The specialty at Baco is Cod, which they serve in many different ways, but there really isn't anything that isn't worth a taste on their menu. The restaurant is equal parts elegant and traditional. The food, the location, and the ambiance make Baco one of the best all-around dining experiences you can have in Seville.

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The itinerary for the day

Insider´s hints

Seville´s Cathedral

The cathedral is the world´s largest Cathedral. The old mosque was used as a church till 1402, but then the church authorities decided to build the largest Cathedral in the world. A guided tour is highly advisable.

Santa Cruz

Unknown to most tourists, the Plaza de las Cruces in Santa Cruz neighbourhood is, in reality, a street that widens and where three crosses stand in the middle. If you pay attention, you will also find more crosses in the walls.

Santa Cruz

Besides the Plaza de Santa cruz (which gives its name to the district) and the romantic Plaza de Doña Elvira we recommend you Plaza de Alfaro. On the ground floor of the palace off Lope de Rueda there is a forging window which locals refer to as “La Reja del Diablo” . The design of this forge work is almost impossible to accomplish: “the devil´s work”.

Calle Sierpes
The origin of the name of his street hides a dark story, the sort you would find in a Stephen King novel. The street was known before as Calle Espaderos (blade maker) due to the number of workshops dedidcated to swords. But the name changed to Sierpes. Locals start to call it like that due to a legend. In the mid XV century children disappeared in Calle Espaderos and a huge snake (serpiente in Spanish) was found guilty. Locals started to refer to the street as Calle de la Sierpe.

Calle Sierpes
Do not miss these fantastic facades and shops. Confitería La Campana, Real Circulo de Labradores, papelería Ferrer, El cronometro , maquedano sombreros, abanicos Diaz and Robles Laredo bar (where you can actually stop for a well-deserved drink!)

Metropol parasol

You will be able to decide for yourself if you love it or hate! (Metrosol-parasol divided local opinions when it was built). Five inmense mushroom-like pillars hold up a gigantic undulating roof

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