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As the world reopens, there are plenty of you out there who are eager to travel internationally once again. Spain is one of the most welcoming European countries for visitors. With their efficient, rapid Renfe trains, the way one travels about the country has been revolutionized. It’s quick and easy to transfer between cities, eliminating the need for multiple flights and long car rides. Read on for a week-long itinerary if you have seven days and a thirst for Spain’s scenery, rich culture, and irresistible cuisine. Then, let’s chat about how to make this a reality for you soon!

Day 1-3: Madrid & Toledo

From taverns in the historical center to colorful food markets and tapas tours, Madrid is one of the most emblematic Spanish cities.   While in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, you’ll have the opportunity to visit:

● Medieval city center dating back to the Habsburg Empire
● Prado Museum
● Buen Retiro Park and the Crystal Palace
● Royal Palace and Gardens
● Puerta del Sol
● Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
● Plaza Mayor

 

plaza-mayor-madrid

Spend three nights in Madrid, including a trip to nearby Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the banks of the Tagus River, Toledo (originally known as Toletum) was known as the “city of three cultures.” Christians, Arabs, and Jews resided here in harmony for centuries, resulting in an incredible cultural legacy. Here, you can see:

● The Gothic cathedral
● Mosque of Cristo de la Luz
● Church of Santo Tomé, where you’ll find the famous painting by El Greco
● Alcazár Fortress

Day 4: Take the Train in Spain

barcelona-train station

In just two-and-a-half hours, you’ll zip from the Madrid-Atocha Station by high-speed AVE train to Barcelona.  But where should you stay? Check out these charming hotels.

Days 5-7: Barcelona & Montserrat

view of Catholic monastery Montserrat

Catholic Monastery Montserrat  Shutterstock

Spend a full day exploring Barcelona, including Gaudi’s modernist architecture, beach areas, vibrant neighborhoods, and cultural sites. Among the highlights:

● Sagrada Familia
● Park Güell
● Casa Milá and Casa Batlló
● Old Gothic Quarter
● Barceloneta beach area
● Passeig de Gracia shops
● Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
● Poble Espanyol
● Picasso Museum

 

Explore Outside the City

Located in the mountains for almost 1000 years, the Benedictine monastery is worth visiting when you are in Spain. After visiting the monastery and its museum, we recommend taking a cable car ride or enjoying a hike. On one of your days based in Barcelona, take a day trip to Montserrat and Montserrat Natural Park, just an hour from the city. Also, include visiting a cava winery in the Penedés wine region to taste the fine Catalonian sparkling wine.

 

There are countless ways to put together a Spain itinerary that satisfies your travel interests and style. Rail travel, combined with self-drive day trips, enables you to come and go as you please. Spend as much time in a city as you like before moving on. Talk to me about making your next big vacation spectacular in Spain!